Kiss Scenes 101: How To Write The Perfect Kiss

Anonymous said: Hey there. Not sure what kind of questions you accept but…here goes. Do you have any tips for writing kiss scenes? Not fluffy kiss scenes but really passionate ones. Thanks!

I was hoping to post this on Valentine’s Day, but I got a little busy so it got pushed back. Happy (late) Valentine’s Day, and enjoy!

|| 1 || Detail. Remember that describing a kiss means including more detail than just what is happening and when. Be sure to include description of how the protagonist’s five senses are being affected, as well as some other elements such as:

  • What the protagonist smells
  • What the protagonist tastes
  • What the protagonist hears
  • What the protagonist sees
  • The inner monologue of the protagonist, if the point of view in your story allows it.

|| 2 || Make the kiss(es) realistic. Situational details are a key factor in making the scene more satisfying and memorable. Pay attention to details like the character’s physical characteristics, such as glasses, braces, messy hair, etc. and incorporate those tiny details into the scene.

She turned her head to the left, leaning in to brush her lips against her partner’s, but was interrupted when their noses bumped together, making them both giggle, and the awkwardness fade away.

I mean, sure, that’s not the best example, but at least it’s better than:

Their lips collided, and they made out flawlessly, as if they were in a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Little details like bumping noses, giggling, grinning like an idiot, stumbling, hesitating, etc. can make the scene so much better.

|| 3 || It doesn’t always have to be a full on make out session every time two characters kiss. A lot of the time, kisses are short and sweet and that can be enough to send a substantial spark to the fingers and toes, and send the reader out smiling. Pecks, if only on the cheek, can be more than enough and are extremely underrated.

|| 4 || Pay attention to what your characters do with the rest of their bodies. Kissing is in no way just about the mouth. Keep in mind that most of the time, people don’t just lean forward and mush their faces together. Grab the face, caress the lower back, hold their hand, hell, sweep them off their feet and carry them into the sunset! Don’t just stand there!

|| 5 || Lastly, but not VOCABULARY. Using the right wordage can improve your kiss scene-no, scratch that- ANY SCENE a million times better. I’ve made an entire post on vocabulary and synonyms to use for your sex/kiss scenes {shameless plug} and you can find it: 


|| 6 || Read kiss scenes as a writer would. Read kiss scenes that you’ve enjoyed and nitpick them to find what you do and don’t like about them, adding the good things to your own scene and being wary of the bad. 

And now, here are some extra tips to get you going:

 I. Practice - If you’re in a relationship or have a really great friend {;)}, practice the act and take notes on how it actually feels! A lot of people who read these kiss scenes take it as the reality because some have never kissed anyone, so teach them how it’s done!

II. Know your characters - Would they actually bite their partner’s lip like that? Would they actually go as far as caressing the majestical inner thigh? Think about it.

III. Add elements of the setting - Are your characters standing in the middle of a crowd? In a high school hallway? Elevator? Include details like sounds and smells and lighting to give the reader a more full-sensory experience.

IV. Dialogue can be fun to play with - Kissing doesn’t always have to be silent. Maybe they break for a second to say “You’re so beautiful” or “Did you pop a mint when I wasn’t looking, oh sneaky one?”. Include those little mutterings or comments because they are some of the best parts.

V. Have someone you trust read it - If you’ve got a good friend who will be honest, have them read and suggest edits. Google docs is fantastic for having your friends read and help you edit your work, because you can change the setting to “suggest edits” and you can see everything they’ve suggested without permanently altering the scene.

If you’re not already, here’s why you all should watch Sotus the Series:

QUALITY PLOT: It’s actually very close and true to the novel’s storyline, probably because the author herself was heavily involved in the making of the show as a member of the writing team and being involved of the casting process.

TALENT: All the actors are incredibly talented and truly bring life to the characters, maybe because they were handpicked by the novel’s author herself, maybe because they actually went through the Sotus system themselves in real life or maybe because the two protagonists actually have been friends and went to university together. There are many scenes were very little is said and very much is conveyed by subtle yet strong gestures or facial expressions. There is also a lot of chemistry between all the actors in all scenes.

CULTURAL VALUE: The way the Thai university’s SOTUS system is shown, explained and talked about in the show actually presents the audience with various points of view on the matter. It also gives a well rounded insight into traditional Thai college life as well as the problems and benefits that come with it. So, there’s actual educational and cultural value in it, without forcing any specific point of view onto the audience.

FEMALE REPRESENTATION: Even though it’s a boylove genre storyline, there are many female characters and every single one of them is well developed, positive, relatable and important to the story. There is no antagonism, no emotional limitation, no stereotyping, and no being used merely as a plot device. Every female character is respected and treated as an equal by all other characters. Of all the Thai TV shows that I’ve watched, this is the only show that did that. And, even though industrial engineering statistically is a male dominated profession and course of studies, this show presents the audience with a 50% female student body and university staff.

