Friday, 8 May 2009

One story – so many different tales.

There is always more than one way to tell the same story. Some of these will obviously work a lot better than others, and it is up to us, as writers, to work out the best way of telling the tales that we have bubbling around inside our heads.

So here’s an example of how the same story can be told in many different ways.

Just before Christmas our writing group carried out a little exercise that you might want to try yourselves.

We selected a well known fairy tale that we were all familiar with, in this case Snow White, and then we each selected a different genre out of a hat. We then had to rewrite Snow White in the style of the genre we had picked.

Well I picked out romance so mine was a slushy Mills and Boon style offering revolving around the love triangle between Prince Charming, Snow White and Grumpy, and yes, the Prince and Grumpy did get together in the end.

We had stories written as horror and chick lit, science fiction (the dwarves are aliens) and of course it worked particularly well as crime.

But my favourite was Jackie’s offering as erotica – my what a wicked, wicked queen!!

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