Romance Writing Prompts

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Romance fiction is one of the most popular genres in literature, but coming up with ideas for starting your own piece of romantic fiction can be difficult. Read on for romance writing prompts and some resources you can use to enhance your fiction writing.

Romance Writing Prompts

Though there are fundamental elements that are essential in any romantic fiction, these stories can develop in a number of ways. Below find a selection of prompts to inspire your romance writing.

Character-Driven Prompts

  • Enemies: Two characters begin their journey as mortal enemies. After being forced to spend time together, they find themselves falling in love.
  • Best Friends: What happens when two best friends decide to begin a relationship with each other?
  • Breaking Up: A pair of exes realize that they belong with each other, but it may be too late.
  • Unhappy Endings: Two people fall madly in love, but can't be together in the end for reasons beyond their control.
  • Bad Timing: Two characters are perfect for each other, but their timing is always off.
  • Breaking with Tradition: Imagine a couple in which all traditional gender roles and relationship expectations are broken. How does their romance develop?

Plot-Driven Prompts

  • The Campaign: Opposing candidates in a major election strike up a relationship while on the campaign trail.
  • Life-Changer: The lives of two characters are changed forever when they jump into a short-lived love affair.
  • The Tourist: A tourist travels alone to a new country, without speaking the language, and becomes intrigued by a local.
  • The Liar: A lie brings two people together, but what happens when one or both of them discovers the truth?
  • An Arrangement: A relationship develops between two people in an arranged marriage.
  • The Dream: One person's romantic fantasy slowly starts to coincide with reality, creating chaos in his or her normal life.
  • Star-Crossed: Like Romeo and Juliet, two people want to be together despite overwhelming disapproval from their families, friends, or society. Will they make the sacrifice for each other?

Fiction Writing Resources

Writing romance fiction takes a combination of imagination and practical writing skill. offers a number of resources to help writers refine their tools and techniques so they can allow their imagination to run free. Check out the series of lessons below to learn more about the components of romance genre literature and the practice of writing fiction and garner the skills and knowledge to help your writing shine.

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