Friday, November 19, 2010

Pucker Up, Sweetheart

Zits by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

So.... I figured out the reason for yesterday's mock mid-life crisis. The scene I've been stalling on in my NaNoWriMo project...

It's a kissing scene.

Let me tell you a little something about me - I HATE writing kissing scenes. They make me blush uncontrollably, sweat profusely, glance around the room as if I'm writing something naughty and everyone can read my mind and is judging me. They force me to flash back on all the first kisses I've had in my life - particularly the FIRST first kiss, which was just plain awkward and a little gross (Note to Boys: Kissing like a lizard is icky for girls. Just sayin' Also, Girls: Kissing like a lizard is probably icky for boys, too. Just sayin' Also: Breath mints, people! BREATH MINTS!)

Now don't get me wrong, I love to kiss. There's even a possibility - one I will neither confirm nor deny - that I was called Marisa Kissy-Face for a time in college (and by "time" I may or may not mean after I'd had a little too much wine). Not to mention I was known as "The Kissy Girl" in my preschool days and, as I was a fast runner at age five, I caught and kissed a lot of boys.

My characters LOVE to kiss and so into the book the kissing scenes go. And, as always, when I come to a kissing scene I balk. I try to move around it, cut to the next scene, but can't. THE KISS MUST HAPPEN. The uncontrollable blushing, profuse sweating, feeling like I'm being judged and awkward kiss flashbacks are a must because my characters aren't satisfied just sitting next to each other and smiling deeply into each others eyes. Believe me, I've tried that. They want lip action and they want it now.

So last night I cranked up my kissing music (Justin Timberlake's My Love because it's just flat out sexy) and got to it.

And guess what? I survived! And my characters are officially happy.

Now on with my book I go!

And for your kissing pleasure:

Happy Friday, folks!



Anonymous said...

Great "kissing" post. I'm not good on sex scenes, or romantic scenes for that matter!

CJ xx

beka said...

I love you.
That is so great...
Nah, I wouldn't exactly be content just staring, smiling deeply into the man's eyes... hahahaha.
Sounds wonderful, dear!

Meeling said...

Great post! Love, love, love the comic strip..too funny!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Glad to hear it! Resistance is a powerful thing. I am thrilled that you beat it!

AlyGatr said...

You make me giggle. I would be far more angst ridden over actually having to kiss than I am writing about it. For the record, your kissing scenes read perfectly kissable, so don't even sweat it! Just as long as you don't resort to Harlequin Romance scenes :)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

First--HOW was I not following your blog???? I swear I thought I was! #Shannonfail

At least I've fixed the problem, and just in time because I loved this post. I'm so with you. I write MG because I feel so awkward writing kissing scenes. I'm sure someday I'll have to write one. And I'm blushing just thinking about it. :D

Also, yes: breath mints people! BREATH MINTS!

A. McBay said...

Glad I'm not the only one to avoid those scenes! You crack me up! I have a sex scene I at first said would never exist and then after realizing how much the book needed it, I have managed to put off writing it. Maybe going back and writing it will get me out of this pit I'm in now... Nah. I'm sure I can put it off until I finish the first draft.

Kearsie said...

Dude. I feel you.

I mean, I don't really *feel* you because that would be harassment.

Also, it's not really harassment because I'm here in the Coloradoes and you're in the Texas. So.

But seriously, I feel you.

Wilvis said...

Kearsie, stop feeling the wife please! Marisa, I got a big fat lizzard kiss for you when I get home and some stale coffee breath!

Kate said...

i don't like writing kissing scenes either, the machanics of it are so awkward. but the emotions are so important! so i usually try to get up into my characters head as fast as possible, if he/she is grosed out by a lizard tongue all the better.

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