61 Fantasy Writing Prompts To Stoke Your Creativity (2023)

You’ve just finished reading a fantasy novel, and while you hate that there’s no more to read, you’re so in love with the story and its characters, you marvel at the author’s power and imagination.

What must it be like to make readers feel the way you’re feeling right now?

With the generous supply of fantasy writing prompts in this post, maybe this is the year to find out.

Fantasy Story Ideas

Fantasy writing gives you the opportunity to create new worlds and realities. Your cast of characters can be regular humans, mythical beings, magical beings, or a group that includes all three.

The most compelling stories in this genre make use of the hero’s journey in some form. Think of Tolkien’s Frodo and the Ring. Or the teenage protagonist in Rick Riordan’s Greek mythology-inspired Percy Jackson series.

Pick up any well-written and well-loved fantasy novel, and chances are, the author adapted the hero’s journey to their main character’s fears, desires, and personal tests.

Learn from your favorite authors how to do the same, but in a way that fits your unique voice.

  • Create something that will inspire as well as entertain your readers.
  • Draw them into a world where anything is possible.
  • Help readers believe their own power to change things when they’ve finished reading your book.

For these outcomes, you need a story idea that grabs hold of you and makes you feel the way you want your reader to feel.

Maybe you’ve dabbled in writing fantasy, but you’re having a hard time thinking up a story idea that really excites you. You want one that will stand out in a way that still meets genre expectations.

You’re not looking to change the fantasy genre, after all. But you do want to create something that will have millions waiting impatiently for your next book.

To help you in this, we give you the following collection of fantasy story ideas.

What’s In This Article


  • Fantasy Story Ideas
  • 61 Fantasy Writing Prompts
    • Dark Fantasy Writing Prompts
    • Urban Fantasy Writing Prompts
    • Epic Fantasy Writing Prompts
    • YA Fantasy Writing Prompts
    • Medieval Story Prompts
    • BONUS: List of Fantasy Plot Generators

61 Fantasy Writing Prompts

Writing a fantasy novel (or short story) is much easier when you have a story in mind that makes you itch to sit down and write.

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The more you work on it and flesh out your characters, the more excited you become — and the less likely you are to ditch your work in progress when the going gets tough.

And it will. Quests are like that. Here’s to finishing yours, anyway.

Dark Fantasy Writing Prompts

Dark fantasy incorporates darker and sometimes frightening themes in its storytelling. It often combines fantasy with horror, drawing the reader in by invoking their fears. Use the following fantasy plot prompts to explore darker story ideas in the fantasy genre.

1. Top Secret Opportunity. You find an ad describing the job you’ve always wanted, and the employer agrees to interview you in the basement of the abandoned library.

2. The Rune Pendant. Your best friend at college is a highly intuitive rune-caster, and people seek her out. One querent pays her with a magical pendant that changes both your lives.

3. The Dream Key. You receive notice that an estranged aunt has passed and left you the key to her hiding place, which she says she’ll reveal to you in a dream.

4. A Single Touch. You always wondered why your grandfather had so much influence over others. You were immune. And now, you’re his successor.

5. Queen of the Garden. Your mother is obsessed with her garden. When sickness keeps her in bed, you step up to help and find it well tended by elves.

6. The Goddess Ring. Your partner breaks up with you, and while sitting dejected on the beach, you find a ring. When you slip it on your finger, it transforms your appearance.

7. One Minute of Memory. You trade one minute of memory every day for the power to transform any room in your home to match any image. Your family begins to fall apart.

8. Lost Time. You were told you wandered off as a child for a few minutes but later discover you were gone far longer than that. One person knows why, and he’s in prison.

9. The Crystal Finder. A new crystal shop opens near your home, and you’re one of its first customers. You even accept their offer of a part-time job, working in the back for the “finder.”

10. The Rift in the Bookshop. Your favorite reading room at a local bookshop is off-limits, ever since a mysterious disappearance and strange energy readings. Your favorite books also go missing.

11. Will Work for a Cure. You’re scrambling to find a lucrative work-from-home job before you start kidney dialysis, and you reply to an ad that sounds too good to be true. One of the benefits is a cure.

12. The Memory Glass. You’re looking through the property of a departed aunt and find a mirror. You uncover it and see an altered reflection that revives a memory. Suddenly your dreams make sense.

13. Becoming Justice. Your country has been taken over by a narcissistic tyrant, and a powerful relative has offered you a role in his downfall — but not as a human.

