The Rising Book Tour

The Rising extended version will soon be going on book tour. If you’d liketo feature it or have me do a guest post for you, please feel free to contact me using the form above.

But I also wanted to share one of my favorite tools for book tours. I’ve shared several tools for helping you set up a good blog tour, but I’ve never had a tool as amazing as Silver Dagger Scriptorium!

It’s a free website that let’s bloggers join a e-mail list that will send them almost daily updates of new books that need to be featured, reviewed, or have a guest post shared. I’ve been using it to help my Independent Books blog. I get all my books from this e-mail list now.

But it’s not just for bloggers of course; authors can sign up too! It’s simple, easy, and fun. As I said, as a blogger I get all my books to review and feature on my sites from these e-mail updates.

To join the list of bloggers just sign up using this form: Master List Sign-up

If you want to sign-up as an author go here: Book a Tour

Now, for Authors you’re going to want to know that it’s not exactly free, but you choose what you pay. The people who run it work off of ‘tips’ but they do a better job explaining it on the link. You also can pay for better quality tours. I’ve only ever used the free one and paid what I thought it was worth at the end. But these tours are well worth it! So give it a try risk free!

IT’S THE BEST TOOL FOR BOOK TOURS!

The Art Work of Audiobooks

I won’t lie, this past week my writing time and life has been sucked up by making this audiobook. I never knew it would be so much fun! I have shared this before, but my younger days were hard reading days, but I still loved stories.

Audiobooks became my fix. The words I didn’t know on the page were read aloud for me, so I just memorized the shapes of the words instead of the words and letter themselves. If it wasn’t for this marvel, I likely wouldn’t have manged to say in books very long.

Because of this, I appreciate audiobooks more than most. The amazing work of Jim Dale, David Tennant, Jorjeana Marie, and many others filled my childhood and influenced me as a writer and an actor. There is a magic to the audiobooks that nothing else is quite like.

Audiobooks are hardly seen as their own art work. For most its a way to enjoy a book while driving or working out. It’s a great tool. But an art work?

Yes, it is an artwork: a collaborative one. It’s the middle ground between making the book into a movie and the written word. We still use the words of the book, but an actor (or many in some audiobooks) bring the characters to live in our ears.

Never disregard the power of an audiobook. For those publishing books, an audiobook shows more credible and readership if it’s made into one. It gives new life and excitement to the world and characters. There are some books I just can’t enjoy reading because the narrator of the audiobook makes a better artwork for me to enjoy. (Meaning I just enjoy his artwork better than the other version. Like liking the book better than the movie, even when both are amazing.)

After enjoying this amazing medium and learning how it works, I’m excited to join this world as a writer and soon-to-be narrator. Not just for my work either. I’m going to set up working with other amazing freelance writers and authors to get more of their amazing works up in the audiobook world.

After all, every book deserves to be able to reach it’s perfect reader and some can only reach them through the magic of audiobooks.

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Great Resource for Working Writer’s

Worried about finding a job? Struggling to make it on your writing job? If so, I’ve found a great resource for you! This useful website has many articles that help me write better. It’s a sign designed to help English Major’s find success in the work force. It’s An English Major’s Guide.

But it’s AMAZING for freelance writer’s too! I’ve found several articles and tips that have been helpful to my work.

So this week I thought I’d share it with you. Frankly, no matter what kind of job you want, there are articles for you on this site. So if you worried about getting a job or making it as a freelance writer, this website is for you!

Product Peel: The Best New Social Media Site for Finding and Making Reviews

Reviews are key for helping your book gain success. But sometimes finding those people to help you get reviews and make connections is hard. I’ve found a new, unique, social media site that can help you get your reviews noticed by connecting with other reviews to get your own reviews.

What It Is

Product Peel is a new review website. Now I know what you might be thinking. There are hundreds of these all over the internet. What makes this one different? Let me tell you. It’s all about networking!

