This month I wanted to focus on the fantasy theme to support the release of my 500 Fantasy Writing Prompt book.
So, here are 30 Epic Fantasy Story Ideas to get you started 🙂
As always, there are no rules in writing with writing prompts, but if you’d like some guidelines, here are a few:
- Choose a prompt that interests you or causes you a strong emotion.
- Set a timer and write for 10 minutes – or 5 minutes, or 20 – whatever suits you.
- Start writing and see where the words take you. If you have trouble getting started, ask yourself questions to get your fingers moving.
- Who is your character in the prompt/scene? What do they want? What is getting in their way?
- Who or what is your antagonist? What do they desire? How does this interfere with what your MC desires?
- What conflicts does your chosen setting create for your characters?
- What’s the worse thing that could go wrong for your MC?
If you are still having trouble, check out Holly Lisle’s post on writing well to a prompt– it’s an excellent article, which will help you write to any prompt you are given.
15 Epic Fantasy Story Prompts
- You have the ability to change the future based on whatever you bake.
- Write about the fairy tale creatures that are anything but innocent. And the princess who is their leader.
- A thief trades lives with a princess for a day, but has a plan to bring the whole monarchy down.
- A mysterious staff that is rumored to contain all the world’s magic has disappeared. You, a poor farmer, wake one morning to find it on your doorstep.
- Your aunt’s living room isn’t ordinary. Stepping inside it can transport you to any reality you can think of.
- Write about dream assassins who are tasked with fighting nightmares that disturb people’s sleep.
- The earrings you were gifted for your birthday aren’t normal. Every time you put them on, you see the world as it really is.
- Your friends convince you to go to a party one night and you reluctantly join them. However, this party is hosted by fairies looking for their next ruler.
- A mysterious girl comes up to you one day. “I think you might need this,” she says, handing you a thick book. “Remember the names.”
- Write about monsters who are deathly afraid of humans.
- The evil queen keeps a diary. Write her first entry, her 12th, and then her last.
- It’s the annual wizards’ conference and you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about it, having fallen out of practice for years.
- On the twelfth day of every month, the trees come alive and begin to speak to you.
- Two friends who are royalty find themselves in a war against each other and against their will.
- A group of high school girls find a spellbook in their library and decide to use it to their advantage.
15 Epic Fantasy Story Starters
- Take a deep breath. At this time of night, the moon begins to smell like roses.
- The child smiled, opened his hands, and summoned the darkness.
- “The right letter,” the woman whispered, “Can unite kingdoms…or destroy them. Choose your words wisely.”
- Brothers shouldn’t fight each other for the throne. And yet, there they were. On opposite sides, swords drawn.
- The songs came to a screeching halt as the doors were thrown open.
- Within the depths of a cold and merciless prison, where no one could hear him, an old man cried.
- “Fight for me, little knight. Fight because you have no other choice. Because the alternative is much worse.”
- The merchant sold just about everything: money, intelligence, memories. The only thing he never had in stock were clouds.
- Night would soon arrive. They had three hours before they would come for the girl.
- At the sound of their approach, the king rose, his shackles clanking.
- “Stay still,” the rebel reprimanded before they drew their mask over their face. “One movement will ruin this for all of us.”
- “Witches are actually quite good cooks. They’re undoubtedly skilled in the kitchen.”
- The maid entered the room, wearing the princess’s wedding gown.
- In the middle of the gardens sat a pond. And in the middle of that pond was a fish who knew the secrets of the world.
- “Courage,” the ogre said. His eyes twinkled. “It’s stronger than any man-made weapon.”
I’d love to hear which prompts you liked best. Let me know in the comments, and I’ll respond as soon as I can. If you would like more prompts like these, check out the upcoming 500 Fantasy Writing Prompts ebook, available now for pre-order.
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