How to write Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox is a beloved children’s book written by Roald Dahl. Since it was published in 1970, it has become a classic, even being adapted into a Hollywood film! Many authors would love to write a book like Fantastic Mr Fox, and now they can, with the help of this guide.

Step One: Brainstorm ideas for your central characters. Flesh them out in as much detail as you can, because they will drive your story. What do they look like? What are their dreams? What are their flaws? When you are finished, delete all characters except Mr Fox, Mrs Fox, Boggis, Bunce and Bean.

Step Two: Your story will need a strong beginning. Find a copy of Fantastic Mr Fox and open it to page 1. For each word you see on the page, type the same word into your favourite text editor. (Don’t worry about the illustrations, Quentin Blake will do those later.)

Step Three: Add plenty of exciting twists and turns, by typing all of the words from the book into your document. Don’t forget to type out the cider heist!

Congratulations, you have now written Fantastic Mr Fox. What you have done is illegal in most countries, so close the document immediately, and if prompted to save, click ‘No’.