Product Peel’s business model is all about making reviews a social venture. Amazon is FULL of people who are paid to review, post fake reviews, or the reviews just haven’t answered all the questions we have. Product Peel seeks to fix that.

The advantage is that you can follow other reviewers and use the comments to connect. The purpose of the comment section is for reviewers to ask each other questions about their work, make connections, and learn about the product together. So the more you review and use the comments to ask others for reviews, the more reviews you are likely to get.

Now you’re right if you’re thinking Amazon has the same feature. People ‘answer’ your questions. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found those answers are hallow and hardly helpful. On Product Peel, you’re sure to get your questions answered more fully. The staff on the website are dedicated to helping you find the product you want. If the reviewer doesn’t answer, the staff will. And the staff isn’t paid by any company or product to help theirs sell. Product Peel’s only job is to help you have all the information you need to decide what product is right for you.

How Does It Help My Sales?

Wait! Hold up! I thought this is a blog about books and writing them, right? How does this help us? In SO many ways!

The website has a section for books! A section hardly touched! Because the website is so new, there aren’t ANY book reviews up! So as the website builds steam, who’s books are they going to see first? YOURS! You can make your own account for free and review your own book! (You will likely want to note you wrote it) Then connect to other reviewers (Called peelers on the website) to make new connections, get your books reviewed, and others will be able to review and buy your work!

I already tried this, and I’ve gotten a few book sales from it! It’s simple and easy. The more you socialize with other people on the page, the more you’re noticed, and the more new fans are going onto your website to buy your book.

Get a Featured Peel

The best part is when you get your book reviewed by a featured peeler. A featured peeler is someone the website works with to make higher quality content. Those featured peels get more attention, more views, and more clout. It’s pretty hard to find who the featured peelers are, but if you can, first you’ll want to follow them. Then see if you can get their contact information from their profile page.

If they like your book enough, and it fits the theme for an upcoming week. (The website has themes each week that the featured peelers peel about. So you’ll want to keep an eye on that too), they’ll write a featured peel about your book and post it to the site. Again, I’ve already gotten a few sales off this simple trick!

How Do You Sign Up!

Just go to productpeel.com and click ‘log in’ at the top ribbon. You can use your e-mail and a password, or connect it to your Facebook, Twitter, or Linked in account. Then that’s it! You’re in! The next thing you’ll want to do is add me! You do that by looking up my name “R.M. Donaldson” in the search bar and my profile should come up. Then hit follow. Once I see it, I’ll follow you back. (Promise)

Then start peeling! See what the theme is on the home page and review any books you like that fit the theme, or any other product you like.

Again, the whole point of this is to help you find new followers in new ways. By being a reviewer on Product Peel, you are able to come in contact with people who might not ever see your book otherwise. It’s free, quick, and simple. Plus, if you’re a freelance writer too, you can add those peels to your portfolio, and who knows, if you post enough, you may get asked to become a featured peeler.

So give it a try! I promise you won’t regret it!

(Disclaimer: I am already a featured peeler on this site. That’s why I’m SO excited about it. So if you want me to peel about your book, shoot me a message and we’ll see if I can fit it in with any of the themes that come up. I’ve already seen book sales working regularly on Product Peel and I KNOW you will too! Also, if you could shoot me a message saying you found the site through me, it would help me a lot.)

 

 

A Time to Write: Guest Post

I’m excited to share this post by my new writing friend! Let me tell you guys, it’s worth the effort to reach out and make these AMAZING connections. Enjoy!

A Time to Write

By Hope Ann

‘If something is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.’ The saying is old but true for almost every area of life, including writing.

There is so much business in life now days. Whether you’re in high school, collage, have a job, have several jobs, or are simply busy with life in general, not many of us have an abundance of spare time. And for those with a desire to write, even sitting down and concentrating on moving thoughts from mind to paper can be a challenge, never mind editing and publishing. Sometimes the thought of completing a book seems impossible. It’s not. Hard, maybe. But such a task is doable. The key to getting writing done, no matter how much time you have, is resolve.

