Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I love writing make-out scenes, although (strangely enough) I have a hard time reading what I wrote when I'm editing! But, there's just something about writing that first kiss. There are so many emotions and sensations involved, and I think that's the key to crafting a good kiss scene ... using the five senses.

Touching: What is your Main Character feeling - with her hands, her lips, her legs, her skin, her stomach? Are his lips chapped? Is the material of his shirt rough underneath her fingers? Is her stomach rolling? Is the grass itchy beneath her back? You can do so much with the sense of touch!

Hearing: What does your MC hear? Perhaps the little moan escaping the back of his throat, or her sigh. Maybe a soft rain is patting a rhythm on the roof, or there's a jazz song in the background. The sounds can help set your mood, whether it's romantic or intense.

Seeing: If your MC opens his eyes, what does he see? A flush on her cheeks? Her eyelashes fluttering closed? The sights can really create an image in the reader's mind.

Smelling: What does your MC smell? It could be cologne/perfume, the smell of his breath, or even the air around them. The scents add a heightened sense to your reader, drawing them into the scene.

Tasting: What does your MC taste during the kiss? It could be minty, fruity, or something else altogether! The taste adds the last dimension to your scene, fully immersing the reader.

When you tie in all the senses you can prolong the scene without having your characters mashed together in a long ... drawn out ... kiss.

Do you have any other tips for writing a make-out scene?


  1. no! I think you summed it up nicely, and this is a great post. Now I'm sad that JRM already went to work b/c I feel like kissing somebody... c'mere kitty... J/K!!! LOL~ Oh, I would add "stop talking about other (nonsensory) stuff."
    I remember reading one makeout scene where the author went into the MC's head and started thinking all this stuff NOT listed in your post above, and it was very distracting and buzz-killing. Otherwise, great post~

  2. Wonderful tips! Adding in all 5 senses is such an easy way to add power to a scene and yet we often overlook everything but touch and sight.

  3. Nicely put! Using all five senses is a great way to pulll the reader in. Though I don't remember ever using taste before. :)

  4. Phew, give a girl a warning! I can't read this kind of stuff at work :)!

  5. This is excellent. I think a lot of storytellers struggle with this. Not too much, but we need to them the reader enough. Especially with YA. Thanks!!

  6. @LTM, total buzz kill!! I don't want to read a MC who's thinking about her homework the whole time :)

  7. Thanks Ezmirelda, Jessie and RaShelle! Glad you liked the tips :)

  8. LOL JEM! Next time I'll add a NSFW warning :)

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    1. Wonderful tips! Adding in all 5 senses is such an easy way to add power to a scene and yet we often overlook everything but touch and sight.


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