Your hero decides halfway through his journey that he wants to settle down with a nice girl he met in a rally against the evil overlord. Together, they decide that a life of rebellion isn’t one for a family, and so they leave the rebellion to the comic relief sidekicks, get married, and raise a family.
In an overpopulated world, the evil overlord holds a contest to decide who gets to live and who dies to free up resources; he invites all the people in the land. Once everyone’s there, he has soldiers sweep through and kill anyone who didn’t come. Then he goes to the people who did come and says, “Kay guys, you’re free to go.”
People have accounts. In real life, they can log off and log in as a different person, but this leaves their original being on autopilot. Autopilot is only so reliable.
Write a journey fantasy, but pay particular attention to the party’s rations. Make circumstances under which they can only eat one or two things for the entire journey. Show the effects of them getting sick of eating the same thing over and over and over again.
Write a fantasy based around dancing. Give the protagonist no legs.
The to-be evil overlord trains for all his life to become the evil overlord, mastering his evil laugh, writing out blueprints for all his world-dominating inventions, and capturing peasant girls as practice for princesses — only to find out that the kid who bullied him through his childhood became the overlord before he could.
A baker introduces cookies to a fantasy world, and suddenly, cookies are a commodity. Some cities ban them because their citizens are becoming too fat. Some embrace them. Some go to war over them.
Your protagonist writes a book detailing her adventures. She travels to a new land to sell it, where it becomes an instant classic. The catch: everyone thinks it’s fiction.
Apparently rewriting an old story takes longer than a couple days. I’ll have that up when it’s ready.
Due to unforeseen time constraints, a king who somehow made it to old age without being assassinated dies halfway through writing his will. His children now have no idea how to handle things. Start your story here.
Also due to unforeseen time constraints that involved a three-mast schooner and portable speakers, I’m pushing my rewrite back another day.
Rewrite an old story that you think has potential it couldn’t reach with your previous skill level. See how much closer you can get.
I’ll also be participating in this one. Tomorrow, I’ll post an old story called Angel Hunters and a) rip it to shreds and b) rebuild it to be better.