14. The Manor’s Keeper. Your new job has an unexpected and life-changing benefit: fully-paid lodgings in an opulent manor. Everything you want appears as if by magic. After a week, your body starts changing.

15. The Spy Diary. You accidentally leave your diary behind at a coffee shop, and after searching in vain, you find it on your doorstep with a note: “You’re exactly the person I need.”

16. The Lost Heiress. A new friend invites you over for a cup of the most delicious tea you’ve ever had. You wake up in a palatial room, attended by someone who says, “After centuries of searching, we finally found you.”

17. The Recluse and the Ghost. You get a job as a ghostwriter for a well-known author who has some unusual expectations — one of which involves you living in absolute isolation as well as luxury. Given your background and personality, it seems doable.

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Urban Fantasy Writing Prompts

Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy that takes place in an urban setting. While it doesn’t have to be dark, it often uses themes that correspond to the darker side of city life. The following fantasy story plot ideas can help you get into your characters’ heads.

18. Alien Town. The lights go out in your neighborhood one night, and you wake up to see yourself and all your neighbors changed. And your new abilities terrify you.

19. Stopping Time. You’re a barista with a gift that could cost you your life, but could also help the people of your community to fight back against those in control.

20. The Ghost Clause. You move into your dream apartment and soon discover you’re not the only sentient being living there. Ghosts don’t pay rent, but this one leaves gifts.

21. Hiding in New York. The coworker who irritates you the most just asked you for a big favor. He’s not who or what he appears to be. And he knows what you are, too.

22. Prodigal Witch. You’ve moved back to the city of your birth, and your family is nervous around you after a surprise revelation from your parents. Your new boss knows all about it.

23. Night and Day Trading. A sudden illness in the family costs you your job, and you accept a job offer from a relative who knows about your hidden abilities and wants to use them.

24. Herbal Vision. You wander into a tea shop, in search of the perfect evening tea, and the owner recommends a blend that enables you to see mythical creatures in disguise.

25. Doppelganger. You walk into an antique shop looking for a gift for your antique-loving bestie and are immediately noticed by the shopkeeper’s mother, who leads you to the back for a peek at something.

26. Cottage Industry. You move into a tiny but well-kept old house closer to downtown and you start receiving mysterious gifts on your doorstep. One note reads, “Check the attic.”

27. The Graveyard Connection. The trees surrounding your new home remind you of something — or rather someone. One touch of your hand on a trunk, and you’re face to face with him.

28. Witch for Hire. You’ve lost your job, food is running out, and bills are coming due. You make the call you never thought you’d make. Seconds later, she arrives with your assignment.

29. Tarot to the Stars. You’ve become a well-respected tarot reader, and even people in high places are taking notice. One of them makes you a tempting offer. Your next querent urges you to decline it and leave.

30. Poisonous Planet. Your doctor gives you terrible news, and you talk to your only remaining relative, who tells you of a stargate that can return you to a planet with an atmosphere better suited to your physiology.

Epic Fantasy Writing Prompts

Epic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy set in an invented or parallel world. It’s similar to high fantasy but the stakes are higher. A greater evil threatens the world of the protagonist, and the hero’s journey is often a critical part of the story.

31. Spirit Animal. During your stay in a residential treatment center for your eating disorder, you go to an animal shelter and meet a black cat, “Loki,” who is friendly only to you.

32. A Dog’s World. You adopt an older dog who had been abused by his former human, and in repayment, he leads you to a door — to his real home. Soon, it’ll be yours, too.

33. Forest of Souls. You go on a camping trip with your best friend’s family and wake up alone, surrounded by whispering trees. Everything beyond those trees is gone.

34. In a Different Life. After attending your grandmother’s funeral, you learn from a new acquaintance (with a young but familiar face) that the remains you buried were synthetic.

35. The Refuge Theater. You feed homeless visitors at your cafe, and one of them pays you with a movie ticket for an old theater — which is more than it seems.

36. Tree Spirit. On the eve of your birthday, you change into something that terrifies you. Your parents explain, telling you of a prophecy that involves you and every tree on earth.

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37. Borrowed Past. You’re on your first airplane flight when one of the engines fails, and for some reason, you know exactly what to do to ensure the plane lands safely. Only one other person on the plane knows why.

