Fairytale Themed Writing Prompt 3: Conflict


Conflict drives stories. It provides struggle which acts as the crux for a narrative and makes us want to keep reading, with the expectation that it will somehow be resolved. There are two types of conflict: external conflict and internal conflict, both of which can be used to fuel the story.

Prompt: The conflict in Goldilocks and the Three Bears comes about when Goldilocks enters the bears’ home and interacts with objects she has no right to (ex: chair, porridge, bed). Tell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but reframe the central conflict, so the problem is no longer that of Goldilocks having trespassed. Consider exploring internal and external conflict within your version.

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Willow Loveday Little

Willow is a Canadian writer and poet based in Montreal. She is currently working on the first draft of a speculative fiction manuscript, the second draft of a literary fiction manuscript, and a handful of creative, writing-related projects. Her poetry has appeared in The Dalhousie Review. Start a conversation with her on creative process at @willowloveday or say hello at www.willowloveday.com