I’ve written and read my fair share of kissing scenes. My favorites are by far the ones with the most build up- the sexual tension, the witty banter, the ‘lean in’ and ‘eyes fluttering over features’ and ‘gaze locking on lips’ and ‘air growing warm’ etc... but what about the actual kiss itself?
There’s always the simple ‘they kiss’/ ‘he kisses’ / ‘she kisses’ period- skipping the details of everything that comes between the initial lip lock and release. And a lot of people might prefer this- feeling the description of what happens during a kiss is unnecessary or that it might take away from the action.
And while I certainly don’t want to know about every string of saliva connecting our two main characters, I do admit I prefer a few details.
After all, so much can be said with a kiss.
Is it slow and tender? Or hard and impulsive? Is there any spark or is it cold and distant—like the characters are shaking hands with their mouths? I think a kiss can not only add to the action, but give us a glimpse into the true dynamic between two people in the story.
So tell me, how do you go about kissing? (um, in your writing I mean)