Valentine’s Day Writing Prompts

Heart Decoration provided by Clem Onojeghuo

Since this is a blog about writing, I thought it might be a good idea to give you fellow writers some prompts.

If you don’t know what a prompt is, they’re pretty simple. They are just ideas, phrases, and words that get the creative juices flowing. They can be used as part of a chapter in a novel, a whole spark of a new manuscript, or just a short little project to work on to warm up. Some are phrased as a question while others are just a string of words to be used in a piece.

This month I thought it might be nice to lean into the romantic atmosphere of February with some Valentine’s Day prompts. Doesn’t mean all of these prompts are…positive…since I know this isn’t the best time for everyone. If you’d asked me about Valentine’s Day last year (or even the year before that) I probably would have scoffed about it, but all these prompts are intended for Valentine’s/Love (good or bad). I have split them up in scenarios and word collections.

Scenarios

  • A date that goes horribly wrong (after thinking it’ll go well)
  • A date that goes surprisingly well (after thinking it’ll go bad)
  • Your MC or date is a secret agent and bad guys try to kill them while they’re on a date
  • Your MC is a spy and the date is actually their target
  • But then they start getting feelings for the date
  • Blind date is actually their mortal enemy, boss, best friend from childhood
  • Your MC is spying on their best friend’s date either because they are jealous, want it to go well, or because they are also secretly dating the date!
  • Fake dating to go to a wedding, event, reunion

Word Collections

These are 3 to 5 word groupings to either inspire or to create a challenge of trying to fit all 3 to 5 words into your story.

  • Hearts, Red, Paper, Glitter
  • Pink, Card, Happy
  • Rainbow, Love, Spoons, Spaghetti
  • Elevator, Dinner, New, Love, Late
  • Eager, Disaster, Forgiven, Bowtie, Giggle
  • Candies, Secret, Smooth
  • Discreet, Lover, Music, Garden
  • Forever, Lovely, Valentine, Confetti, Last
  • Wedding, Lilac, Spinning, Cake, Flutter
  • Holiday, Fruitful, Dancing
  • Red, Ribbon, Frisky, Drinks
  • Ambition, Flirting, Office
  • Rain, Unrequited, Longing, Finally
Heart drawn on foggy glass provided by Michael Fenton

There should be some fun prompts for you to really take advantage of the romantic inspiration that is February.

Let me know in your comments if you used any, what sort of twists you took, and if you’d like to see more in the future. Plus, let us know some of your own Valentine prompts as well!

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