One of the things I have to do as a writer of erotica romance is describe the art of a kiss. After all, a kiss is everything. The dictionary defines a kiss as to join lips in respect, affection, love, passion. How romantic does that sound, eh? There is a Chinese Proverb that says “kissing is like drinking salted water, you drink and your thirst increases”. After all, a first kiss represents the spark of love, the hope of the future, quivers in the belly, and tingly sensations all over the body.
It should be easy, right? Writing a kiss should be the easiest thing in the world for someone like me. But capturing the beautiful act of kissing can be extremely difficult to describe. A written kiss has to be just the right blend of romantic and Oh la la! with no hint of being wet, sloppy or smacking (as I’m sure we’ve all experienced at least once in our lifetime!)
In my first novel, Black Leather Pants, this is how I wrote Kiley and Penny’s first kiss:
“Kiley's tongue slid into her mouth, twined with hers, danced, jolting a salacious moan from her. He explored each hidden corner. In and out he plunged, sweeping aside any doubt that this was exactly where she needed to be at this moment.”
Also, writing such a monumental step as a kiss in the love story of two people has to be stimulating for the reader. It’s my job to not only write a believable love scene, but to bring that love scene to life. So sometimes dragging out that first prolonged moment can be sweet torture.
In The Scarlet Dove, my latest release, I wrote: "He leaned his head down again, going little by little, watching her. His tongue ran over the seam of her lips, darting to each corner and then tracing them with little licks. Slowly, he sensed her passion flare. Her body relaxed, her fingers clenched his, and then she moaned and opened her mouth, allowing his tongue to slip inside her moist cavern, and he was lost. The world, their situation, Reynolds and Blue…everything disappeared."
So how does a writer write a kiss? We close our eyes and jump back to that first moment, when we experienced that soul shattering kiss that changed us forever. We write them from our heart, from our hopes and wishes, we draw them out from every movie and book that turned us on. We study kisses, deconstruct them, fantasize about them. I love watching people kiss. One of the hottest kisses I think I've ever seen was between Kyle Reece and Sarah Connor in Terminator (the original).
While there are many ways to write a kiss, and many different scenarios to engage in a kiss, perhaps the most rewarding is that kiss when the happily ever after starts. Love stories start with a kiss, and though they may not end specifically with one, the reader knows that the kiss is there, waiting in our imagination when we turn the last page.
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