The first kiss between the hero and heroine is a huge turning point for a romance story. Up until this point both the hero and heroine will have been denying their true feelings, casting smouldering looks and giving each other weird tingling sensations.
As the writer / author you will have been busy chucking a myriad of life obstacles at your characters, designed to keep them apart and to keep your reader guessing about when they will get their romance fix.
However, there will come a point in the story where the hero and heroine will suddenly find themselves in close proximity of each other. Hearts will start to gallop, hopes will get raised, temperatures will rise and your reader will be standing on their sofa, book in hand, screaming “JUST KISS HER!”
The first kiss is important for a number of reasons:
It advances the plot.
Gives the reader an indication of how strong the romance between these two characters is going to be. The reader may need to clear their social calendar for the next few evenings if the first kiss is sizzling (nothing worse than socializing when there is a hot romance unfolding in your book).
Gives the reader some useful character insight, depending on the character POV.
Sparks a change in the characters post kiss. They will want to overcome their life challenges and follow their heart after this.
Here are some things I think you should consider when writing this important part of a romance story:
You have your reasons for quitting writing; it’s too hard, you’ve come to the conclusion your writing is unlikely to bring you fame and fortune, nobody wants to read your work or even your best tweed writer jacket no longer fits you. They all seem like great reasons to quit.
The only problem is that you are displaying some important signs and these signs indicate you’re not ready to quit. If only you knew you were wasting valuable time and energy telling everyone about your intention to leave the creative world.
Welcome to my weekly blog series – Author Interviews.
Every Saturday I get to interview inspiring authors who let me into their creative world. I get to hear how they overcame tough literary challenges, the highlights from their book writing journey and their answer to the big literary question – what do they wear whilst working on their literary masterpieces?
This week I am joined by author and blogger Allie Potts. She describes herself as a ‘writer, geek and a constant self improver.’ I read her book ‘An Uncertain Faith’ last year and struggled to put it down, so she has been on my authorhit list for sometime.
I do love Allie’s Twitter profile which reads ‘my Twitter activity may sometimes seem all over the place, but that is just how my mind works.’ This reminds me of how I approach Twitter.