Writing Challenge: One Strand

I’m guessing that by now, you know who BTS is. They’re the biggest group right now in the music industry. They have broken records with their music, have set high standards with their healthy work ethic, and have been great role models with their advocacies and message of hope.

So yes, I’m part of the fandom now. But this entry is not about how I became ARMY or why I stan them. If you wanna know what drew me to them, may I direct you to my friend Trish’s blog entry. She was able to put together her thoughts in a heart-felt entry about the group and all I can say is: I AGREE. hahahaha

ANYWAAAAY.

Besides being global superstars and spreading kindness through their music, BTS also spreads joy through their weekly game show named Run BTS. The group goes through various challenges and games, ranging from cooking challenges, to going through a zombie maze, to playing minute-to-win-it types of games.

In one of their Run BTS episodes, they were given a challenge to write and illustrate their own stories. And the worst part of it was that they wrote children’s stories. CHILDREN’S STORIES. My type of books. I was so impressed that they came up with three beautiful stories on the spot.

It’s also hilarious that in my current job, I facilitate workshops on story writing for children. But the participants are the complete opposite, as they’re struggling with writing and conceptualizing their titles. Watching this Run BTS episode is making me wish that the participants would be as creative as BTS. Hmm should I recommend this episode to them as reference and inspiration?

Out of the three stories that BTS wrote, one story stood out to me the most. Jin and Jungkook wrote a story about a boy with one strand of hair. It has a theme of self love and self appreciation, which is very much needed these days. It was also written in a style that with a bit of tweaking, it could follow the format of children’s story.

The episode was bugging me since it aired last June 22, so I finally sat down and rewrote it. I based this rewrite challenge on the English translation because I can’t read and write in Korean.

This is the original text:

One Strand
Written by Jin
Illustrated by Jungkook

Once upon a time, there was a boy who only had one strand of hair. The boy looked in the mirror and wondered why he didn’t have hair like other animals. And so, the boy went on a journey to find hair that would suit him.

On the road, he ran into a wolf. “Wolf, may I borrow your fur?”

“Sure, little boy.”

But the wolf’s fur was too rough, and it didn’t suit the boy’s head. And so, the boy decided to find some other hair to try.


The boy then ran into a goose, so he decided to try the goose’s feathers. But the goose’s feathers made him sweat too much so he decided that they weren’t a good fit.


Then the boy ran into a pine tree. The boy tried putting pine needles on his head, but the needles wilted because thy couldn’t photosynthesize. The boy was very dismayed because he couldn’t find the right hair for him.


And so, he trudged back home in disappointment. When he returned home, he looked into the mirror and he saw that the hair strand that looked absolutely perfect on him. And the boy was no longer insecure and decided to cherish the one strand of hair that suited him the best. And so while having fun styling the one strand of hair, the boy lived happily ever after.


I kept most of the words from the story and used some lines in a repetitive manner. Having repeated lines allows the child to be involved in the storytelling. I also transformed it into a rhyming story to make it a bit playful and easy on the ear.

Here’s the rewritten story:

One Strand

There once was a boy who had one strand of hair.
He looked in the mirror and saw that his head was so bare.
“I want to have hair like the others,
thick and lush, and full of colors.”
So he set foot out of his house in a hurry
to find some friends who would help ease his worry.

The boy met a wolf coming out from his lair.
“Mr. Wolf, will you please give me some hair?”
“Sure, little boy,” the wolf said with delight.
He shook off his thick fur with all his might.

But the wolf’s fur was too rough and it made the boy’s head itch
So the boy said, “Oh dear, I need to make a switch.”
He went on his way, waved goodbye to his friend.
“I hope I find something to make my worries end.”

The boy met a goose with feathers so fair.
“Ms. Goose, will you give me some hair?”
“Sure, little boy,” the goose honked with glee.
She plucked her luscious feathers and gave them for free.

But the goose’s feathers made his head sweat.
So the boy said, “Oh dear, it’s too hot. I can’t let it set.”
He went on his way, waved goodbye to his friend.
“I hope I find something to make my worries end.”

The boy met a pine tree in the town square.
“Dear Pine Tree, will you please give me some hair?”
“Sure, little boy,” the pine tree said warmly.
It gave most colorful needles, ever so generously.

But the needles wilted and fell off his head.
So the boy said, “Oh dear, I’m not a tree and this I dread.”
He went on his way, waved goodbye to his friend
“I can’t find something to make my worries end.”

The boy trudged back home, looking sad and grim
Because he couldn’t find the right hair for him
Then he looked in the mirror and saw the one strand of hair
And realized that his head was not really bare.

The one strand of hair suited him the best
It made him who he is, and that he was truly blessed
He then cherished the one strand on his head,
“I don’t need anything else. My worries have come to an end.”


Phew, that took me two weekends to write. If you want to see the stories and the illustrations, you can watch the whole episode on VLive or Weverse.

I also posted the story on Weverse. Oh dear, now I want to rewrite the two other stories. hahaha What am I doing to myself. *screams* DALLYEORA BANGTAN!

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