You can use the prompts below as starters for your main romantic love story, or possibly to generate subplots between minor characters. As well as the basic setup, most of the story starters include an idea for the meet-cute. There are also questions and suggestions to help you expand on the basic idea and get your creativity flowing. It’s up to you whether the romance ends up shy and cozy or hot and wild.
All these starters work for ‘real’ contemporary romance. Some also have potential for paranormal romance (PNR).
These starters can be used with any gender combination, so I’ve used gender neutral names such as Casey, Charlie, Frankie, Kim, Pat and Sam.
- Pet Problems
- Protest Meeting
- Slap Happy
- Taxi Driver
- Bag Snatcher
- Bar Singer
- Clumsy Waiter
New story starters will be added to the top of this list, so check back when you need more inspiration.