Romantic Story Writing Prompts

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

It can be a challenge to write romance for some students, especially if they get writer's block. This lesson gives a variety of writing prompts that students can use to inspire their own romance story.


The wonderful thing about romance is it can be fantasy, horror, adventure, or even science fiction. Each unique interpretation can change the story to something new. Sometimes students struggle to find the ''write'' inspiration. Writing prompts can really help with this. The following prompts are divided into three sections. The first are images and captions that students can use to create their own vivid idea of what's happening within the pictures. Secondly, there is a set of written synopses, providing a good impetus for students to build a romantic story upon. Thirdly, there are quotes to inspire you and include in your romantic story.

Image Writing Prompts

Sometimes images can inspire more than words. The following images offer some unique starts to any story that a student wants to write involving romance. The captions below each image are part of the story writing prompt.

Message in a Bottle

The message in a bottle, a classic image and idea, is a perfect place to start with a romantic tale.

He/she left me. Now I have a message in a bottle. I am afraid to read it, afraid to open that place in my heart again.
Message in a Bottle

A Ring

The image of a ring can inspire love or anger depending on someone's experiences. This could be a good start to a romantic novel.

The ring that he/she gave me is old, but I cannot determine whether it was for love or money.
Wedding Ring

Creepy Romance

Sometimes standard romance is not enough to inspire students, so adding something visual that could be considered creepy or weird can help.

I wait here for them. I do not know when they will come to me, but I am willing to wait here forever.

Writing Prompts

A good way to inspire new stories is to provide an instance or brief moment in time to prompt new work and ideas. The following prompts should do this for students:

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