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Romeo and Juliet might be the most well-known love story of all time, but the romance genre encompasses more than epic sagas. A romance plot can be condensed into a smaller narrative form as well. All you need are some great romance story ideas to get started. But, as any bestselling author knows, ideas can be elusive, and writers sometimes need outside inspiration when they start a new story.

If you’re searching for good story ideas, try using some writing prompts—a short text designed to plant the seeds of a story in a writer’s mind. For short stories or even novels that center around a romantic relationship, romance writing prompts can help you find your happily ever after.