So, you want to write a love story but you’re stuck? These writing prompts for love stories should help!
Love makes the world go around. It is also one of the most complicated human emotions to write about.
Some of our favorite novels are love stories, but even professional writers say that writing about love is one of their most challenging tasks. If you’d like improve your love story writing skills, here are some prompts and storylines to follow.
1. Writing prompt about friends falling in love with the same person
You and your best friend have been inseparable since kindergarten and in many ways, were like sisters. You both fell for the same guy at the same time and he chose her instead of you. How do you feel about this? Do you still consider her a friend?
2. Writing prompt about loss and struggling to move on
Heartbroken by the loss of someone you loved deeply, you find yourself unable to move on or function normally. Why do you think it’s so hard for you to recover from this loss? What happens when something unexpected gives you hope again?
3. Writing prompt about a friend who falls in love with you
Your best friend of more than 10 years secretly has feelings for you. How do you find out? What do you do when you realize that they are in love with you?
4. Writing prompt about falling in love with a best friend
You’ve been friends with your significant other since the 8th grade, why is it that nothing romantic ever happened between the two of you until now? How did this big change come about?
5. Writing prompt about a new marriage falling apart
It’s only been six months since your wedding day and things are already looking grim. Why do you think this relationship is not working out? Is there anything either of yourselves can do to improve things or will it end in a divorce?
6. Writing prompt about saying goodbye
You’re at an airport saying goodbye to someone who means a lot to you, but something unprecedented happens and they don’t leave . How do you feel about this? What do the two of you do now that they are staying with you?
7. Writing prompt about jealousy and love
It’s been three years since your best friend fell in love with someone else, but even on their wedding day, you still have feelings for them. Why is it so hard for you to move on? Is there anything either of you can do to change things between the two of you before it’s too late?
8. Writing prompt about rebound love
You never thought this person would amount to much more than a friend, but when your significant other breaks up with you unexpectedly, guess who’s only shoulder you can cry on. What happens when things get awkward between the two of you and how did it all come about?
9. Writing prompt about a long time friend acting strange
You’ve been friends with this person for a long time, but lately they’ve been acting strange. Why do you think that is? Is there anything you can do to help your friend get back on track before things get out of hand?
10. Writing prompt about being single
It’s been six months since your last date and it’s starting to show in all aspects of your life. You haven’t had a good night sleep in years, you’ve completely abandoned all hobbies and even going outside seems hard. What do you do when an old flame contacts you out of the blue?
11. Writing prompt at the top of the Ferris Wheel
You’re at the top of the Ferris Wheel when someone unexpectedly joins you up there. Why do you think they did that and what happens next?
12. Writing prompt about blind dates
It’s been three years since your last date and it seems like getting back out there just isn’t interesting to you anymore. What changes when your friends force their way into taking over your love life by setting up blind dates with suitable bachelors?
13. Writing prompt about avoiding people from high school
Years after high school, it turns that one of your old acquaintances is coming to visit your town. You haven’t seen them since graduation, so why do you suddenly feel the need to go out of your way to avoid them now?
14. Writing prompt about being ghosted
You’ve just started dating someone new and it seems like this relationship is becoming more serious than you ever expected it to be. After an evening together, however, your significant other never contacts or responds to you again. What happened?
15. Writing prompt about divorce
You find yourself at a crossroad after ten years of marriage with one question on your mind: Is this what I really want?
16. Writing prompt about someone who never returns
They said that they would return after one year, but five years have passed and they still haven’t come back. What happened to them? Is there anything you can do or even say that would bring them back?
17. Writing prompt about not being able to commit
It seems like every time you start dating someone new, they end up disappearing without a warning. Why is it so hard for people to commit to a serious relationship with you?
Tips for using these prompts to write a love story
Even though these prompts are about love, they’re more focused on the story than the actual romance.
You can choose any character archetype that you feel like writing about and mix them together to create the main character.
Play with the prompts. Feel free to develop any aspect or turn things into something entirely different.
And don’t forget to submit your story to our story writing competition.
We hope you liked these writing prompts for love stories!