Anyway, there is always a motivation behind the kiss. Just as a good novel flows from a character’s motivation, kissing is the result of someone’s inner desire. So, what are some motivations behind a kiss?
Well, we’d hope the most important one would be love, but that’s not the only one. (I like to think an example of this one is from Gaskell’s North & South.
Attraction (The Holiday)
Desperation (Last of the Mohicans)
Desire to comfort
Gratitude – and I mean this in a way like, “Oh, I’m so thankful for you.” Or “I’m so glad you’re back.”
Sometimes anger mixed with lava-hot passion (Julie Lessman is good at these)- Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler…yep
Whatever the motivator, a kiss is the result of an overwhelming ‘need’ to make a physical connection, touch. It can be a gradual shift, like a friendship blooming to romance (Think Anne of Green Gables) or it can be a fast-paced desire (maybe like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days-ish). Either way, there is a force that pulls one person’s lips to the other person, with a force to rival magnetic energy. So… what are some reasons you might list as motivators for a kiss?
Well, Laura Frantz is here to give us a kissing scene that seems to be born out of several different things. Attraction, longing, maybe a bit of curiosity. It’s absolutely lovely and a great intro to Laura’s writing. If you want to find out more visit her website at www.laurafrantz.com
Also some lucky lady or gent will win a copy of Laura’s new book Courting Morrow Little. Just leave a post with your email address and a name will be drawn from the list. To read a short review of Laura’s lovely book The Frontiersman’s Daughter follow this link: http://pepperbasham.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/the-frontiersmans-daughter-by-laura-frantz/
1.Hmmm…what makes a good kissing scene? Good question! First, every meeting that leads up to that first kiss should simply sizzle with romantic tension. There must be *sparks* long before that first embrace. You need to hear the reader cheering in the background for the hero and heroine to come together. Then, pour on all the sensory details you can – scent, taste, touch, sight, etc. Contrast their differences. My upcoming hero is a distillation of leather and the outdoors and my heroine of lavender water. He’s tall and hard as granite beneath her hands, she’s small and has the feel of silk. Little details like these bring the scene to life. The reader should experience that kiss right along with the fictional couple.
2. Excerpt from The Frontiersman’s Daughter
She heard the waterfalls before she felt their mist. Catching hands, they tumbled together over a gentle falls, coming to rest beneath a rock overhang out of the way of the rushing water. She looked around in wonderment, the thunderous spray hemming them in on all sides, making speech impossible. But truly, words were unnecessary.
Gently, he framed her face with his hands. Her lips parted as she looked up at him, expectant, drinking in every line and shadow of his striking face. She was trembling now, not from the chill of the water but from his nearness. The sweet ache he created inside her drew her against him, and she flung her arms around his neck.
He began covering her with kisses, on her open mouth, her neck, her hair. She kissed him back, stunned by her need of him, her hands tangled in his wet hair. Gone were the careful kisses of her girlhood, given her by Simon. This was a wild, possessive declaration of a passion too long denied, sparked years before when he called her out of her cabin, then lay banked and smoldering while at Briar Hill, only to blaze up here and now.
His raw strength took her breath away as he held her, but it was his restraint that won her heart. He drew back slowly and removed a silver bracelet from his arm and put it around her own, then took her hand and led her over rocks and rushing water back to the bank.
Silently, they walked hand in hand back to the great slab or rock that held his weapons and moccasins, and he helped her with her discarded dress. She was shivering now in her sodden shift, and the dry dress had to be tugged into place over it. But before she could tie her bodice strings, she was in his arms again, touching him and trading his kisses and being touched and tasted in return.
Well, I must say you definitely have the ‘spark’s’ flying on this scene, Laura. Sizzling, in fact. I can just imagine the steam coming off of those bodies in that waterfall. Gracious! This scene is one of those ‘surprises’ in a book. It snuck up on me, just like an unexpected kiss J Thanks for being a part of this, Laura. May God continue to bless your writing.
Kissing Quote for the Day:
“May I print a kiss on your lips?” I said,
And she nodded her full permission:
So we went to press and I rather guess
We printed a full edition.
Inspirational Quote for the Day:
“Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
No love is greater than God’s. In this Psalm of David, he is crying out “Where is God?” Throughout the psalm David keeps reminding himself that God is with him. God loves him. His faith is more than an emotional response, it is a choice. So is love. Many times as writers, we fill our scenes with the emotions involved in ‘romance’, and that’s fine, but in the end real love comes down to a choice. And love of Biblical proportions came down to Jesus on a cross…by choice. “Not my will but yours be done”, he’d prayed to his father God. In the end the choice to love, love with his life, came with a resounding YES.
And so, we are called to love. To choose to love.
DON’T Give Up NOW- Next week Cathy Marie Hake and MaryLu Tyndal will end our kissing Fest, followed by three days of ‘kissing through the ages’. The Kissing Fest officially ends next Friday, but don’t lose that pucker. Practice makes nearly-perfect, so keep up the writing, and as you know, writing from experience is good too 🙂