How to Write a Fish Tale

A fish tale is an “unbelievable” story about the fish that got away. Since no one was there to witness this event, the storyteller is able to embellish the facts and by embellish we mean create a completely fabricated adventure story. In fact, there may not have even been a fish in the first place.

The point is to take an ordinary event and make it extraordinary. In the end there must be a tragedy of sorts. Your story doesn’t have to be about a fish getting away but it should be an adventure or battle story with a struggle that results in some sort of epic defeat. Remember this sort of tale doesn’t have any witnesses in the intended audience.

How do you do this? Start with the steps below:

Step One: Start with a regular, everyday story with a simple problem.

Step Two: Brainstorm complications and choose the best three to five.

Step Three: Exaggerate the problem and complications.

Step Four: Retell the story.

Your story must be at least 250 words.

Read The Loaf that Got Away for an example of how a story about going to the store to buy a loaf of bread and forgetting your money at home is turned into an epic battle.

Use this document to organize your story: How to Write a Fish Tale.