If you want to write, resolve to write no matter what it takes. It all starts with the mental attitude; with setting a goal and then reaching that goal. Yes, it can be hard. But it’s called determination. It’s called character. And if you decide writing isn’t quite that important to you, that’s perfectly fine. Knowing that it is a hobby to start with will cut down on stress later if you’re not getting much done. If writing is a passion for you, however, then set your mind to it. Make it important. And simply do it.

But willpower is all very well; what about time? The answer is simple. Make it.

Almost everyone has something that you can condense or cut to give you a little extra time. Perhaps this calls for getting up ten minutes earlier, or foregoing a game or staking out some of the time you might normally spend on social media or reading a book. Perhaps you can write during a lunch break. Or make sure you’re focused while studying so you can afford to break off fifteen minutes earlier than normal. Granted, there may be occasions where there really is no time. But, if something is important, there is almost always a way to fit it in.

Along with making time, a second aid to getting writing done is deadlines. A deadline is a tool, not an enemy. It gives you an idea of how you are doing and helps relax the mind. There are all types of deadlines. You might resolve to write half a page a day. Or edit two chapters a week. Or research one publishing house (or self-publishing tactics) each day for a set time.

Make sure your deadlines are reasonable. You want them to help you, not to be another source of stress. And remember, even small amounts of consistent writing build up quicker than you’d expect. Five hundred words a day equal about three and a half pages a week which equal around fifteen pages a month and over ninety thousand words a year; long enough for a good size novel if you’re writing fiction or several e-books if you’re writing ‘how-to’ nonfiction.

Another plus with deadlines is that is you can encourage yourself if you are getting ahead. You can even write an extra few hundred words a few days ahead so you can take a day off without feeling guilty. Even writers with lots of time would benefit from setting themselves deadlines.

After making time and setting deadlines, make sure you make the most of your time.

Don’t waste the time set apart to write by letting your mind drift to other topics. Turn off your phone and e-mail. Sitting down one afternoon before starting your project to outline the article, story, or book, can also speed up your writing greatly because you don’t have to struggle with what comes next when you actually sit down to write.

Another tip you could make use of is speaking your book into a phone or recorder while driving or working, then simply type in what you’ve said later, or use a program to do it for you. This can drastically cut down on writing time, letting you ‘write’ a book in several hours (depending on the length).

If you’re in a noisy setting, learn how to focus on your writing. Listening to music helps me greatly with this, especially when I have several young siblings running back and forth. I’ve also learned how to switch from normal life to writing almost instantly. I don’t have to write for half-an-hour to get into the story.

Finally, write even when you don’t want to. All writers have days when they don’t want to write, but if one wrote only when they felt like it, it could take forever to get something done. Those are the days willpower is the most important. But you want to enjoy yourself to. Reward yourself for deadlines completed or mile markers in the book accomplished. Meet with other writers. Encourage each other. Have word wars, word races, or race against your own past records.

It doesn’t matter if you’re crushed for time or have endless amounts of it; writing is work. It is exciting. It is hard. It is thrilling. And it is so worthwhile. But in the end, it’s down to you. How much does it mean to you? Do you really want to write? Are you willing to do what it takes to get it done? If you are, make time, set deadlines, keep moving even when you don’t want to.

And write.

 

Hope Ann is a bow wielding, knife throwing, pen brandishing Christian authoress. Her favorite genres to read are write are fantasy and futuristic fiction. You can follower her at writinginthelightpublishing.com

 

Guest Post – Why I Love Developing Chractors

I’m REALLY excited to share this guest post with you guys from my friend J. S. Strange. His new book “Winter Smith: London is Burning.” came out today!  You can check out his blog on his website. Other media links and information can be found at the end of the blog.

So, without further ado, “Why I Love Developing Characters”.