38. Secret Guardian. An ominous letter arrives — along with one offering magical guardianship for you and the shop you inherited. More worlds than one are at stake.

39. Hybrid Alley. You run to the store and witness a crime involving what looks like a human with the face and ears of a cat. You intervene, saving her life, and she later invites you to join her on her mission.

40. Tarot Vision. A new shop owner comes to town and you win an open house drawing for a free tarot reading. You’re skeptical at first but that reading resets your life — and sets you on a dangerous path.

YA Fantasy Writing Prompts

YA fantasy is fantasy written for a young adult audience (12 to 18 years of age). Themes are often on the lighter side, but not always. The main difference is the age of the protagonist. With powerful storytelling, YA fantasy appeals to readers of all ages.

41. Breaking Time. Only when you meet someone you’re not supposed to fall in love with — and who knows how to time-travel — do you begin to really test your limits.

42. The Bucket List. You take your favorite uncle’s advice and create a bucket list. One by one, you cross each action item off, sometimes with hilarious results. The list changes you.

43. Political Unrest. Your home town is changing (not for the better) since the election of its new mayor, who sees you lead a protest at his office door. Something growls outside your bedroom window that night.

44. One Percent Problems. For your 16th birthday, you get the genetic upgrade of your choice, and your experimental choice gives you superpowers — and get the attention of some unusual new friends.

45. Change in the Air. Your family is chosen for a year-long stay at an outpost on a new Earth-like planet, but the people in charge don’t tell you how the atmosphere there will change you.

46. Nervous Memory. You’re at a mirror, and a sudden thought sends a chill into the back of your head. That’s when you notice your eyes change color — and you remember things, either from your life or someone else’s.

47. The Family Business. Before dying, your mother tells you something about yourself she’d hoped you’d never need to know. Now only one person can help you prepare for the coming threat.

48. Designer Baby. You find out while researching for a term paper that you’re the result of a lab experiment. Now, you’re determined to find your creator, who has gone missing.

49. Visions in Bloom. Someone leaves flowers in your locker, and when they stay fresh for over a month, you get curious — especially when one sniff of the central bloom triggers a vision.

50. Accidental Superhero. A stupid dare leads you to a back of the local store wearing a superhero costume, which oddly enough helps prevent a crime and brands you with a new identity.

51. Alien Tech. You get your laptop fixed by a reclusive genius in town, and suddenly you’re able to connect to an “internet” that goes far beyond that of Earth’s.

Medieval Story Prompts

Medieval fantasy is fantasy based in the medieval era. Fantasy writing ideas include elements not typical of recorded history — including mythical beings, magic, etc. The following prompts act as medieval fantasy story starters.

52. A Royal Pain. Thanks to your quick thinking during a crisis at the village market, you’ve been appointed as the bodyguard for the princess. The job proves more difficult than any mission you’ve ever had — but also more rewarding.

53. Twins at Odds. You and your twin princess find each other on opposite sides of the law. You don’t always get along, but when the king tells you to help set a trap for her — leading to her execution — you’re determined to find a way to help her instead.

54. Secret Fire. Being the love child of a favorite palace servant and a dragon shifter, your gifts don’t reveal themselves until the evening of a long-awaited ball, when a man twice your age tries to get you into a compromising situation.

55. Ring of the Scribe. Your half-sibling has abilities that make you invisible around them. On your birthday, a favorite aunt gives you a ring that’s tied to a destiny kept secret from you. You put it on and strange things happen. But you can’t take it off.

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56. Motion Potion. As a witch in a magic-hating kingdom, being crippled is more than inconvenient. Your aunt teaches you a potion that lets you not only walk but dance better than anyone in the kingdom — just in time for the ball.

57. Forbidden Friendship. You’re a young royal in disguise who befriends a villager with a scarred face. The next day, he’s arrested for stealing something you gave to him. Saving his life will mean risking everything.

58. Vendetta Undercover. Your ailing father has a serious grievance against the heir apparent and even named you accordingly. You set out to investigate on his behalf, securing a position in the castle. What you learn changes everything.

59. Hidden World. You find a tree near home with a natural ladder leading up the giant trunk. You climb and find a hidden world of magical beings. You’re discovered and your survival depends on agreeing to a dangerous mission.

60. Pickpocket Apprentice. You’re a poor villager who’s adept at pickpocketing, evading capture until a wizard catches you in the act and offers to teach you. The catch? His daughter suspects you and resents magic for what it cost her.

