That's right-I wrote the kissing scene a couple of days ago.
Yes, there will be more, but this was the kiss because it was the first kiss.
And it made me realize that kissing scenes aren't my forte...yet.
So to improve, I told my husband we needed to kiss so I could describe it in my book. However, he wasn't very excited about submitting his kissing-self to research, and I guess it would not be very romantic if I stopped mid-kiss to take notes.
Instead I went through my collection of young adult books, and reread the kissing scenes. Here it is-The Anatomy of a Kiss. (a PG kiss)
1) It starts with a look - a dazzling gaze or a soft longing in the eyes.
2) Then contact. Hair is brushed away, jawlines are traced, chins are lifted.
3) The space is closed between them - hands behind waist, arms around neck. They lean in.
4) And then...and then....they kiss. Lips brush against each other. The kisses are soft and sweet.
5) Physiologic response-breaths are held, hearts skip beats.
6) Metaphors maybe? A cat and a bird made it into a couple of kissing scenes I read.
7) The aftermath. They pull away. Maybe they kiss again. (Oh, 0r maybe she slaps him.)
It has to be good. A lot of YA fiction readers are teenage girls. This is the part of the book they wait for with baited breath and maybe read again if it's good.
What elements do you include in the kissing scene?