LGBT REPRESENTATION: Even though Thai media and culture commonly uses effeminate gay male characters for comic relief by ridiculing their manners and ways of speaking, this show never went there. Here, such a character is not only never made fun of, but also fully accepted to be an integral part of the main group of friends. By everybody. There is also a lesbian character, who (in contrast to the stereotypical Thai media representation) has an individual look and characterization and - most importantly - is never ostracized for her orientation by anybody. In addition, she’s actually made the “star” of the year, which would be similar to “prom queen” in Western terms.

REALISM AND RESPECT: While Thai TV commonly portrays love stories by heavily focusing on sexuality instead of emotional intimacy, and by either having the characters touch a lot but never kiss, or only fake kiss (lips not actually touching, actors freezing for several seconds in weird angles) as well as characters crossing personal and physical boundaries without consent, this show did the opposite. There is barely any intimate touching on this show and sexuality isn’t even discussed. There are two real kisses (as both actors decided the characters would benefit from realistic representation). Both kisses are essential to the storyline and they look much more genuine than anything I have ever seen on any other Thai TV show. Also, every single character’s boundaries and emotions are fully respected and considered valid throughout the whole story. By every other character.

Go watch it on the GMMTV YouTube channel, with the official English subtitles:

Here’s a link to the full playlist (so far there’s 12 episodes with official subs, further episodes will be added weekly - there will be 16 in total).

Touken shippers are so blessed

What I love being a Touken shipper the most is that all these while we all wanted to at least see them either:
- Confessing (not necessarily ‘I love you’ but like, ‘you are very precious’ or 'will you stay with me?’)
- Holding hands (the most realistic one)
- Kiss (admit it, even this one is a bit too much of a hope)
- Got married at the end of the series (very typical though)

So the fact that they banged, having babies and got married in the middle of the series is like the wildest dream we could ever have. This is a seinen manga. There is no romance genre albeit we have seen some in NishiKimi, Kuzen/Ukina and Akiramon. So all of these are overwhelming.

If this is a typical shounen trope that has a happy ending we would definitely see them getting married or stay together by the end of the series. But the fact that Ishida is giving us these now, during the middle of the series, means that he either:
- Wants to kill off Kaneki or Touka (or both) but let the child live
- Let the child die to fuck up Touken’s lives more
- Let Kaneki not die a virgin like Hide Let Kaneki at least found happiness before he dies tragically
- The child become the protagonist for the next series

Let’s just enjoy these moments of overflowing happiness. We are one of the most blessed shippers in non-romance fandom. Thank you Ishida. You’re a good man.

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Originally posted by blackbayheart

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It got him two months to do it. I’ve never thought a rude man like him could kiss someone so sweetly. I was being pressed against the couch and his lips filled mine with anger but at the same time caution almost as I could break, like a porcelain doll. But suddenly the heat from our bodies was replaced by the need to breathe and everything grew with the restraint of remembering this was my first kiss.

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punkassplonker  asked:

Imagine the Host is unable to see Dr iplier because hes busy with work, so to pass the time he starts softly narrating to himself about being with doctor, how he feels wrapped up in the hosts arms, running fingers gently through his hair, pressing gentle kisses to his cheek and forehead. Except he doesnt realise hes causing the doctor to feel this so when the host eventually goes 'screw it im gonna go see him', he finds the doctor in some sort of happy trance all warm and soft with a (1/2)

goofy smile on his face, hair messy and kinda scribbling over his paperwork (and a little flustered from all the invisible host smooches) (sorry that was really long but all ive sent you is angsty asks so i wanted to send a happy one, and happy graduation!) (2/2)

My god this is cute!!

Dr. Iplier’s maybe trying to get some paperwork done when suddenly there’s the feeling of a familiar pair of arms around him, comforting and warm. And maybe he feels a soft breath against his ear, the soft brush of lips against his skin. His cheeks flush as he imagines the Host’s deep, growling voice, the feeling of his long fingers in his hair.

He isn’t sure what’s going on but he’s not going to argue against a strange, hyper realistic daydream about gently kissing his boyfriend. So that’s how the Host finds him, starry-eyed and blessed out, papers scattered about and abandoned on his desk.