Developing characters for a story is just as important as having a good plot. Your characters should drive your story. A book grows and functions on two things – a gripping story and gripping characters.

My favourite thing to do as a writer is create and develop my characters. I explore everything about them – their age, their likes and dislikes, their thoughts, their feelings, their opinions, sexualities, etc. I always aim to write characters that are flawed, different and relatable.

Even the scariest character I write needs to be flawed and even somewhat relatable. I want someone to read my novels and identify with at least one character in the book. If they don’t, then I haven’t done my job.

Everyone has a story to tell, some bigger than others, and that is no different when writing fictional characters. Whilst it’s great to develop a character and have them tell a story, you’ve got to keep in mind that this character’s story arc has to be central to the plot. You need to keep your story moving, and too much character development is distracting.

There are characters in my debut zombie novel that have personalities, but it’s the main characters that people know the most about. Take my character, Winter Smith, for example. Her parents were poor, but after hard work they built their business and became rich and famous. Winter was then thrust in to the limelight, where she doesn’t want to live. Whilst this isn’t about zombies, like my novel is, it adds depth to Winter. You know the life she led, and you know why she acts and thinks like she does. It adds that little bit more depth, and interest to who Winter is. You want to know why she hates attention. You want to know why she doesn’t get along with her parents. It doesn’t take away from what is happening in the story, but it adds to it and creates a relatable and realistic world.

You should always develop your characters. You could consider adding in their mannerisms. You could even mention scars they have. You could even set them up a small back-story – do they flinch from a touch? Is there a smell they hate? Little things like that make the character real. It takes a 2D character and makes them 3D.

As a writer, we need to make characters that are relatable. Everyone needs to know or at least met one of your characters before, in a different setting. You want someone to say, ‘Oh, the character in the book I’m reading reminds me of you!’ You don’t want someone to read your book and decide they can’t relate to the characters you’ve spent awhile writing.

What’s your favourite thing about being a writer?


Jack Strange is an author from the UK, who writes under the pen name J. S. Strange. His debut novel, ‘Winter Smith: London’s Burning’ is out now. Twitter: @JackSamStrange www.jsstrange.com Facebook: J.S. Strange

We Write When We’re Not Writing

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Alright, so we’re writers right? We should always be writing.

Well, sometimes you just can’t write. I just went through a hard two weeks where I was sick or out of town so much I hardly had a moment to write what I truly loved.

Does that mean for two weeks I wasn’t a writer? No, it just meant I did my work in other ways.

Writers and authors are working on their craft often in more than one way. During my time away, I had a unique experience to follow a talented writer around for several hours. What I learned was, writers are always writers. Writers are always working on their craft even when away from the keyboard or writing pad.

writing-1eiva5mHow so? Well, what else does it take to write a book? Yes, we have to write it. But you also have to create it in your mind. That is the key I learned from him. Starting a second job, as supplement to my school and freelance writing, I feared I’d lose the time I wanted for my passion writing.
But I can do it all the time! This is a precious idea we need. How do we use it? Stories are key to our work. We can’t write a novel or a short story without… well a story. We can’t do it without characters, plots, emotions, ect. And we can find that in our lives. At work, what connections do we see that inspire us? Would our main character stand like that? Why or why not? Develop your thoughts.

We should carry a notebook. We all know that, but why don’t we carry a mental notebook. Life is a story. So let’s use that story to build our story. So even if we’re sick, our computer is down, or we hurt our hand so we can’t write. We can make words still. They have to start in the mind after all.

So what do you when you can’t write? You create anyway.

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How to Keep Focused on Your Current Writing

the_book_of_magic_by_tomhotovy-d49xnlnToday, I wanted to share an interesting thought. So I’ve been working on my current series, but a second series has been bubbling in my mind, slowly forming. Which is great, expect my current project needs to be finished before the second can really get going. The second project keeps taking up my thoughts and makes it very hard to work on my current series to finish book two and start book three. Now, I’m sure I am not the only writer who has this problem.