61. Cave of Discoveries. You investigate a cave, finding a furnished area in the center open to the sky. A veiled woman reveals the secret community taking refuge there — and why the kingdom wants them dead. His “missing” daughter is among them.

BONUS: List of Fantasy Plot Generators

If you have specific plot elements in mind, or if you just want more fantasy plot ideas thrown at you to get your creative mind humming, try one of the following links. Even the random ones can get you thinking of plot twists you hadn’t considered before.

  1. PlotGenerator.org.uk — Generates plot ideas based on your inputs.
  2. Reedsy Plot Generator — Generates random plot ideas with zero input.
  3. Fantasy Plot Generator — Generates random plot ideas for a male or female protagonist.
  4. Seventh Sanctum story generators — Provides links to multiple plot generators.
  5. Plot Generator at Rangen.com — Asks for a genre and detail level and generates random plot ideas.

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To New Beginnings

Now that you’ve had some time to look through these fantasy prompts, which ones stand out in your memory? Even if you change some of the details, I hope you find something that becomes the beginning of a story you’ll love writing.

Picture yourself within a year sharing the news about your finished fiction novel.

You’ll share snippets of it on social media, and fantasy lovers the world over will want to know when your book will go live.

And don’t think you’re in this alone, either. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

May you write the beginning of something that will linger in your readers’ imaginations for years to come.


What are the 4 main elements of fantasy? ›

Fantasy literature often includes some of the following characteristics:
  • Magical Forces.
  • World Building.
  • Fantastical Characters.
  • A Dangerous Quest.
  • Mythical Creatures.
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What is 500 writing prompts? ›

500 Writing Prompts guided journal is lined with a prompt or two per page and will help ease you into your own writing space, allowing you to explore the inner depths of your mind and soul, one word at a time. The unique journal design allows pages to lay open flat, making them easier to write in.

What are the 10 categories of modern fantasy? ›

What Are the Subgenres and Types of Fantasy?
  • High or epic fantasy. ...
  • Low fantasy. ...
  • Magical realism. ...
  • Sword and sorcery. ...
  • Dark fantasy. ...
  • Fables. ...
  • Fairy tales. ...
  • Superhero fiction.
1 Oct 2021

What are the 8 magical elements? ›

To achieve this we have invented eight elements of magic. Each of these elements - air, fire, water, earth, darkness, light, metal and nature - stands for specific attributes, individual strands of reality and its own philosophical ideas.

What are the six basic fantasy motifs? ›

Six Fantasy Motifs
  • Magic.
  • Other worlds.
  • Good verses evil.
  • Heroism.
  • Special characters.
  • Fantastic objects.

What makes a good fantasy story? ›

No matter which method you choose, the key thing to focus on is creating complex, flawed, believable, relatable and realistic characters. Even though your story takes place in a fantasy world, your characters should still be viewed as 'real people', and developed as such within the narrative.

How do you create a realistic fantasy world? ›

How to Create a Fantasy World
  1. Use real life as inspiration. That doesn't mean taking people from existing ethnic groups and putting costumes on them—but observe how other cultures live, how they interact with their environments and each other. ...
  2. Define the setting. ...
  3. Create inhabitants. ...
  4. Make magic.
6 Aug 2021

What is the strongest element in fantasy? ›

It can be said that fire embodies the strongest source of power and the most energy. It is also the most highly prized element of the mystic. They consider this to be the ultimate element of the four elements because fire is also the embodiment of the gods, the sun and the light.

What are the 5 powerful elements? ›

According to some traditions, everything in the universe comes from the five elements: wood, fire, earth, water, and metal. From the smallest atom to a giant whale to the solar system itself, all things are said to be composed of some combination of these elements.

Why is fantasy important for adults? ›

Without dreams, without fantasy, we become shells of our potential selves. Fantasy is therefore important to mental well being, particularly for the young adult reader. It provides a momentary escape, a release. It helps increase the potential of ones' imagination to solve life's problems.

What is modern fantasy? ›

Modern fantasy is literature written by a known author that is set either in a make-believe or imaginary world in which places, people and creatures could not exist,and/or have events that could not possibly happen such as tiny people, talking animals, or traveling through time.

What is the 100 rule in writing? ›

The 100% Rule is a simple, one-second decision with profound effects on the rest of your life. Once you accept a certain path, all future decisions are made. If you decide to be a daily writer, then you write daily. You don't write 98% of the days.

