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Writing a fairytale - November 16th 2010, 10:34 AM

For one of my coursework pieces for AS english language I'm doing an alternate ending of Cinderella.

I'm just struggling on how I'm going to show off my English ability whilst still aiming it to a young audience because I can't exactly use big words can I because they won't understand? :/ So if anyone can help me on that then thanks

Also, I don't even know what's going to happen in the story yet, I just know that i'm going to pick it up from when the clock strikes 12 and her disguise is going, and that it's not going to be a 'happily ever after' thing. So any ideas will be appreciated too

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Re: Writing a fairytale - November 16th 2010, 06:39 PM

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Re: Writing a fairytale - November 17th 2010, 12:38 AM

Be patient - this seems to be one of the slower boards.

As a writer (and not at all a speaker), when I have to consciously restrict vocabulary, I usually just envision myself as if I were to tell the story out loud, impromptu, to an audience - it works well for me, but the best thing to do there would be trying out different strategies. Write it first, even, and have someone in your target age group read it - let them point out what may be beyond their level.

I've always thought that children's book were much more focused on the creative aspect rather than advanced writing ability, so the plot is something I'd suggest you really spend time and work with. How do you usually seek out inspiration when writing according to set guidelines? I have tendency to create depressing endings out of everything - not sure if that's something you'd exactly want for a fairy tale.

Good luck with it though.
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Re: Writing a fairytale - November 17th 2010, 03:13 PM

Sorry it's just that it's in for tomorrow so I wanted to get cracking on my day off yesterday, but thanks for replying

Yeah I agree, I always seem to make a depresing ending. We have to write an essay analysing our coursework so maybe I could say that Fairytales are often glamourised as they always have a happy ending, so I created a not so happy ending to give a more realistic view to children to make them aware? I don't know :P

Thanks for the tips

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Re: Writing a fairytale - November 19th 2010, 04:26 PM

I am so sorry I saw this late! I blame myself for avoiding this forum!

Anyways, being a writer, I could've given you some tips, but seeing as it was due yesterday, I think it wouldn't do you much good anyways. Unless you still want them. Cinderella was my favorite fairytale growing up.

If you have any other writing assignments you need help on, feel free to PM me, or if you are posting in this forum, PM me the fact that you did so and I'll be able to help big time.

Hope you did well on your assignment and take care!
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Re: Writing a fairytale - November 21st 2010, 03:53 AM

Since you said it was for 'tomorrow' back on the 17th, I'm going to go ahead and close this. PM me if you want it reopened.

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