Louder, lips speak louder, better back together ~Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Soft Shock
That’s a line from one of my favorite songs of all time – especially the acoustic version. Karen O’s voice is sensual, amazing, and beautiful. And the lyrics – oh do they ever kill me.
Why the quote? Well last night, after working on my book for over ten hours (When I get in the zone, there’s no stopping me – not even for food. That’s why I workout in the morning BEFORE writing), this song came on, and I had an epiphany.
You see, my characters in this book speak entirely too much. They needed to have some action – whether it was chasing each other through the Métro or kissing, something needed to happen.
And kissing…I love writing the kissing bits. In my opinion, lips are better when back together. Kissing is magical, like you’re sharing a bit of your soul with someone. Plus, you can tell a lot about a person by the way they kiss. Is it hesitant? Powerful? Full of longing? Passionate? Indifferent? Teary?
I have my characters kissing for the first time while standing outside a Métro station in Paris’s chilly October air. Both are nervous and that comes out in the way he breathes her in, but keeps his body at a distance from hers. And then there’s her little laugh. It’s first kiss. A sweet kiss. One full of promise and hope.
I also write the other kind of kisses – the good-byes. Those tear at me. Sometimes you don’t even know the kiss is the last one until hindsight, and it’s that reflection that destroys my characters. Those are the ones they ruminate over – could things have gone differently if they knew it was good-bye?
The French have it right: kiss hello and good-bye – because that way you always know where things begin and where they end.
P.S. Here’s the acoustic version of Soft Shock by Yeah Yeah Yeahs