K is for Kiss
As my fellow blogger Leandra Wallace once wisely noted, kisses are one of the most common acts you'll find in a love story - and yet they're one of the hardest things to write. This seems counter-intuitive - what's so hard about describing two people pressing their lips together? - but as soon as you think about it, you realize that it's true.
The first problem is that you can only say, "they kissed," or ""she kissed me," or even "he pressed his lips to hers" so many times before you start to feel like a broken record (am I dating myself by using that metaphor??) It gets hard to be creative after a while, and there's always a danger of getting, well, weird when trying to creatively describe two people touching their body parts to each other (and that previous sentence is a great example of that creepiness. *shudders*)
The second problem, though, and the bigger one for this WIP, is that you also need to infuse each kiss with meaning, especially that all-important first kiss... And I have six lifetimes going, with six or more different love affairs, which means at least four first kisses, and boy is it going to be challenging to make them all sound, not to mention be, as important, and as different, as they need to be.
So I'm practicing writing kisses these days. I'll spare you and won't post any examples, but let's just say most of them are fairly awful. It also occurs to me that writing is a really, really weird job sometimes...