This morning I reviewed Sarah Strohmeyer’s wonderful book The Sleeping Beauty Proposal. One of the nifty things about that book is the way in which Strohmeyer takes the concept of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ tale and applies it to modern-day life:
“For the last four years,” she explained, “your life has been on hold. You haven’t grown or changed or anything. You’ve just been washing Hugh’s socks and doing his bidding, waiting for him to ask you to be his wife so you can start your life. …
“You remind me of that idiot Sleeping Beauty, lying around like a zoned-out zombie waiting for your prince. Well, guess what, he rode right past your castle tonight and now you have a choice—you can either go back to bed or you can wake up.”
Take another fairy tale and apply its basic concept to a modern-day relationship (romantic or otherwise). Take any approach you like, from literal to figurative, from physical to psychological. Try to do at least something interesting and ‘different’ with it. You can free-write your ideas on one side of a sheet of paper, brainstorm a story, start free-writing a piece of fiction, free-write an essay on the relationship between your chosen fairy tale and modern-day relationships, or anything else that occurs to you.