What is the 30 day writing challenge? ›

Basically, it's a crash course in helping writers understand the amount of discipline required for productivity and getting a novel completed. The focus is on hitting 50,000 words and writers are encouraged to finish their first draft quickly so that it can later be edited when the challenge is complete.

What are the 7 common app essay prompts? ›

Tackling the Common App Essay Prompts
  • Prompt #1: Share your story.
  • Prompt #2: Learning from obstacles.
  • Prompt #3: Challenging a belief.
  • Prompt #4: Solving a problem.
  • Prompt #5: Personal growth.
  • Prompt #6: What captivates you?
  • Prompt #7: Topic of your choice.
  • Describe a person you admire.

What is the most famous fantasy? ›

Top 100 Fantasy Books
  1. A Game Of Thrones by George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire) ...
  2. The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett (The Discworld Series) ...
  3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. ...
  4. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. ...
  5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

What are examples of high fantasy? ›

An example of high fantasy is The Lord of the Rings, set in Middle Earth. An example of low fantasy is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, set in a fictional version of the UK.

What are fantasy examples? ›

Examples include William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and T.H. White's The Once and Future King.

What are the 12 elements of nature? ›

Complete answer: The twelve elements of nature are Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, Thunder, Ice, Force, Time, Flower, Shadow, Light and Moon. Each of these elements are simplified terms for higher and complex substances.

What are the 12 elemental powers? ›

They are, in order: Sun, Moon, Earth, Water, Fire, Sky, Wind, Flower, Lightning, Darkness, Sea and Mirror. Read or Die features elemental powers of Paper.

What are the elements of high fantasy? ›

High fantasy is sometimes called epic fantasy, and some of the hallmarks of this subset of the fantasy genre include a high page count, lots of characters, usually a quest, and, most importantly, an alternative or secondary world as opposed to the real or primary world.

How do you structure an epic fantasy? ›

6 Tips and Tricks For Writing An Epic Fantasy Novel
  1. Gather ideas.
  2. Start with a rough draft.
  3. Make it IMPOSSIBLE.
  4. Create Unforgettable Characters.
  5. Work Within Your Limits.
  6. Read and Re-read.
  7. Now go; go and write! Take these tips and apply them to your own novels!
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What are the major categories of fantasy? ›

Types of Fantasy Books and Stories
  • Dark and Grimdark Fantasy.
  • Epic/High Fantasy. ...
  • Superhero Fantasy.
  • Fairytale and Folklore. ...
  • Low Fantasy. ...
  • Urban Fantasy. ...
  • Contemporary Fantasy. ...
  • Paranormal Fantasy.
18 Jun 2019

What are the 3 things a story must have? ›

You can use endlessly different story structures and styles, but each story or novel is going to boil down to three fundamental elements: character, setting, and plot.

What are the 5 story plots? ›

Five types of plots
  • Exposition. Exposition is the beginning of the story and prepares the way for upcoming events to unfold. ...
  • Rising Action. It is that point where the main problem or conflict is revealed. ...
  • Climax. ...
  • Falling Action. ...
  • Resolution.
9 Aug 2019

What are the 5 points of a story? ›

There are 5 elements of plot:
  • Exposition.
  • Rising Action.
  • Climax.
  • Falling Action.
  • Conclusion.

How do you make an imaginary world in your head? ›

Tips for Building an Imaginary World
  1. Pick a starting point.
  2. Ask questions about your imaginary world.
  3. Show, don't tell.
  4. Try clashing reality and fantasy.
  5. Keep the rules of your imaginary world consistent.
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Why do I create my own world in my head? ›

Sometimes people take their imagination and their fiction world beyond limits which leads to a condition called, Paracosm. Paracosm is a phenomenon where a detailed, imaginary world is created in one's mind. Paracosm is a fiction world involving humans and animals and even aliens or other fantasy characters.

What is the oldest fantasy story? ›

The King of the Golden River (1841) is considered by many to be the start of the modern fantasy genre. Its form is that of a traditional fairy tale—two evil older brothers who fail at a task, and the good-hearted younger brother who succeeds—and is a fable of the dangers of greed and cruelty.

What are the 7 ways to begin a story? ›

Finding sentences to start a story: 7 methods
  • Introduce a key character's name (and how they got it) ...
  • Begin with a landmark personal or historical event. ...
  • Sow the seeds of your story's world. ...
  • Start in the thick of action with dialogue. ...
  • Introduce a strong narratorial voice. ...
  • Begin with a character doing something unusual.

