- Never cross a witch. Not just a proverb but very sound advice. What is not said is if you decide to ignore this, you definitely won't live to tell the tale.
- The most ordinary looking being is likely to be a powerful wizard so treat all with respect. Difficult to argue with this one, really. There are always sound reasons for never judging anyone by looks alone.
- Talking animals may well make more sense than you do. Especially if they warn you to stay away from their property on pain of death. This is likely to be aimed at blondes (the horror of Goldilocks' behaviour runs deep) but if you come across a cottage that seems to have animals living in it, do not visit unless invited.
- It's not the size of the wand or crystal ball that matters, it is what you do with it. And be very wary of those who can do a great deal with any magical equipment. They'll usually be keen to show you exactly what they can do and it's unlikely to be for a good reason.
- Fairy godmothers always turn up late. Just ask Cinderella...
Proverbs can be a great source of story ideas as they literally give you motivation or theme in one line. For example, the love of money is the source of all evil is a great theme (and I would say Wall Street is based on that premise). So what proverbs could be found in the fairytale world? My suggestions could include:-
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I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.