Fantasy is a popular genre for new writers to try because it’s fun, exciting, and much more accessible. It’s quicker and easier to get started with fantasy because it requires less research and preparation.
You make up the rules, and you create the world!
But starting a story in any genre is hard, so we’re here to make it a little bit easier.
Here are 33 fantasy writing prompts that you can use for writing exercises, story ideas, or anything else!
- Characters fall through a mirror and land in a lake of a new universe.
- A girl finds a box in her grandmother’s attic that’s been passed down for generations, hidden from everyone but one female descendant it is passed to. The girl’s mother died before the grandmother could pass it on, then, on her deathbed, the grandmother told the girl where to find the box. She died before she could tell her what to do with it.
- Write a short story about a messenger delivering love letters between a prince and princess on opposite sides of a war.
- A character is visited by a ghost in a dream every night, trying to give them a message. One night they realize they haven’t been dreaming.
- An unmarked letter arrives in his mailbox. No address, no stamp. Just a key and a train ticket to his mother’s hometown.
- A new family moves into town. Your character brings over a pie. Getting no answer to their knock on the front door, and it being a friendly town, the character lets themselves into the backyard to follow sounds. The form of a human greets them, but not before they see the mass of small fairies that rush together to create the facade.
- The pond in the city park is a popular place. Kids swim, dads fish, there are motorboat races every summer. One day, a child notices the pond is reflecting a place much different than the park.
- Write a flash fiction about a god who is struck down into a tiny fishing village where no one recognizes him.
- A girl wakes up in a lake by a small village with a strange mark on her hand. A man in the village tells her it’s a curse.
- A child brings a beautiful shell home from the beach. “You know, if you put your ear to it, you can hear the ocean,” their mom says. When they put their ear to the shell, they hear much more than that.
- While taking a tour of a Louisiana plantation, a girl sees a figure. When she points it out, no one else in the group can see it. She sneaks away and follows the figure to an old slave house–now a gift shop. The figure is the ghost of one of the girl’s ancestors, and she has a secret to reveal.
- Two girls find a dragon with a massive horde of treasure in a cave. Write from the perspective of the dragon.
- A village boy harasses an elderly man. The next day, he wakes up as the man.
- A cult prays to their god in a forest, and the god appears. How does the god appear, and what is their answer?
- A kid in modern day sees a symbol everywhere they go. It appears more and more often. One day, they realize what triggers it.
- The boy just wants to return home to his village after being stolen and sold into slavery. He boards a ship as a stowaway, but within the hour realizes he’s boarded the wrong ship, and the sailors are…not quite human.
- You awake as an angel in heaven: the afterlife employment for an exceptionally-behaved human. Problem is, this is definitely not where you were supposed to end up.
- Everyone in town thinks the woman who lives in the hut deep in the swamp is a witch. Turns out, she’s something much worse.
- You move into a new town. The welcoming committee is friendly and obliging, but they leave you with one warning: don’t look for the voice. Under no circumstances should you look for the voice. You shrug it off as small-town quirkiness until exactly 3:00 in the morning when she starts singing.
- A cruel princess abuses and replaces her noble-blood lady’s maids until her parents decide to discipline her and put an end to the cycle by promoting a tough and unshakeable drudgery maid.
- Everyone is born with magic. As they age, it fades if not cultivated properly. A middle-aged woman’s magic faded to nearly nothing due to childhood neglect and abuse by her father. She has found a way to siphon magic from children, but the consequences make it where she has no volunteers…good thing for her, it doesn’t have to be given freely.
- A wandering traveler is trying to hide from a ghost who wants revenge. What does the ghost want revenge for, and do they get it?
- Write a story from the perspective of a werewolf attempting to live a “normal” life amongst humans.
- A vampire falls in love with a member of the local church, but can’t go near the church where they live because of the religious symbols.
- There’s a small island off the shore where it’s rumored a coven of mages lives in complete seclusion. One day, two siblings decide to investigate.
- A young woman seeks treasure hidden by her pirate ancestor.
- A group of soldiers is out at sea during a long war. They run out of food. The sea god tells them she’ll grant them a safe passage home, but only if they sacrifice one of the members aboard.
- The gods have made a vow never to interfere with the dealings of mortals. War breaks out among kingdoms, and one of the lesser gods falls in love with the princess on the losing side. What happens next?
- A monster has been stealing a farmer’s crop for weeks. The farmer hires a mercenary in town to investigate the source of the disappearance. Write from the perspective of the monster who has been stealing the crops.
- One family barely escapes the devastation of their kingdom and seeks refuge in a strange, well-guarded town far from home. They soon realize something is wrong with the townspeople here, and maybe they aren’t as safe as they thought…
- Two knights vie for the hand of the princess in a series of athletic challenges, but end up falling in love with each other.
- Students on a field trip get locked in a crypt overnight. Settled to wait for morning workers to unlock it, they soon realize they’re not alone.
- A princess mage meets someone in her dreams every night. She realizes it’s more than a dream, and she’s communicating with a farm mage in a neighboring kingdom. Why are they linked?
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