What should you not do when writing a fantasy novel? ›

10 Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Your Fantasy Story
  1. 1) 'Infodumping' Upfront. ...
  2. 2) Not Keeping Them Turning The Pages. ...
  3. 3) Introducing Too Many Characters At Once. ...
  4. 4) Utilising An Overused Template. ...
  5. 5) Too Many Stereotypes or Clichés. ...
  6. 6) Terrible Dialogue. ...
  7. 7) Lack of Narrative Logic. ...
  8. 8) Too Much Action, Too Little Story.
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What is the weakest element? ›

For the weakest element, I would probably go for helium – one of the noble gases. It is very light and unreactive.

Which element is stronger than fire? ›

Water can be more powerful in its devastation than fire or wind, because it doesn't always come by the bucketful. Sometimes it comes drop by drop. A single drop, repeated over and over can Wear away rock.

What is the coolest element power? ›

Top 10 Best Elemental Powers
  1. 1 Air. ...
  2. 2 Fire. ...
  3. 3 Water. ...
  4. 4 Electricity. ...
  5. 5 Earth. ...
  6. 6 Ice. ...
  7. 7 Dark. ...
  8. 8 Life.

What is the king of all elements? ›

Carbon is often referred to as the "King of the Elements" due to is extensive uses, its importance in life applications such as DNA, and also because this element can come in various forms, each form ...

How do I activate my element? ›

How to activate Elements
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  3. Click Activate now in the Welcome screen. Activate Elements.
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What is the strongest element ever? ›

Impact strength determines how much energy a metal can absorb through impact without shattering or fracturing. Tungsten, which is Swedish for "heavy stone," is the strongest metal in the world. It was identified as a new element in 1781.

Which part of the brain is responsible for fantasy? ›

There is no known specific process or part of the human brain which, when activated, causes the person to daydream, engage in fantasy or come up with ideas that are far from common reality. Instead, imagination is a broad-based activity which involves and overlaps with many brain regions and cognitive processes.

Why do humans like to fantasize? ›

Most fantasies serve a specific purpose: They can be entertaining, distracting, frightening, or, in the case of sexual fantasies, arousing. Fantasizing about specific goals can foster creativity, help someone better understand their wants and needs, and even enable them to plan for the future.

Is it healthy to live in a fantasy? ›

Living in a fantasy or always daydreaming about positive change is one of the more subtle effects of trauma, but it can be toxic to our health and lead to: Strained relationships. Unhealthy relationships. Behavioural addictions.

What are the two types of fantasy? ›

Set in either the primary world, or a world very much like our own. While high fantasy revolves around how characters interact in their alternate and magical world, low fantasy focuses on how supernatural characters interact with the normal world around them.

Is Harry Potter high or low fantasy? ›

Harry Potter is considered low fantasy, sort of. It's set in the real world, but a wizarding world also exists, which is high fantasy. This is similar to works like Alice in Wonderland, His Dark Materials, The Chronicles of Narnia and so on, where both reality and a false-reality exist.

What should you not do in fantasy writing? ›

10 Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Your Fantasy Story
  1. 1) 'Infodumping' Upfront. ...
  2. 2) Not Keeping Them Turning The Pages. ...
  3. 3) Introducing Too Many Characters At Once. ...
  4. 4) Utilising An Overused Template. ...
  5. 5) Too Many Stereotypes or Clichés. ...
  6. 6) Terrible Dialogue. ...
  7. 7) Lack of Narrative Logic. ...
  8. 8) Too Much Action, Too Little Story.
29 Nov 2021

How do you write a unique fantasy? ›

10 Tips for Writing Fantasy Fiction
  1. Read and re-read. You can only write as well as you read. ...
  2. Know your market. For first-time fantasy writers, it's especially important to consider your audience. ...
  3. Start small. ...
  4. Next, go big. ...
  5. Choose a point of view. ...
  6. Meet your characters. ...
  7. Outline your story. ...
  8. Make, and keep, rules.
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How do you get fantasy ideas? ›

If you're a fantasy writer, read fantasy books. Read old ones, new ones, ones that you've resisted. Don't box yourself in to only reading one sub-genre or certain kinds of writers. Find authors you've heard good and bad stuff about and try them out.

