Today is all about Smoochic–kisses written to music! I need music to write. Well, I don’t need it but I love it. I want it. Especially when I’m building up to that first kiss. Sometimes the kiss comes in the middle of the book, sometimes earlier…and sometimes at the end. It just depends on the characters’ personalities and the plot development.
I just finished a third novella in a series. As I look back, I realize stark differences in my heroes therefore the kind of kiss and when the kiss comes is very different. The music I listened to packed a punch when creating these kisses. Not just the words but the feel of the music. A kiss is like playing out the notes in a song. It helps you visualize the scene like a movie in your head. In fact, many times as the song is playing, I close my eyes to write it. I want to feel the power of the music, taste the romance, and see every move they make as well as hear their thoughts and breaths. Then I go back later and read it without the music. I find all those same emotions I felt from the music translate onto the page. Readers may not hear the music…but they’ll feel it!
*These songs aren’t Christian songs but they aren’t bad songs either. Also, that doesn’t mean you can’t write a kiss to Christian lyrics because I have. But for these three stories, I chose the following because I like a wide variety of music:
In Hope Under Mistletoe, my hero is a bad boy. But he’s redeemable, as we all are. Interesting enough, the kiss isn’t initiated by him. But by my heroine. See, he knows if he starts…he won’t want to stop. It’s a powerful kiss, a heated kiss.I love this song because it’s a passionate even when it’s soft and slow…then it rises and dips again. Much like the kiss.
In Just the Way You Are, my hero is a passionate man, but he’s also a pastor. Which means he knows self-control, unlike my hero above. So the kiss comes with commitment. Can’t you just feel the eternal love in this song? AAAAH!
And in the third novella, More Than Words, my hero is well…not the greatest with words. In this first kiss, it’s all his feelings for the heroine mixed with the frustration of not being able to clearly communicate them in words and dusted with a little fear of falling in love and that in the end, she’ll leave him. But in this moment…she’s his.
If you’re a writer, care to share a particular song you used to write a kissing scene? If you don’t write to music, how do you go about writing a kissing scene? And readers, what book have you read lately that has a killer kissing scene?