Ballads are fun. They’re fun to read, fun to hear, and fun to write. Introducing The Ballad of Roselyn!
I love stories with magic, especially if there’s a dragon involved. I grew up with Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles (and Dianna Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series), and these books have had major influences on the way I think of magic (and dragons) in stories. I love how it almost has a mind of its own sometimes. Even if you don’t understand what you’re doing, there can be consequences….
For this week’s prompt, think of a situation in which a character doesn’t have all the information he (or she) ought to know. What if Dorothy didn’t know the Wicked Witch of the West was after her? Or if Sleeping Beauty’s parents don’t know to keep her away from spinning wheels? What if the Gingerbread Man didn’t know how edible he is (is that why he keeps running away)? Maybe Aladdin thought the genie’s home was just a lamp and never got his wishes. Now write a story about your character.
How does the missing information change the story? How different would the story be if the character had that information?