Recently we reached the fantasy destination at this blog, so in that spirit, I’ll give you five writing prompts for a fantasy story. As was the case in the previous story ideas, these too can be adapted for a novel or a short story or a novella. We like possibilities around here.
I’m listening to the Game of Thrones soundtrack as I’m writing these writing prompts, so beware, I might be biased towards a certain style at the moment. I’ll do my best to detach myself from the saga.
Not to take anymore of your time, let’s get to business!
5. The Fall of the Last Elves
A dynasty, the last great dynasty of those lands, faces the hardest of times. Elves are getting killed one by one as the already small elvish region shrinks. The end is apparent but the way it unravels isn’t.
Here you have the freedom to experiment. Make up the history of that dynasty and revive the elvish myth. Adapt elves for today’s literary needs.
What makes them as they are? What are they like? Why are there fewer and fewer elves? What kills them in the end?
4. No Salvation for the Miserable
A post-apocalyptic group of nomads seeking the remotely habitable places to live a few days more hears of a fertile land. As they travel through the wastelands their hopes decline but the death tolls grow beyond any consolation.
You have a chance to dig deep in philosophical thinking with this one. It’s about belonging, about hopes and expectations and ultimately, it is a way to test your readers. Never tell them if there really is some fertile land – let them interpret your story as they wish. It’s a way to divide them to optimists and pessimists – see which group gives you better feedback and use it.
3. Seeking Immortality
Everyone wants to live but what makes you so scared that you actually seek a way to never die. One sorcerer feels he must stay alive at any cost.
To be fair, I didn’t go into much detail with this one since there is a lot of similarity with the subplot in my novel in progress, so I am very much occupied by a certain way it all plays out and instead of inspiring you I’d actually steer you to the same plot. But, the good news is, you have freedom to experiment with it in any way and I’d love to hear your take on it.
2. A Never-ending Storm
On an island that is all the land the people on it know of, a storm was raging for a hundred years. Children were born and died of old age in it. Shamans, occultists and conjurers lived their lives trying to stop the rain, silent the thunder and control the clouds but all have failed.
You’re writing a story about it, something must have changed.
Think about the reasons for the storm (
gods are angry, humans nuked each-other back to the medieval time and destroyed the weather, they’re all under a spell; think of the fourth idea).
1. The Last City Standing
The occupation from the west is almost completed. A colonizing force now rules the land and the seas, but there is one proud city still standing. All the other who stood now are ash. Will it resist? It either eternity of defending or the vengeful fires that swallowed all the others who defied the new world order.
Write about the people, the city government, their needs and desires, their dreams and their reality. You could do a lot with only one city. You could set so many stories here that it’s almost dishonest. Honestly, my imagination is going wild. You could follow the dynasties that ruled it, you could do a story about their fall or their rise, you could set unrelated stories in that city but have the characters affected by the situation.
Before my brain burns up, I will leave you with these writing prompts and you do as you wish. If anyone actually writes a story based on some of these ideas feel free to sent it to: firstname.lastname@example.org and have it published here.
Author: Mladen Reljanović
Mladen Reljanović is the founder and lead writer at Writer to Writers. He is the author of Oaktown stories, senior student of communication and a pianist.