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Sometimes you just want to read a book that gives you the comforting knowledge that there will be a Happily Ever After — and that’s one of the defining characteristics of the romance genre. If you’d like to write your own love story, we hope these romance prompts will help you!

Here are a few types of romance stories you might consider writing:

  • Historical romance. The Romance Writers of America (RWA) classifies this as any romance novel that takes place before 1950.
  • Contemporary. Logically, the RWA classifies this as any romance novel that takes place after 1950.
  • Paranormal. Romance stories with elements of fantasy or science fiction.
  • Suspense. When love stories become intertwined with gritty plots.
  • Erotic. This RAW defines this as “Novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth and relationships and could not be removed without damaging the storyline.”

Want more help learning how to write short romance? Check out How to Write a Short Story That Gets Published — a free, ten day course by Laura Mae Isaacman, a full-time editor who runs a book editing company in Brooklyn.

Have a story you’re ready to start submitting? Check out our list of writing contests or our directory of literary magazines.