What is so special about a first kiss? Seriously. When reading, the anticipation of the first kiss between two characters is almost better than the kiss.
So, I was thinking about my opportunity at a first kiss. And yes, we’re going back to middle school.
My close friend had a party –with boys and girls. The lights were somewhat dim and music played in the background. The smell of Doritos and spilled soda lingered in the air. I’m pretty sure the boys were making farting noises under their armpits and telling bad jokes because they were just as scared. Or I like to think so.
Somehow a game was suggested. Spin the bottle. The girls and boys rushed to form a circle. All I could think was – there are some boys sitting in that circle, who I do not want to lock lips with. What if they opened their mouth? What if people laughed? How many ways could I screw up with everyone watching? At that point, I had never kissed a boy.
I was terrified.
Luckily, I found an ally, another girl, and we huddled around the kitchen table and watched from afar, while eating the left over snacks and convincing each other we made the right choice.
Tips for kissing scenes, because they’re not all created equally (from a reader’s pov)
- Less is more.
- Use sensory details to involve the reader.
- It’s not really about the kiss but the emotion behind it.
- Don’t focus too much on the physical reaction every time.
- A kissing scene is much more interesting if it’s forbidden.
- Almost-kissing scenes ratchet up the romantic tension.
- Read lots of kissing scenes.
- Avoid cliché.
- Physical reaction is fun but the impact lies with emotional reaction.
- The kiss should affect the story line. More impact.
- A powerful, emotional story makes for a great first kiss.
Any other tips? And feel free to share your own kissing story.