Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Looking for medieval fantasy writing prompts? Look no further! Here be dragons, maidens, kings, knights, and daring sword play. Don your armor and quill, and let's proceed!



What is medieval fantasy?

Medieval fantasy is a well-known subgenre with stories set in the Middle Ages, between the 5th and late 15th century. Common elements include monarchies, the feudal system, dragons, a lack of modern technology, etc.


A few medieval fantasy stories you might be familiar with include: A Game of Thrones, The Mists of Avalon, and The Princess Bride. You might have noticed medieval fantasy has some serious overlap with the Arthurian and high fantasy subgenres.


Getting Started

Writing prompts are a great way to generate story ideas. Simply set a timer for fifteen minutes and get started! You can use them as a part of a daily writing routine or to help you when you get stuck.


So, what ideas do these medieval fantasy story prompts spark? Share your ideas and short fiction in the comments below.



Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompt #1

Preparing for Battle

Medieval Plot Ideas - Knight in Armor

It was said that the knight's armor had been forged of an impenetrable metal and cursed by the whispers of his slain foes. None dared approach him, and the towns fell one by one.




Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompt #2

Faithful

Medieval Plot Ideas - Young Woman Knight of Horseback

A farmhand's daughter defies all societal norms to pursue the man who killed her brother. She rides out at first light, following just a half day behind the king's knights. When she happens upon a rider who has fallen behind, she quickly dons her helmet to hide her identity.




Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompt #3

Ruins

Medieval Plot Ideas - Ruins Mystical

The long forgotten ruins of L'Ethoroxi were rumored to have a fountain of such pure water that it was said the heavens themselves had bestowed them as a gift. The king hoped it was so. For someone very important was ill.




Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompt #4

The Lady in the Lake

Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompts - Woman by Lake Arthurian

She waited in her long white gown in stillness. It had been over a century since she and her love parted. His dying words were that they would meet again by the lakeside. She returned faithfully every year.




Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompt #5

The Sword

Medieval Fantasy Writing Prompts - Sword

"This sword is to be yours, son."

The boy reached out an eager hand

His father smiled. "Once you earn it."




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Updated: Jun 28, 2021

Epic fantasy, also known as high fantasy, is perhaps the oldest and most beloved subgenre in all of fantasy literature. Established favorites include The Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, and Game of Thrones. What do these series have in common? Spectacular worldbuilding, battles of good and evil, numerous books, passage of time, and so much more. Ready to write your own? Get started with the epic fantasy writing prompts below!


There are many ways to use writing prompts. Some writers like to use them daily to improve their writing habit. Others like to use them to spark and complete a full story idea. One of my favorites is to set a timer and free write for fifteen minutes.


What ideas do these epic fantasy story ideas spark? Share your thoughts and flash fiction in with our friendly, welcoming community in the comments below.


Epic Fantasy Writing Prompts



Epic Fantasy Writing Prompt #1

With troubled eyes, his aged servant looked at him. "Do you care for anyone but yourself?"

He considered for a moment. "I care for my crown."



Epic Fantasy Writing Prompt #2

A mad sorcerer once controlled and maintained the magic of this land until his disappearance. Now, chaos reigns.



Epic Fantasy Writing Prompt #3

Legend says that the volcano will erupt when the next line of kings is born. It has been erupting for two months straight now.



Epic Fantasy Writing Prompt #4

Write a story that includes these three things. Ethereal wings. Fire. Deception.



Epic Fantasy Writing Prompt #5

Long ago, in the time of warriors, a man lived and died by his blade. He took it into battle, bed, and even to his grave. The blade was imbued with this fierce energy, and it is said its owner will be near unstoppable. After thousands of years, you've just found it.




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Updated: Jun 28, 2021

A lot of authors wonder where to find ARC readers. This brief guide will help you to understand what an ARC is and how to successfully recruit ARC readers for your novel.


How to Find ARC Readers + How to Get ARC Readers

What is an ARC?