What are good fantasy topics to write about? ›

Here are 340 fantasy writing prompts to help spark your creativity and give you the ability to create your own reality from the ground up.
340 Fantasy Writing Prompts That Will Help You Leave Your Readers Spellbound
  • Alternate History.
  • Children's Story.
  • Comedy.
  • Contemporary.
  • Dark Fantasy.
  • Fairy Tale.
  • Fantasy of Manners.
  • Heroic.
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Is it OK for Christians to write fantasy? ›

Throughout history, Christian have used every art form they can to glorify God and point people towards him, so the genre of fantasy should not be seen any differently.

What are the 4 things a fantasy story usually have? ›

Fantasy literature often includes some of the following characteristics:
  • Magical Forces.
  • World Building.
  • Fantastical Characters.
  • A Dangerous Quest.
  • Mythical Creatures.
30 Jun 2021

What are the 4 types of fantasy? ›

Mendlesohn posits four categories of fantasy—portal-quest, immersive, intrusion, and liminal—that arise out of the relationship of the protagonist to the fantasy world.

Is fantasy a skill or a luck? ›

Presently, in most US states, fantasy sports (including DFS) is generally considered a game of skill and therefore not legally considered as gambling (where there's an element of both luck and chance).

What is a good start for a fantasy story? ›

Begin your novel with something enticing, something that will make your readers question what's happening or what will happen. By the end of one paragraph, they should read onto the next paragraph and so on without even realizing it.

What is the greatest fantasy of all time? ›

The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
  • The Arabian Nights.
  • Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  • Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.
  • Five Children and It by E. Nesbit.
  • Ozma of Oz by L. ...
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

What are the best fantasy tropes? ›

Our Top Fantasy Tropes (And How To Make Them Unique)
  • Damsel In Distress. ...
  • The Secret Heir. ...
  • Villain. ...
  • Dark Lord. ...
  • Training Sequences. ...
  • The Quest. ...
  • Good Guys Fighting Evil. ...
  • Dead Parents/Loved Ones.

What is sinful fantasy? ›

It becomes sinful when your fantasies somehow harm or disrespect your spouse. Or, when your fantasies recast your spouse with someone else. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Does JK Rowling like fantasy? ›

But in the midst of talk ranging from classic authors, to books that made her cry, and her favorite literary heroine, something huge was revealed. Rowling doesn't read fantasy or sci-fi.

What God says about writing? ›

Habakkuk 2:2 says, "Then the Lord answered me and said: 'Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it." The Lord instructs for the vision and revelation He provided to be written down, and shares the "why" behind it. God wants anyone who reads it to respond.

What are the 11 elements of a story? ›

These are the different parts of a story:
  • Characters.
  • Setting.
  • Plot.
  • Conflict.
  • Resolution.
  • Themes.
  • Morals.
  • Symbolism.

What is dark fantasy called? ›

The term itself may refer collectively to tales that are either horror-based or fantasy-based. Some writers also use "dark fantasy" (or "Gothic fantasy") as an alternative description to "horror", because they feel the latter term is too lurid or vivid.

What makes a dark fantasy? ›

Dark fantasy is often used as a synonym for supernatural horror. Some authors and critics also apply the term to high fantasy stories that feature anti-heroic or morally ambiguous protagonists.

What is the most important position in fantasy? ›

Far and away, the most important position on your team is the running back. And because of this, your top priority in the first few rounds is to plug up all the RB spots. And one of your first duties after that is to start drafting depth at the position.

What are the three most common elements of fantasy? ›

Elements of sorcery, witchcraft and enchantment; fantastical creatures and the supernatural; advanced abilities or powers… Basically, anything with no basis in real-world evidence or logic can be considered 'magic'. This is where you can really set your story apart from others in the genre.

Does fantasy mean real or fake? ›

An illusion is a false idea or belief, or a deceptive appearance or impression. A fantasy is an idea with no basis in reality and is basically your imagination unrestricted by reality. Reality is the state of things as they exist. It's what you see, hear, and experience.

What are the 5 ways to start a story? ›

Starting Stories: 5 Great Beginning Strategies
  1. Strategy 1: Begin with action or dialogue. ...
  2. Strategy 2: Ask a question. ...
  3. Strategy 3: Describe the setting. ...
  4. Strategy 4: Begin with background information. ...
  5. Strategy 5: Have the main character introduce himself or herself.


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