"Ah, do! dear, good mother," said the third.

This is a good road map to help you generate the higher level of story arc, where you want the story to go, and how things will change. We also talk briefly about narrative arc in our article, in case you want a simple way to tighten things up.

FAËRIE: Tolkien contrasted the fairy (the mythic creature) with Faërie, the latter being both the Otherworld realm where elves and fey creatures held sway and more generally the sense of magic and wonder associated with that place. Tolkien's understanding of the term changed over the years of his writing and scholarship, and he happily used the term as both a noun and an adjective, but in general the following were traits of Faërie:


"Ah, do! dear, good, kind, nice mother," said the fifth.

"Ah, do! dear, good, kind, nice, sweet mother," said the sixth.

"When I have run away from Goody Poody and the husband and seven squalling children, from Manny Panny, and Henny Penny, and Cocky Locky, and Ducky Lucky, I must run away from you too, Goosey Poosey," said the pancake, and away it rolled. So when it had rolled a long, very long time, it met a gander.


Good day, pancake," said the gander.

"When I have run away from Goody Poody and the husband and seven squalling children, I must run away from you too, Manny Panny," said the pancake, and rolled on and on, until it met a hen.

Talesof type 1430 about daydreams of wealth and fame.

"When I have run away from Goody Poody and the husband and seven squalling children, and from Manny Panny, I must run away from you too, Henny Penny," said the pancake, and rolled on like a wheel down the road. Then it met a cock.

The classic "Open Sesame" tale (type 676).

"When I have run away from Goody Poody and the husband and seven squalling children, from Manny Panny, and Henny Penny, I must run away from you too, Cocky Locky," said the pancake, and rolled and rolled on as fast as it could. When it had rolled a long time, it met a duck.

The Fairy Tales of Madame D'Aulnoy (1892)

"When I have run away from Goody Poody and the husband and seven squalling children, from Manny Panny, and Henny Penny, and Cocky Locky, I must run away from you too, Ducky Lucky," said the pancake, and with that it fell to rolling and rolling as fast as ever it could. When it had rolled a long, long time, it met a goose.

An excellent home page featuring Denmark'smost famous writer.

Below is the table of contents for The Fairy Tales of Madame d'Aulnoy, first published in 1892, still the largest collection of her tales translated into English, and an exclusive ebook first provided by SurLaLune.

d'Aulnoy's Tales from Andrew Lang's Fairy Books

This account, written about 1185 butbased on older oral tradition, describes the same players and events thatwere immortalized by William Shakespeare in his , written about 1602.