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Get Inspired with World Anvil's Worldbuilding prompts for writers and game masters

Regardless if you are writing your next novel or you are a D&D dungeon master, at some point you will get stuck. It happens to all of us. These worldbuilding prompts are here to inspire you to write your next article and help you spark the next idea that will get you going.

Each of these worldbuilding prompts is designed to fit in one of World Anvil's templates and clicking on the of each of them will give you more information in the form of link and videos to get thinking and of course a list of all other articles written for this worldbuilding prompt to see what the rest of the people in the community have been up to.

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Prose

Re-write the plot of a classic fairy tale, like Cinderella or Sleeping beauty, but change the ending to a Tragic, Bitter Sweet, or Ambiguous ending. 

-- Janet
Settlement

Write about a city or town in your world which is unusual or unique in some way.

-- Janet
Item

Tell us about an item that is unique, wondrous, or magical!

Tradition

Create a festival celebrated by one (or more) culture(s) in your world, to kick off a new campaign or story.

-- Janet
Language

Write about the death of a language in your world.

Character

Create a love interest NPC for one of your PCs.... and add consequences!

-- Janet
Prose

Take a scene you’ve written before, and experiment with three different endings. Which speeds up the pace of the story? Which slows it down?

-- Janet
Plot

Create an article about a clever conflict you plan to introduce to your Main Character or your Player Characters. Explain why the plot is perfect to mess with their heads!

-- Janet
Tradition

Tell us about a tradition surrounding births in one of your worldsl

Character

Create a new hero in your world from the past - they can be historical or mythical in your world - and use the five tips from the video to describe what makes them so compelling! 

-- Janet
Character

Choose a hero archetype - Everyman, Classical, Epic, Anti Hero, Byronic or Tragic - you’ve rarely or never used before, and create a character in your world that fits the profile!

-- Janet
Character

Choose a hero archetype —Everyman, Classical, Epic, Anti Hero, Byronic or Tragic— you’ve rarely or never used before, and create a character in your world that fits the profile!

-- Janet
Technology

What is the most significant/innovative technology in your world.

Species

Describe a weird animal in your world. Why do people consider it "weird"?

-- Ondo
Building / Landmark

Write about a pub, hotel, inn or tavern... Who stays there? What's the food like?

-- Janet
Geographic Location

Describe a geographically or meteorologically unstable region of your world

-- Janet
Myth / Legend

The ultimate love story - Romeo and Juliet, Venus and Adonis, kanye and Kim....

-- Janet
Geographic Location

Create an area of outstanding natural beauty in your world!

-- Janet
Tradition

A non-contact sport or game - anything from carriage racing to golf!

-- Janet
Organization

Tell us about a famous entertainment group within your world!

-- Janet

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