Weekly Writing Prompt #31

The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known storytellers in the world. The first Volume of Grimms' fairy tales was released in 1812, and the second in 1814. By the seventh edition in 1857, 211 stories were included.

But it was actually on this day, in 1838, that the Brothers Grimm announced that they would write a German Dictionary. And 123 years later, it was published!

During their lifetime though, the fairytale collection that they are known for was translated into almost all European languages, while the German version boasted six editions. Stories were added and subtracted from one edition to the next, as the first volumes were criticised as not being suitable for children. Some of these such tales included 'The Children who played Slaughtering' and 'The Smith and The Devil'. I can see why. But the Brothers' collection of old folk tales has seen the popularity of other, more well-known, stories such as 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', 'Rapunzel' and 'Rumpelstiltskin'.

Today's writing prompt comes from one of their first tales, 'The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich'.

Ashley Knedler

Weekly Writing Prompt #25

Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy and futurism, Disneyland, opened this week in 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California. Today, Disneyland hosts more than 14 million visitors a year. That's a lot of dreams coming true.

We all know the classic Disney formula for stories. Simplified, you can break it down into the following parts:

Once upon a time there was ____. Every day ____. One day ____. Because of that, ____. 

Because of that, ____. Until finally ____. And they lived happily ever after.

Simple right? Through in some adventure, a meet-cute, some conflict and you have a best seller!

But for this week's prompt, I'm going to mix it up a little. You can still use the structure above and shuffle it, or take an existing Disney story and add to it or just start your own 'fairytale' where most others end. Because we all know that's never the whole story...

Thomas Kelley