I need Amanda Hugnkiss. (hahaha! Funniest prank name EVER! Okay, fine, I'll leave the middle school slumber party and come back to my mature life. *sigh*)
Seriously, though, I do.
Not a girl named Amanda. Or a man to hug and kiss. Because I already have one of those (hubba hubba!).
But this is the thing: I write most of my romance-y stuff late at night. Reason #1- late at night is when brilliance starts sprouting from my brain uninhibited. Reason #2- late at night I'm not constantly bombarded with "Mommommommommommomcrackercrackercrackertattletattletattletattlepoopoopoopoo!!!" (Because those four words make up kids and their needs in a nutshell, you know.)
Reason #3- I blush like a maniac when I write mushy stuff. If you know me personally, you'll understand that the blushing thing isn't that extraordinary. I'm a career blusher. I turn red even for the sake of other people's embarrassments. My nickname in junior high was The Devil. Yeah.
So one night, Rex was doing homework on the couch and I was typing away and he happened to look up at me and was like, "What are you writing?"
And I was like, "Huh, what?" *blinking in a foggy haze of romance* Then I had to admit that I was writing a kissing part, which is no big deal, right? Because people kiss. And it was just kissing, not even lusty kissing, really really sweet kissing actually, but I was bright red anyway.
Rex gave me his supportive you weirdo look and went on with life. I save my mushy stuff for when he's not around, though.
Now, it should be pointed out that the romance in my stories is not racy by any stretch of the imagination. It focuses mostly on the romantic tension leading up to The First Kiss, and here is where my struggle comes.
Rex is in bed. The house is quiet. And I'm trying to write about two people sitting next to each other, and I need to know if their hands would even actually be able to brush if they're sitting the way they're sitting, or I need to see how an entire sequence would play out and if it would come across as romantic or creepy and awkward.
What's a girl to do? The way I picture it in my mind isn't enough! I want to see it at work! I need proximity! So, I use my throw pillow. I prop it up next to me on the couch, let it's arm casually bump against mine. I let it come 90% and wait as I slowly inch closer...and closer...and closer...
For the record, I've never actually kissed the pillow. Because it's allll about what happens just before, remember? But still, yes, I'm hitting on a pillow. And letting it bust a move on me.
So, I'm curious. What lengths do you go to in making sure your scenes are realistic?