Updated: Jun 28, 2021
Are you looking for (young adult) YA fantasy writing prompts? You found them! Here you'll find teenagers called to extraordinary tasks and places. Grab a pen, and let's get started.
What is YA fantasy?
YA fantasy, or young adult fantasy, is a very popular subgenre. You may be surprised to learn that the majority of the readership is actually in their 20s and 30s. However, the books themselves are generally aimed at teenage audiences and should be relatable and appropriate for this age group.
Given the above, there's a lot of discussion about what makes a story "young adult." Here are a few of the most common answers:
While not strictly required, most YA protagonists fall between the ages of 13 - 18 years of age.
Themes are relatable to teenagers-- finding your identity, struggling with school and peer relationships, first loves and kisses, understanding your place in the world or even your own family. (See why the young at heart enjoy reading these stories. What a wonderful time in life!)
Take those protagonists and themes and set them on the background of fantastic worlds and with larger than life villains! Now, you can see what makes YA Fantasy so special. (I'm biased. I'm a YA author.) Here are some big name young adult fantasy novels for inspiration: Harry Potter, Eragon, and Twilight.
Are you ready to dive in? Scroll through the YA fantasy plot ideas below and choose the one you like best. Set a timer for 15 to 20 minutes, and start writing!
When you're done, you can share your work in the comments below. Our friendly, encouraging community would love to read them!
YA Fantasy Writing Prompt #1
Three Things Challenge
Write a story that includes these three things.
A locket. A quarterback. A rift in time.
YA Fantasy Writing Prompt #2
Stupid Fairy Tales
“I never believed any of this could exist."
“Then, why did you read all those stupid fairy tales?”
“Because I loved them.”
YA Fantasy Writing Prompt #3
For the first time in twenty years, the grimoire has been opened. A dark, poisonous smoke pours from its page. You hurry to shut the book, but it's too late. Something has awakened.
YA Fantasy Writing Prompt #4
The Talking Dead
You can't ignore the dead when they talk to you. Believe me. I tried.
YA Fantasy Writing Prompt #5
A limited number of dragons are born each year. Only the most skilled riders are paired. Your father was a legend. You on the other hand are clumsy, awkward, and wield no fire magic of your own.
YA Fantasy Writing Prompt #6
The Missing Object
A prized object has magically appeared among your things. What is it, and who is looking for it?
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