Weekly Writing Exercise: Fantastical Fantasies

A day late, a dollar short as the saying goes. Although I’m a day late on this post, I don’t believe I’m a dollar short. Maybe a lot more than a dollar, but we’ll table that discussion for another day! My schedule was thrown off this week with having Monday off for MLK Day and so today feels like a Wednesday, even though it’s not.

But anyway, enough about me. If you’re reading this post, odds are it’s because you’re looking for a reason to write and not write at the same time. Don’t worry, I get you. You know you need to write today, you don’t know about what, so why not read a blog that tells you to and gives you ideas? Hopefully, it’ll also get you motivated to do the writing after you read it.

So this week I’m focusing in a bit on having the writing exercise focus around one genre. In a past post, I encouraged everyone to try and write a story outside of the genre they usually work in, knowing how challenging that can be. Well this week, I want to see you produce one work inside of one genre.

If you couldn’t guess by the title, that genre is fantasy. I myself don’t work to heavily in it, preferring to read and write science fiction and horror, but I do love watching it. There is just something about a world or realm ripe with monsters and adventure that can just lure me in.

So this week I’m calling on you to do the same! It’s time to create that adventure into a fantastical world full of beasts and creatures. One that is ripe with magic and full of princes or princesses to save. Create one where dragons destroy taverns because they’re jerks and goblins get the girls, because who doesn’t love a strange love story?

This exercise doesn’t need to be long or extremely well written, remember, it is practice after all. I’m certainly not expecting you to pull a Tolkien and create an entire language and map before starting (unless that’s your thing, then go for it!). Simply write a short story, poem, or whatever other medium you work in, that involves a fantasy world.

Once you finish, if you’re proud of your work, then keep going! Give it a few rounds of editing. Clean that new piece of art up and find a place to submit it! Regardless, if there is one thing to take away from this prompt, it’s this: WRITE.

That’s all for this week. Check out the bottom of my page to find me on social media where Facebook gets a heavy helping of writing memes, Twitter gets conversations with me whether you like it or not, and Instagram shows you my struggle to use that platform no matter how hard I try.