My novel is based around an old folklore I have yet to write.

If this is not prudent or not proper etiquette, knowledge is power. Any assistance would be appreciated.

My novel is based around an old folklore I have yet to write. And honestly, I can’t. I’m an auditory learner and no one wants to sit down with me and hash out this ole tale o’ three brothers. So I’m reaching out as an open forum. I’m having a hard time articulating in a way that sounds “passed down from generation to generation”. Chime in if you even have a little insight, even if it’s “You should probably try a different venue.” Thanks…


The story is about four brothers. The big brother acts as a guardian and protector of the little “special” brother by resolving conflicts caused by the other siblings. The other two are twins. One is the mastermind and is  super mean to the youngest and the other just goes along with everything the other says and does. I guess the twins try to sell the youngest brother to a side show or what have you. I have yet to figure out the main conflict aside from the twins are bad.
Main points of said fairytale:

1. The little brother is special. Has special powers or looks different, however it is not known what the power is. Simply, no one knows how he is special. We can only speculate.

2. Have not put any thought into parents. Maybe they are orphaned and the big brother cares for all of them.

3. The twins need to maybe try to sell the little brother off to a side show or something.

4. All of their lives end up in danger as a result of the twins plan. With the help of the big brother, the little brother saves all of them (even the mean twins).

There isn’t so much a moral to the story, but a prophesy of something to come. Each person in the world is one of the brothers. You have “the gift”, you protect the ones with the gift, you are evil and crave power, or you go along with whatever.

It is a bed time story told to children in order to share the prophesy of what’s to come. No one knows when or if it will ever come to pass. It’s just a tradition, in case it does.

Super strange, I know, but it’s exciting.


Dacia Arnold is an author that struggles to find a balance of work, motherhood, marriage, writing, and the occasional craft. Her first full length novel, Apparent Power, is in the works to be released December 2018. Dacia served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and deployed twice to Iraq and often incorporates these experiences into her writings both fiction and non-fiction. She currently lives in Denver, Co with her husband, two children, and a fat beagle named Watson.

Reader Comments

  1. the twins could reason it out that special bro would be helping, and hey they need money to start their own business…twins are good at talking people into doing what they want, esp special bro… while big bro is out, they implement their plan… the man willing to buy special bro is in the freak show, has been traveling from show to show, circus to gypsey camp… looking for/or collecting the special ones… the ones with potential, so that when the time comes, he will be able to control the one with the gift, no matter who gets it… when he gets there, the man is insulted/or just evil reasoning, decides to take all three… in comes big bro from ??? working/getting food/checking for trespassers… big fight… twins pissed, this isn’t wait was supposed to happen.. special bro scared, and big bro taken by surprise and loses.. all four go with man… special bro meets the other special kids, while his brothers are sent to part of camp for work force…big bro gets loose, tells twins to do what they do best and talk the other workers into revolting… big bro finds special bro and other specials… special bro asks why the man took them all, and big bro tells them all that they have the potential to be great… together they beat the evil man… 😛 happy wordage… hope this helps some… feel free to use all or none… Tracey L Clark

    1. This is so good and gets me so much closer to where I need to be. Kind of a “Hansel and Gretel in the witch’s candy house”. It’s a tremendous help. Thank you.

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