My boyfriend and I are very shy and we barely talk or do anything. How do we start a conversation without it being so awkward?
Well, that does sound awkward! How did you two start dating to begin with if you two are so shy?
It may be easiest for you two to start talking online-through social media messengers. That way you do not have to look at each other. Keep the conversation rolling with questions about your partner. Then when you find something you two have in common, you will be able to start talking more naturally. Ask about movies, games, music, books, classes, what you all want to change in the world, politics, etc. Once the ice is broken, you may be able to translate your interests offline and in person.
When in person, have something to do while you are spending time together. Go play arcade games, watch a movie, miniature golf, play a board/card game, etc. That way you will be active and will be able to compliment each other when you do well or laugh when you don’t. This should help to lessen some of the tension.
Start there and see what happens.