An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy. More specifically, an ARC is a book that is complete but has not yet been published. Authors and publishers often give away free ARCs prior to publication in order build buzz and garner early book reviews.


Why do I need ARC readers?

Reviews are a critical component to selling books. On Amazon, your book will get a "lift" in the rankings for the first 30 days (give or take). That means the traffic on your book sales page will it be at its highest. Great, right?


Only if you have reviews. Book browsers are far more likely to convert to book buyers when your books has social proof, aka reviews. Nobody wants to buy a book with no reviews from an unknown author (to them). Don't believe me? Browse the Kindle Top 100 for your favorite genre.


If you're thinking you'll get lots of organic reviews, you're wrong. I've seen dozens of authors estimate these ratios in popular forums. The cold reality... 1 in every 500 purchasers will review your book (at best).


Now, on to the meat of this article.


How do I get ARC Readers interested in my work? What does a good ARC reader recruitment post include?

When you are seeking new ARC readers, you will need to include the following information:

  • Book Cover

  • Title

  • Genre

  • Blurb

  • Review Deadline (When do you need reviews submitted by? I suggest giving your readers 4-6 weeks lead time.)

  • Where do you want them to leave reviews? (If you want reviews on Amazon, don't assume that's where your readers will put them. They might post to Kobo, Google Play, GoodReads, or their blog. Be specific.)

  • Tell them how to apply. Make it simple. (Good resources to help you manage this process are StoryOrigin, BookSprout, and BookFunnel. Some authors also use Facebook or plain old email. I prefer StoryOrigin. It allows you to see how many books a reviewer has requested and followed through on. It also allows you to see their review profiles.)


Where can I find ARC Readers?

Check out the compiled list below. Please note, inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement. If you have a suggested group for me to add, please add it in the blog comments.


OTHER

Reddit ARC Readers

https://www.reddit.com/r/ARCReaders/

LibraryThings

https://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list


Your Newsletter


Your Social Media Platforms


FACEBOOK

YA Book Stop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2052321714995808

Fantasy ARC & Beta Readers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fantasyarcreaders/

Reading Owls ARC Team

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2749394122009843/

ARC Group for Readers & Authors

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1623950861238483/

ARC Readers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/393039901080388/

Indie Alpha, Beta, and ARC Readers for ALL Genres

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndieABAReaders4ALLGenres/

Beta & ARC Readers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/466019413522302/

YA Fantasy Readers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/485480292199563/


GOODREADS

GoodReads ARC of Authors

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/93438-arc-of-authors

GoodReads Advanced Copies for Review & Book Giveaways

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/58575-advanced-copies-for-review-book-giveaways

GoodReads Read 4 Review

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/96918-read-4-review

GoodReads FREE BOOKS for Book lovers: ARC & Polished Manuscript Readers for Authors

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/205386-free-books-for-book-lovers-arc-polished-manuscript-readers-for-author

GoodReads Authors & Reviewers

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/103713-authors-reviewers

GoodReads Book Review Club

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/71494-book-review-club

PAID

NetGalley (can go through co-op for best pricing)

*This is the resource most traditional publishers use.*

https://www.netgalley.com/


If you go direct, it is very expensive. Most indie authors use co-ops for the best pricing.

Victory Editing - $45/month https://victoryediting.com/services/netgalley-co-op/


Xpresso Tours - $65/month http://xpressobooktours.com/xpresso-book-tours-netgalley-co-op/

Edelweiss (must go through a co-op, cannot post directly)

*This is the resource most traditional publishers use. It is also the most expensive in the market. Not recommended.*

https://www.edelweiss.plus/

BookSirens

https://booksirens.com/

Voracious Readers (first book, first 20 free)

https://voraciousreadersonly.com/

BookSprout (free plan available and upgraded plans)

https://booksprout.co/


StoryOrigin

Not only will StoryOrigin manage your ARC process, they will also publicly list your ARC to readers (if you choose to allow them to do so).

https://storyoriginapp.com/



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