Enemies to Lovers Writing Prompts and Story Ideas (2023)

enemies to lovers writing prompts

Looking for angsty yet fluffy enemies to lovers writing prompts and story ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

Read on for prompts like two poker players who accuse each other of cheating, a vampire scammer who’s enthralled with one of their victims, and many more!

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Enemies to Lovers Writing Prompts

Brace yourself as we delve into the captivating realm of enemies-to-lovers relationships, where fiery clashes and unexpected attractions collide. In this article, we present you with 10 tantalizing enemies to lovers writing prompts that will set your creativity ablaze!

For the sake of originality, I won’t list ideas that have anything to do with arranged marriage, sex pollen or soulmate tropes because I feel that they’ve been done to death already.

Here they are, enjoy!

Please note that the genders in these starters are just placeholders and are not meant to enforce any hurtful stereotypes nor offend anyone.


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Enemies to Lovers Prompts

Grab your pen, ignite your imagination, and get ready to explore the complex dance of emotions as enemies become lovers in these enticing enemies to lovers story prompts!

1. The Physician’s Curse

In a medieval realm of healing and shadows, a renowned physician conceals a dark secret as a vampire, utilizing bloodletting as a cover to satisfy their insatiable thirst. What happens when the physician finds themselves captivated by a specific patient’s blood and began to pursue them beyond their physician-patient relationship? (From Vampire Romance Writing Prompts.)

2. Masked Hate

At a child’s masquerade birthday party, a hired clown and an adult guest form an unexpectedly deep connection. However, when the festivities end and the masks are removed, turns out that they’re rivals at work! (From How Characters Meet: 25 Non Cheesy Meet-Cute Ideas.)

3. Feuds and Food

When a charismatic senior guy lands an after-school job at a local restaurant, he is shocked to discover that the owner’s daughter is none other than his long-standing archenemy from school. (From High School Romance Writing Prompts.)

4. Sweet Temptation

When a talented baker finds her bakery at risk due to a financial crisis with the bank, she reluctantly turns to the leader of a local mob for help. The catch? For years, she has steadfastly rejected his persistent advances. (From  Intriguing Mafia Romance Story Ideas.)

5. Threads of Enchantment

In a world where a talented baker/seamstress/mechanic harnesses their magical abilities to achieve greatness in their craft, everything changes when an enigmatic tattoo artist/florist/painter becomes their new neighbor. Astonishingly, the witch suddenly finds themselves stripped of their magical powers, igniting a suspicion that there’s a hidden correlation between their neighbor’s arrival and their own power loss. (Originally appeared in my post 22 Spellbinding Witch Story Ideas.)

Enemies to Lovers Picture Writing Prompts

A picture speaks a thousand words, so here are some enemies to lovers writing prompts and story ideas inspired by a picture. Please click on each picture to learn more about it.

1. Two astronauts are on a secretive mission, but one of them is a mole from another country. The fact unravels following an incident that not only threatens to jeopardize their mission but also their lives, and it forces them to work together despite their antagonism towards each other.

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2. A vacationing woman rents a motorcycle to explore the sleepy beach town she’s visiting. When it starts raining, she accidentally crashes into a house, only to find that the owner of the house is the smooth-talking a taxi driver who swindled her earlier in the airport.

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3. Two professional poker players have histories of accusing each other of cheating. Then, one casino owner hires one of them to spot cheaters at his casino, but unbeknownst to the casino owner, his partner hires the other poker player for the same job, during the same time. What kind of chaos and shenanigans would happen?

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4. A religious person starts corresponding with an atheist columnist in an attempt to change the latter’s mind, with the latter being firm on their views. When the two end up sitting next to each other in a flight, only for the flight to be delayed due to bad weather that gets them stuck in the airport together, is it serendipity or is it God’s intervention?

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Enemies to Lovers Dialogue Prompts

Banters and sharp dialogues are essential in enemies to lovers stories because they illustrate a stage where the characters are almost out of their antagonistic phase and don’t really want to hurt each other anymore, and yet they still want to channel some snark through their words. Here are some more enemies to lovers dialogue prompts and banters to spice up the narrative.

1. “Don’t try to charm your way out of this.” “… You think I’m charming?”

2. “Bite me.” “I thought you’d never ask.”

3. “Why didn’t we do this sooner?” “You were too busy trying to look mean.”

4. “This isn’t over.” “Oh, I’ll make sure of it.”

5. “I don’t hate you. I just don’t care about you.” “Keep talking, I’m diagnosing you.”

6. “I believe there’s someone for everyone. For you, there’s a mental health professional.” “Well, I put the hot in psychotic.”

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Enemies to Lovers Definition

Now that we’ve seen some enticing enemies to lovers story ideas, let’s dig around deeper. What defines the enemies to lovers trope?

Enemies to lovers is a literary trope involving a pair of antagonistic characters who are forced to work together to achieve a common goal before coming to respect one another in the process, building slowly to a sexual relationship.

Often employed in romantic or erotic literature, this trope typically involves a lot of bickering and unresolved sexual tension between the characters after the pair is being brought together through unusual circumstances.

Some of the most common plots that are used to enforce the enemies to lovers storyline are:

The arranged marriage trope
The sex pollen trope
– Accident involving amnesia
The soulmate trope
– Having the same mission or goal

How do you write a good enemies-to-lovers plot?

A great care should be taken when writing enemies-to-lovers plot. The story progression must be such that mutual respect slowly grows between the two antagonistic characters, to the point that the begin to have feelings for each other.

What’s the difference between enemies to lovers and plain toxic relationship?

A good enemies-to-lovers story include a believable progression that starts with mutual hatred or antagonism between the two main characters. Then, thrown into a situation that forces them to work together, the characters should start to see each other in a different light, and eventually grow to respect one another, which then evolves into a mutual attraction where each genuinely cares about the other’s well-being.

On the other hand, in a toxic relationship, there’s no mutual respect between the people involved, and the interaction between the two are rarely motivated by genuine care for the other’s well-being. If you’re looking for some writing prompts in the subject of toxic relationship, head to my posts Detective Noir Writing Prompts, Psychological Thriller Writing Prompts, or Dark Romance Writing Prompts!

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There! Some exciting and enticing enemies to lovers writing prompts that hopefully will spark your imagination! If you need more story ideas and prompts, please browse our Story Ideas & Writing Prompts category!

Have any question or feedback? Feel free to contact me here. Until next time!

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