Write your own Dragon Story
This pennant is decorated with a dragon, which symbolises strength, goodness and the ability to change into something completely different. It is from the Ch’ing period which means it was made before 1863. A pennant is a flag and it is believed this one was taken in battle.
Dragons have always been popular within stories and films. Consider Harry Potter, How to Train your Dragon, The Last Dragon Slayer, The Hobbit and, of course, Edgar in the John Lewis Christmas advert.
Why not write your own story featuring a dragon, which you could then read to your family? If you want to make it even more exciting, you could illustrate it as well.
A good story might have:
including a main character which might or might not be your dragon
Where will you set your story? It might be a mystical island or in an amazing castle. What about a forest or in a cave deep underground? Or, how about in a museum?
Conflict / Resolution
Most stories have at least one major problem that needs to be overcome and there might be lots of little problems as well as the main one.
Examples might be:
A ‘baddie’ does something bad. Can the hero make them pay for it?
One character loves another who doesn’t seem to love them. How will it turn out?
Someone gets lost. How will they find their way to safety?
An important museum artefact goes missing. How will it be found?
A train’s brakes have failed and it is out of control. Can anyone save the passengers?
A fire is started accidentally in the forest. What will happen? Can the forest animals be saved?
(introducing the characters and story)
(the main story including the biggest problem)
(how the problem is solved and how the story ends)
Some authors don’t decide on the title until they have finished the story and it might be changed lots of times
Planning your story
It is good to make some notes of your ideas for your story before you start writing. Here are mine:
Jack – the keeper of secrets. Adelaide – daughter of the Duke. Lord Axle – a very bad man. Brother Roger – a local monk. Oswald – a reluctant dragon
Village of Watersmeet in the Dukedom of Rivershire including the Forbidden Forest.
Adelaide has a secret, which Jack must keep but, if he does, the Evil Lord Axle will destroy the Dukedom. Jack might need help from a very scary dragon and a very brave monk.
Introduce the setting including some history, the main characters of Jack, Adelaide and the Duke. Mention of a dragon
Adelaide tells Jack the secret (not revealed yet). They are worried. Jack and Adelaide’s characters introduced more fully. Life in Watersmeet and the Dukedom. History of the Great Victory. Lord Axle’s life and plans. How everything links to Jack and his father’s death as well as Oswald, the dragon. Revealing the secret. The new great battle.
Overcoming the enemy. Keeping the secret safe.
Now I am ready to start writing:
The Dukedom was, for the most part, peaceful. It had been for 200 years ever since the then Duke of Rivershire had defeated and banished the warlord, Ragforth and his armies. The story of that great victory had been told down the years and the people were certain it had changed beyond recognition. Now the stories included a great dragon coming to the Duke’s aid and, of course, nobody believed that because they knew dragons weren’t real. Jack, however, knew differently.
Jack was the Keeper of Secrets, a role that was handed down through his family. He understood his Great, Great, Great Grandfather was the first and Jack had become the latest Keeper at the age of 16, following the death of his father who was murdered when he refused to reveal an important secret. The murderer had never been found. Now 20 years old, Jack lived in the knowledge that he might suffer the same fate as his father should someone decide to try to force him to reveal what he knew.
The current ruler of the land, Duke Elbert, was a decent man but, some would say, a weak man. He wasn’t always like this but since his wife died, he seemed incapable of making decisions. His daughter Adelaide had, for the past two years, guided the Duke and made many of the important decisions in running the Dukedom. Adelaide was now 19 years of age and was strong willed, decisive and, in an argument, was frustratingly right most of the time. Whilst many of the men admired her, she somehow made them feel inadequate and there was an undercurrent of resentment. The people wondered if she would ever find a suitor to rule with her when her father died.
‘You must keep my secret,’ said Adelaide. ‘You are honour-bound and have no choice’.
‘You are as usual correct, My Lady,’ replied Jack. ‘My family have been the Keepers of Secrets for generations and we have never failed, although this, I fear, is the biggest secret of all and not revealing it might lead to the destruction of the Dukedom. Can either of us live with this burden?’
‘We have no choice’ said Adelaide and Jack noticed she had tears in her eyes.