The Host, of course, feels a little embarrassed to have actually affected Dr. Iplier like this but he reassures him it was pleasant and sweet (and maybe Dr. Iplier feels a little warm because the Host thinks about him while he’s away)

And my god im in love with this concept

anonymous asked:

this just occurred to me: azrien for the domestic hc??? nothing with elain ever happened, can you make my dream come true for cauldron's sake?? PLEaSe


  • Who’s the first to wake up in the morning:
    Azriel. He subsequently likes to wake Lucien up in… creative ways. (They have established this beforehand. Always get consent, kids.) This makes Lucien very happy and not at all inclined to get out of bed.
  • Who’s the one to make breakfast:
    Neither. Cassian occasionally comes over and just shakes his head at the severe Lack of Food in their house because they both have coffee for breakfast (Lucien’s black, Azriel’s with the entire sugar bowl in it, don’t tell anyone or he’ll have to kill you.)
  • Who’s the one to serve the other breakfast in bed:
    this is where I have to prevent myself from making innuendos concerning my first headcanon up there ^
  • Who would suggest a quickie in the morning before work:
    too late apparently (It’s Lucien and Azriel’s like “shit I did my work too well” only haha that was his intention all along)
  • Who suggests they both ditch work to lay around all day:
    Lucien. The lazy fox. He doesn’t like what “work” does to Az. He likes when they just lie around the house all day. The further from torturing someone Az gets, the more he relaxes, and the more he eats, and the more snuggly he is. (And then he probably goes into withdrawal… no no only happy fluff headcanons here moving on)
  • Who chooses the movies:
    Lucien. He likes critiquing the photography. Az likes critiquing the realism. (”It’s a movie, Az! Who cares if it’s realistic?”)
  • Who initiates kissing during the moving, thus distracting the other from the movie all together:
    Azriel. His primary purpose in life seems to be to distract Lucien, and he is certainly very good at it. Lucien usually abandons the movie without a second thought and responds eagerly.
  • Who orders lunch:
    Lucien. Though he was very wary of Night Court food at first, since it was so different from what he was familiar with in Spring and Autumn.
  • Who steals food from the other’s plate without asking:
    Lucien. Az gets concerned about him sometimes, that he’s too thin. Sometimes Az will actually scrape some of his food onto Lucien’s plate. Lucien rolls his eyes and says that he’s fine, but then eats everything and Az looks relieved.
  • Who curls up next to the other and falls asleep due to a full tummy:
    Both. listen. I just want them to be happy and well-fed and well-adjusted and not sad anymore NO MORE SADS FOR EITHER OF THEM
  • Who distracts the other from trying to work at home:
    Azriel. The master of distraction. Of course. Though it’s not his fault Lucien is so easily distractable.
  • Who asks to go get ice cream like a five year old:
    Lucien. Azriel tells him no but then brings a pint of ice cream home that evening. Lucien is delighted.
  • Who takes pictures of their partner eating ice cream:
    Lucien. To use as blackmail, obviously. That camera will mysteriously disappear the next day…
  • Who makes a sexual joke about the dripping ice cream on their partner’s face:
    Azriel. Okay, okay, it’s not so much a joke as it is a physical innuendo involving Azriel’s tongue and Lucien going very red and stammery because he’s great when he’s the one doing the flirting but when it’s the other way around he falls apart.
  • Who cooks dinner:
    Neither. They order dinner. Every night. No cooking necessary.
  • Who cleans up the kitchen afterwards:
    Azriel. If by that you mean wash two forks and put the containers in the trash. Since Lucien is a spoiled lordling. (jk jk I love you Lucien but it’s true)
  • Who stays up until 2 reading:
    Azriel. He can see in the dark. And he doesn’t sleep a lot anyways. Though it gets a bit tricky when Lucien manages to climb on top of him in his sleep. (Lucien denies this. It does no good.)
  • Who stares at their partner while their sleeping:
    Azriel. He will literally stare at Lucien for hours. Although the same is true of Lucien. They just love looking at each other. The Inner Circle has had to get used to entire meetings where Lucien and Az just… blatantly stare at each other the entire time. And of course, they’re both thinking, “wow. my boyfriend is so beautiful. how tf did I get this lucky.”
  • Who kisses their partner while they sleep:
    see my answer for the first headcanon ;) ;) ;)

the thing about writing a ship is like y’all realize there are aspects that AREN’T supposed to be realistic, right? this was something i learned way back in the day when i watched how i met your mother and i realized the writers had no clue how to keep barney and robin together and make it interesting and engaging. the thing that worked with barney and robin was the almost-maybe-will they-won’t they aspect of it. once they got together and stayed together, their relationship grew stale and boring. and that’s not to say it couldn’t have been interesting and well done, but the writers, in my opinion, sort of failed in that regard. where they succeeded with marshall and lily, they dropped the ball with barney and robin.

