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:
The writer has been cleverly building the romantic tension between their main characters. Both characters have been playing what I like to call ‘flirty games’ for a chapter or so (lots of giggling, eye contact, lip biting and playing with hair) and now it is time for them to kiss. The writer takes a deep breath and dives straight into writing the first kiss.
Once finished the writer sits back and casts their eye over what they have written. Below is a list of different writer reactions to the kissing scene:
*Dreamy facial expression followed by a gaze out of the window*
“Yuk that sounds gross!” – the writer looks away in disgust.
“Calm down – it’s not like he’s the last man on Earth!” *rolls eyes at female character*
“Would it be that intense and passionate on a first kiss?” *chews end of pencil and deliberates*
*Mischievous wink at a passing loved one*
“Where did you learn to kiss like that?” *raises eyebrows at male character*
“I am going to have to spend all day rewriting this particular scene..”
“Hang on let me just think about head angles here…”
“Yep…that did it for me!” *reaches for electric fan*
“You are wasted on her!” *Seductive look at male character*
“I think he will need to pop a mint before kissing her….that packet of Scampi Fries he devoured earlier won’t smell great!”
“I think I need to get out more!”
“Don’t kiss him and then eyeball the cute minor character…for goodness sake this is a serious piece of fiction!” *rolls eyes at female character*
If any of my readers have any other writer reactions that they would like to share – leave me a comment 🙂