Romance Short Story Ideas

by Loraine Walters
Created: 15.04.2019
Updated: 27.12.2019

List of 65 Romance Short Story Ideas

  1. A bard who falls in love with the monarch by whom they’re employed.
  2. A beauty guru who marries themselves.
  3. A character who falls in love with their author.
  4. A chauffeur who helps stage an intervention in their employer’s life, but ends up getting a bit too involved.
  5. A clockmaker who falls in love with a fairy they find in an antique clock.
  6. A cosplayer who meets another cosplayer at a convention and then goes on a quest to find them.
  7. A fashion designer who falls in love with a slob who is touring their house.
  8. A florist who writes notes on behalf of a client, only to find that the recipient has fallen in love with them instead.
  9. A fortune teller who falls in love with a scientist whose future they’ve foreseen.
  10. A frail person who falls in love with their giant robot bodyguard.
  11. A ghostwriter who is secretly writing the biography of their famous spouse.
  12. A gossip columnist who finds themselves the subject of their own column when they’re photographed with a celebrity.
  13. A gravedigger who loves their dog so much they’re willing to break the law.
  14. A grieving person who falls in love with a candlemaker.
  15. A guide who organises travel tours for singles and falls in love with one of the travellers.
  16. A lexicographer who incites a “manhunt” when they use their unrequited love as the subject for a series of puzzles for a local newspaper.
  17. A librarian who exchanges secret messages with a writer with whom they’re in love, using book spine poetry.
  18. A linguist who is trying to create a neurolinguistic love spell.
  19. A love story that starts and ends in 24 hours.
  20. A mathematician whose work inspires them to rekindle their love life.
  21. A navigator whose spouse is imprisoned on a planet several lightyears away.
  22. A person dictates who he or she will date based on quantitative measures, such as horoscopes, how they perform on a test, etc.
  23. A philologist who falls in love with an illiterate person who they meet at a book fair.
  24. A pop star who teams up with a fan to escape their demanding record label.
  25. A princess who falls in love with an itinerant wizard who has a long-standing feud with her family.
  26. A publisher who is infatuated by a pseudonymous author they represent, and goes on a quest to discover the author’s identity.
  27. A romance told through a series of texts.
  28. A sculptor who realises they’ve been recreating the face of an old flame over and over again.
  29. A stay-at-home parent who forms a crèche in order to meet other parents and find a partner.
  30. A student who is heartbroken when they meet their hero, but later get to know them anew.
  31. A student who solves mysteries with the help of their deceased boyfriend/girlfriend.
  32. A taxidermist who is called in to restore the specimens in an old country house and becomes intrigued by the owner.
  33. A tea taster who falls in love with a coffee addict.
  34. A travel writer who decides to settle down when they meet a B&B owner in need of help.
  35. A truck driver who is planning to propose to a ship’s captain when next they meet.
  36. A typewriter repairer who discovers a love letter from the future and sets out to find who will write it.
  37. A wand-maker who falls in love with a dryad.
  38. A werewolf who falls in love with an astronomer who agrees to try to help them.
  39. A young boy working up the courage to ask his long-time crush to dance with him at the school dance.
  40. An actor who falls in love with a fellow actor in character.
  41. An archeologist who discovers an ancient recipe for a love philtre, and sets about trying to concoct it.
  42. An architect who tries to win over the person they’re in love with by building them a home.
  43. An artist who falls in love with a picture only to realise that it’s their own self-portrait.
  44. An astronaut and a flat-earther who fall in love.
  45. An elderly married couple toast each other over a pint on St. Patrick’s Day.
  46. An electrician who interprets their love affairs through electrical analogies.
  47. Do you have a minute? asks the stranger who was reading beside you on a park bench.
  48. Narcissus before he saw his own reflection.
  49. Petals fall to the ground as someone picks apart a flower and says, “they love me, they love me not.”
  50. Rewrite a famous romantic scene from the perspective of a bystander who has no idea what is going on.
  51. Romeo and Juliet in a parallel universe.
  52. Two beachcombers who come together when they find two pieces of an ancient artefact.
  53. Two gods from different mythologies who meet after the end of the world.
  54. Two nuns who are planning to elope.
  55. Two paranoiacs who invent their own secret language to communicate with each other.
  56. Two people who expected to go to hell but meet and fall in love in heaven.
  57. Two religious leaders of opposing factions who meet incognito at a leadership conference and hit it off.
  58. Two shamans who meet on the (astral) plane.
  59. Two space cadets who fall in love during training, but are assigned to work in far-flung galaxies.
  60. Two strangers have an interesting encounter on a park bench during a snowy, winter evening.
  61. Two time-travelling scholars who compete to publish their paper first, but instead turn from enemies to lovers.
  62. Write a love poem inspired by a recently received text message.
  63. Write a love story using dramatic irony.
  64. Write a story that ends with a Happily Ever After.
  65. You’re sitting at your desk eating candy hearts. You start to realize the notes on the hearts are trying to give you a message.

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