Writing Prompt: Meet Cute

Written by Emily Harstone | April 18, 2014

A “Meet Cute” is the moment in fiction when two characters that will have a relationship meet for the first time. Most romantic comedies have a “meet cute,” as do most young adult novels. You know that moment when the women drops her books and the man picks them up? That is one of millions of options for a meet cute.

When I met my husband for the first time it was significant to me that we had unknowingly livedĀ  less than 10 minutes away from each other for over a year in Seattle, yet we met at the party of a mutual friend in New York when we were living an hour and a half away from one another.

Now our “meet cute” was not the kind in movies. We talked for a while, and then when I left he ran down two flights of stairs to hug me goodbye, completely ignoring a mutual friend I had attended the party with.

But the challenge this week for you is to write an original meet cute scene. It can be completely fictional or it can be a fictionalization of how you met your significant other. This is a fun exercise because it can be so entertaining to introduce characters to one another, and you can learn a lot by playing with a scenario as simple as this one.

Happy Writing!