Here is a gorgeous video from YouTube combining the Celtic Woman song The Voice with scenes of Aragorn and Arwen. Thanks, Inez, for pointing this one out.
Um, yes. This is most definitely a kissing book.
I finally wrote Finn and Annie’s love scene this weekend. I thought it would be easy, they’ve been waiting the whole novel to be together without some disaster or another interrupting them, and the story had built up a nice amount of sensual tension. To my surprise, however, with the story conflicts finally over, and nothing to keep them apart, writing their reward love scene was remarkably hard. But it’s done, and I’m happy.
(Annie and Finn were very pleased as well. lol)
You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.
Oh plunge me deep in love — put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.
Sara Teasdale, I Am Not Yours (1884-1933)
Part of the intrigue of a romance is the sensual tension between the hero and heroine. Two individuals struggling to merge into one couple, yet retain singularity. We want them to be happy with each other, but if they find that meeting of minds and hearts too soon, our story is over.
Our couple needs to be at odds with one another not only in the world of the external plot, but in their relationship journey. They are on a life altering path, whether they know it or not, they are not likely at the same stage of readiness for this venture, and they will be risking their hearts, and perhaps even their lives. In fantasy and paranormal this merging can go even deeper, to an actual permanent psychic and/or physical melding of minds or souls or even lifeforce.
Writing Prompt: Write sensual scene or love scene where hero and heroine are not at the same point in their romantic journey and where the scene brings them closer, yet will leave them pulling apart in greater conflict. Remember, love scenes are more than the physical act. Give the reader their thoughts and emotions. Evoke mood, use the senses.
When writing a conflicted love scene, do you find it easier to be in the hero’s or heroine’s viewpoint?