“You should be kissed and by someone who knows how.”
There’s nothing like a first kiss. Right? Especially when it turns out to be everything you’d expected.
But what happens when it falls flat?
When writing my WIP, Follow Me, I wanted the couple’s first kiss to be spectacular. A moment where the reader feels the kiss right along with the characters.
Unfortunately after reading the first draft, my scene didn’t evoke any kind of emotion other than BORING.
So before revising, I needed to determine what was missing. I reread the first kisses in several of my favorite novels and found a common theme.
Here’s a list of 3 things that made these scenes memorable.
- Setting: The location played a huge role in the entire feel of the scene. It increased the urgency of the kiss, and in some cases, added more conflict for the characters. Just think about the emotions evoked with a kiss happening in a dark alley, a life or death situation, or maybe in the pouring rain.
- Senses: My favorite scenes engaged many, if not all of the senses. The writer described the character’s surroundings, such as the scent of cologne, taste of minty toothpaste, the textures against the skin, or even a song playing in the background.
- Type: The best ones didn’t involve the average peck on the lips. The type of kiss had a specific meaning and was packed with emotion, like a passion-fueled “I love you/I hate you kiss” or a sweet forehead kiss.
Videos are a great resource for choreographing character body language during a kiss. Beware. This proved to be really tough work. Can we stay steamy?
I also found several helpful websites for writers.
So I’m dying to know, what are your favorite types of kisses to read about or write? What made a kiss in a particular novel or movie memorable for you?