Day 13 – Start With A Bang

Today we continue with the third of my ‘fairy story’ structures: Hansel Gretel.

The Prompt

Start with a life-changing moment and lead your characters through the story to show us who they become.

hansel and gretel story structure


Hansel and Gretel starts off with a bang: two kids, alone in woods, abandoned!

What are they doing to do?

After the big opening, all their struggles teach us about the kids’ characters. By the time Gretel finally kicks the witch into the oven, grabs her brother and they make their way out of the witch’s cabin, we know enough about these kids to know they’re going to be OK.

How can you replicate this for your characters?


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4 thoughts on “Day 13 – Start With A Bang”

  1. Today’s story turned out a bit on the long side. I suppose the fairy tale idea got stuck in my head and my inciting incident was a woman finding a goblinish creature on the lawn at her farm, which prompts a realisation that fairies are real, and perhaps other things she hasn’t quite managed to admit to herself are…also real. I ended up really liking the characters, so I lingered with it a little longer than I have other stories this month. Not as dire as the plot of Hansel and Gretel. This turned out quite cute.

  2. Complete. I went with a horror story here – it’s funny, I never actually thought of how horrifying the tale of Hansel and Gretel actually is until I tried to write a modern adaptation. I really liked the result! I’m actually going to file this one away as a basis for a longer story later on, perhaps. Thank you for the prompt!

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