I have to let you in on a little secret. I am not a fan of prompts! Yes, I feel horribly guilty admitting this to you, especially on the 21st and final day of Start the Year Off Write! You’ve been doing prompts for nearly three weeks now. But I am prompt-challenged. Every time I have ever been faced with one, I have felt utterly paralyzed. I go blank. I become brain dead. I can’t come up with anything!
Every time except once.
It was 2002 and I was taking a Media Bistro class led by the fabulous and talented editor, Jill Davis. One day she gave us an assignment:
I want you to retell a fairy tale, but you can only use “three word” sentences.
This was the perfect exercise for me. I didn’t need to come up with an idea. The plot and characters were already there for me. All I needed to do was what I do best- play with words!
Mix and match.
Turn them inside out.
Make them fit together like puzzle pieces. I chose Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I was really pleased with the result. It even rhymed!
(And who knew at the time that I would have a future in fairy tales?)
Prompt #21: Retell a fairy tale (or any favorite story) using exactly three words in each and every sentence.
Corey Rosen Schwartz is the author of THE THREE NINJA PIGS and the upcoming GOLDI ROCKS AND THE THREE BEARS (which debuts on Feb. 6th!!) and NINJA RED RIDING HOOD (July 2014). Her singing is extremely pitchy, but she does hold Family Idol and X Factor events in her living room.by