that stupid show is the reason why i’m very conscious of how i write ships and especially how i write slow burn. i don’t want to have all this build-up, chapters and chapters of build-up, only to get the two characters together and have them be constantly together all the time and everything is perfect and then you get bored of their relationship. or maybe bored isn’t the right word for it; it’s more just like you’re accustomed to them being together so it doesn’t feel like a big deal anymore. 

like, when an author only has the ship kiss once every three chapters, then i’m going to cling to those kisses with all i’ve got. i’m going to cherish those kisses and get a tingly feeling inside when i read those kisses. if the characters kissed every paragraph, i’d get used to it pretty quickly and then it wouldn’t feel special anymore. is it more realistic to kiss a lot? probably. is it better storytelling? debatable. 

there is of course a place for these characters fuck all the time!!! fuck for four chapters straight!!!! nothing but sex!!!! but there’s also a place for gentle touches and small gestures and refraining from constantly touching each other. 

is any of what i’m describing “realistic”? probably not. but sometimes you have to sacrifice realism for the sake of good narrative engaging storytelling, and hopefully you do it well enough that the audience suspends their disbelief and forgives you for not writing something 100 percent realistic. 

anonymous asked:

Dare to Dream/Jealousy Incarnate is a really good drama to watch! The leads are all super likeable. I'm in love with the leading female character tbh. She's a weather woman who has liked this news anchor for like..a decade. During a work related trip she meets his best friend who automatically likes her, which starts to upset her coworker. Unfortunately he becomes sick but she takes care of him and hides his secret. The kisses are realistic and it's a slowburn with a lot of payouts in the end!

This sounds incredible. omg Thank you for telling me! I’m going to look this up later when I have time! hehe

Favorite things in no particular order:
- Wynonna beating up douchebags while Mercedes is watching with complete heart eyes, ‘what a crazy bitch’
- Waverly’s inner demon / gooverly is clearly up to no good but really likes shiny things like what a hilarious and adorable and relatable demon
- Nicole’s super super realistic reaction to Waverly kissing her in public in uniform
- Nicole having her own plot line / becoming the moral center of the show
- Nedley playing the long game
- Wynonna sticking up for Waverly but also calling her out on shit

Ficlet: Trick of the Light (T)

An episode tag for ‘Worst Case Scenario’, written to two dialogue prompts: “Is there a reason you’re naked in my bed?” and “I’m going to need you to put on some clothes before you say anything else.“

“Computer, freeze program!”

As the computer chirped obligingly, she realised her mouth was hanging open and closed it with a snap. Her hands went automatically to her hips as she stared at the unbelievable sight before her.

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Four, three, two, love God!
Listen up y'all, this church is amazing
The Lord’s prayers are best suited to men hooked on bibles!
Jesuslicious definition makes those pastors loco
They want to know the secrets that the Lord can’t even fathom.
Dyin’ just to know the prayers
I ain’t doin’ them no favors
No reasons why I tease
Their faith just comes and goes like seasons.
I’m jesuslicious (so faithlicious)
No, I don’t do those sins
And if you read any excerpts 
All that stuff is realistic 
I blow kisses (mwah!)
Don’t matter if we’re just bible buddies
Pastors be lining down the church for a chance to read the bible
(Four, three, two, love God.)
So delicious (super sweet)
So delicious (freaking’ adoragodlovesyou!)
So delicious (even Robert wants a piece o’ it)
I’m jesuslicious (l-l-l-l-like bibles, bibles)

DeanCas Coda to 11x06: Our Little World.



Castiel looks back at the screen, re-settling on his chair. His fingers itch and he’s beginning to sweat, but he keeps his eyes front, praying to get lost in the frivolity he’s currently indulging in. He can’t see those things if he’s numbly invested and immersed in—

“Aw man, not this again.” Like he owns the space, Dean swaggers into the room and frowns at the screen, shaking his head. “Cas, c’mon, man, we’ve talked about this: Game of Thrones! Breaking Bad! What happened to The Wire?”

Cas shrugs, refusing to meet green eyes. “I decided to take a break.”

“A break?” Dean asks, incredulous. “So you could binge this crap?”

“If you don’t like it, you can leave.”

A frown. “No,” Dean replies stubbornly. He throws himself onto Castiel’s bed, making himself at home and squinting at the TV. It’s silent for a blessed few moments before the hunter is speaking again: “So, uh, what’s with the cold shoulder?”

At this, Cas does turn, but Dean is staring resolutely at the television. Fine. “How long have we known each other, Dean?” He knows he sounds testy, but Castiel honestly can’t help it—Dean Winchester can be so incredibly frustrating.

Green eyes meet blue, the former’s brows raising in confusion. “Uh… ‘bout eight years. Why?”

“Eight years,” Cas repeats. His fingers dig into the wooden arms of his chair. “In all that time, do you not think I’ve learned to tell if you’re lying?”

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