Smooch Your Way to SuccessAugust 26, 2009 at 11:59 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments
A kiss starts a romantic relationship. A kiss seals your wedding vows. And now, a kiss tells you if your love is right for you. According to a science research, published in the scientific journal Evolutionary Psychology, ‘59 percent of men and 66 percent of women said they have been in the position of being attracted to someone until they kissed the person.’
A kiss can make or break the book. It can be the ultimate climax to a relationship, or the start of something new. So it is important that your book smooches its way to success. The pressure is on to get it right. Never fear my fellow twifties, here are a few helpful tips.
Everybody knows what goes into a kiss, so don’t spend too much time writing about the mechanics of kissing. Readers want to know how your MC is feeling. Too many writers forget a little thing called emotions. Nobody cares too much about what character A is doing to character B. We want to know how character A + B are feeling.
YouTube is your friend. There are hundreds of different videos dedicated to some of Hollywood’s most notorious kiss scenes. It is important you analyse these videos. You need to look for the chemistry, the heat between the characters. A few good examples are the Twilight kiss, the Notebook kiss and the Gone with the Wind kiss.
Read.Read.Read. As writers, I’m assuming you read. I’m also assuming you have copies of some of your favorite YA books. Again, you need to analyze how the writer sets the reader up for the kiss scene. Do you see the passion, the need, between the characters? If not, take it a step further. Rewrite that scene until you think do feel it’s a great kiss. Practice makes perfect.
Even though imitation is sincerest form of flattery, you need to make the kiss scene your own. You created these characters, so nobody knows them better than you. It’s important you incorporate the quirks, likes and dislikes of you characters into the scene. Is one more aggressive and takes charge? Is it an awkward first kiss, and your characters are still learning the ropes? These are the types of questions that should be running in your mind. Think of your characters and relate the kiss to their personality. If your MC is shy, then it is highly unlikely she/he will slam their love interest into a wall and have their way with them.
Go on, heat up the pages.
Just out of interest, what is your favorite kiss scene in any YA book?