Fantasy Writing Prompts

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Fantasy is a broad-ranging genre that can include the magical, the supernatural, the surreal, and more. These stories are often layered and complex. Read on to find fantasy writing prompts and tips as well as online resources to build your creative writing skills.

Fantasy Prompts

Fantasy fiction is a popular genre that gives readers a chance to retreat from the mundane realities of everyday life, while allowing writers to explore real human truths through a fantastical lens. Beginning writers might want to consider the following prompts to help them get started.

Quest to Save the World

The world is being overtaken by a newly dominant species that is quickly destroying natural resources and creating utter chaos. Your protagonist is one of few human survivors, and is on a mission to save the world. How does she survive? What tactics does she try? Can she defeat this ruling species?

Discovering New Powers

On the morning of his golden birthday, your protagonist notices that he has supernatural powers. What do these new powers allow him to do? Will he use them for good or evil? Is he alone or are there more supernatural characters?

Time Travel

Imagine your protagonist discovers a time travel machine, but can only use it to travel once and back. Does she travel back in time or into the future? How does time travel influence her life in the present? Who does she meet while time traveling? What if she brings something or someone back to the present with her?

Myths & Legends

Imagine the fantastical world in which a myth or legend you know could really have happened. What other kinds of events might take place in this world? What kinds of characters exist in this place?

The Origin of Your World

Create an origin story for a new fantastical realm. Who were the first inhabitants? What did they do? How did those events change the course of the realm?

Fantasy Writing Tips

Now that you've come up with your big fantasy fiction idea, it's time to start writing. Fantasy writing requires a great deal of planning and focus. Below, find some tips to help guide you as you write.

  • Don't lose sight of reality: Fantasy needs reality to keep it interesting and relatable to readers. Remember that most readers get hooked on stories because they connect with characters, and familiar struggles, even if the circumstances are unfamiliar. Grounding your fantasy writing in realities you know can make your fantasy more believable and engaging.
  • There's not one definition of fantasy: Often when people think of fantasy, they imagine damsels in distress, dragons, and kingdoms under siege. But fantasy is a more far-ranging category; consider examples like Harry Potter, or Star Trek. Feel free to think outside the box! Fantasy fiction can accommodate all your wildest and weirdest ideas.
  • Build a believable world, and then live in it: When you're writing a world that doesn't abide by the rules of the real world, it's important to define the parameters and expectations of that world clearly, for both your readers and yourself. But don't get bogged down in world-building details. Remember, fantasy is still ultimately about the characters.

Creative Writing Resources

It's time for the fun of writing, but don't worry, you're not all on your own! has a number of lessons that can help to guide you through the writing process. Check out the resources below for helpful video lessons and quizzes that will bolster your writing skills.

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