Does your WIP have fairy tales? Do your characters tell mythical stories to each other?
Elements has fairy tales in the sense of stories that have been passed down and told so many times that they get embellished and details are skewed. My witches had already built their society and it had fallen a good century before my book takes place. So the truth of what actually happened to the last generations of Elements before my girls is a mystery. First hand accounts were documents but books were lost and the stories became legend. Most of the witches who still believe the Elements even existed think of it all as myth anyway.
The fun thing about this is, trying to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. What actually happened and what details were added in to fluff up the story years down the road. This really plays into my character’s goals of finding out the truth about themselves. Once they start doing some digging to see the history behind their powers and if there is anyone else out there like them, they come across these old myths of what may have happened. It’s like another piece to the massive puzzle I’ve been building. You can’t build a picture out of a handful of pieces. You have to keep looking before you start to understand what you’re even looking at. It’s tedious for sure, but that is what truly tests how serious my characters are about not only finding the truth but also cleaning up the messes they make along the way.