This past week, a short film about strangers kissing went viral on social media. I may or may not have watched it a million times. If you missed it, you should, too.
I write kisses in my stories — lots and lots of kisses — but do mine start out that sweet and hesitant? Do they quickly turn that steamy and electric? Do my characters lose themselves in their kisses like these strangers do? You can better believe they will from now on.
Also, the writer in my wants to know, what happened to these couples after? Did they exchange numbers? Go on dates? Fall in love? I don’t know, but I do know this: I want to watch it again.
As I revise the covers for my original romantic women’s fiction series, I wonder what makes a kiss sexy? Scrolling through photo after photo in search of the perfect couple, I’m tantalized by all the seductive imagery. Positions and intimations, illusions and insinuations. With characters in my mind, I know exactly what I’m looking for.
Unfortunately, as with anything in life, the more I look and see, the more I become desensitized to the power and appeal. Lips and hands, eyes and teeth. What will my readers think? What will they want to see? After a while, the analytical part of my brain kicks in and I find myself asking the question, what makes for a sexy kiss?
Mouth closed or lips parted? Easy submission or playing hard to get? Faces, no faces? Up against the wall, in the ocean, alone in a bedroom? How about the emotion exuded? Sweet and smiley or spicy and daring?
I guess kisses are one of those very personal things in life. What appeals to one person doesn’t appeal to the next. Kisses vary in mood and degree, depth and emotion. What lights an inferno in one woman might not spark the smallest flame in another. I fire up while you fizzle.
It is fun to think about, though. Kinda like writing a romance. I get in the heads of my characters, get them to act out in all those crazy ways I would not. I think that’s what makes writing so enjoyable for me. It’s never boring—unless you make it so. It’s never the same adventure twice—unless you become burned out on the subject. It’s fun and lively or dark and scary—writer’s choice.
I love it! And I love kisses. 😉 Can’t wait to share ALL my new covers with you!