Come on, raise of hands, show them in the comments.

Now, I have a trick that has helped me stay on target. It might be the most fun thing to do, but it is the most affective I’ve seen. So brace yourself. It may not be fun, but it will be worth it.

clip art bookLet’s start with the new story. What is it about the story that inspires you? What inspired the new idea? Was it a genre? A character, a show you enjoy, maybe a place you go to, most likely a new book you read? Think of any of those things that inspire you to come up with your story. Have them pictured, great.

Now think back, likely further back, what did you love about your first story? When was it inspired? What inspired it? What pieces came together to make it? Just like you did with the first one. Do you have it in your mind? Perfect!

Alright, now take a pen and paper, or a keyboard and a screen, however you keep your writing notes, even on your phone. (I personally love using windows OneNote on phone and computer, that is transcribed from my pocket notebook.) Make a page for each story and write them both down, add pictures, or quotes, or whatever you like to help you capture the feeling of each story.

Now the hard part. Avoid what is on the pages about your new story. So if it’s a show you liked. Don’t watch it until the old story is done. I know that’s hard, but here is the trick to make it easier, remember I asked you to do both stories? Now take your list from your current project.

EMESRSE YOURSELF IN THOSE THINGS! Those books, those movies, those shows that inspired that original story. Then you will be excited and want to work on the original story. Then when the other story comes up, and the ideas flow, write them down at once, then let him rest while the first story goes on. Then both will have them time and be done well.

So, I’ll share my problem. My current book (set to come out at the end of the year) is a fantasy genre. Which I absolutely loved. My other favorite genre is dystopian Young Adult. Has been since I was a kid. And as we all know (Unless you’ve been living away from movie theaters, new books and social media in general), dystopian books have become very popular. Many of the books I liked as a kid have been coming out as movies and becoming popular again.

Which I’ve loved, but keeps giving me idea for my own story that fits into the genre. Which is awesome! However, makes it hard to finish my current project. So sadly, I won’t go see Mockingjay Part 2 in theaters. Which is sad, but by the time my other book is done, I can do a Hunger Games marathon. I am still behind on reading (And haven’t seen any of the films) of the Divergent series. Which is SO HARD! I love those kind of books, but I have to go through them slowly or I’ll lose my current magic.

Vector challenge messageSo as I said, a painful system, but it works great. So for all of you who also struggle, I would challenge you to try the system. Give it a go. You never know how well it can go. I know for me it’s been great. It can be hard, but it works wonders.

The Antimony of a Kiss for Your Average Romance Novelist – Part 2

French Kisses Romantic and Passionate Kisses with Tongue 2If you missed the first part, please check it out before reading this one. Part 2 relies heavily on the reader having already read Part 1. You can find Part 1 here: The Antimony of a Kiss for Your Average Romance Novelist

So last time we talked about the ‘single’ kiss, closed mouth kiss and pure kiss. Today we’re going to talk about French kisses and open mouth kisses. I choose those two to be in a separate post for this reason. The other kisses were not as intimate. I will warn you now, both of these kisses come with a rather sexual connotation. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. We also are going to talk about which lip the character chooses to kiss.

canstock19069683So let’s start with the French kiss. I know we’re all so excited for that one. The French Kiss is a much more passionate kiss. It starts out as your basic pure kiss. Then Character A instigates the French kiss by starting to touch Character B’s lips with his or her tongue. Then if all goes well, character A pushes his tongue into character B’s mouth and character B will press back with his or her own tongue.

Yeah, it sounds hot just putting into words. This kiss really helps start up a more intimate scene. It often marks the start of a more serious, (or at least more physically intimate) relationship.

The kisser who starts this is the bolder character, the more active one. The character with a deeper desire for closeness.

I also find that the character who starts a French kiss first is the quieter one in the relationship. I love using it like this, because it shows you the deeper power they have hidden inside. It also helps that character come off as sexier. If he or she starts this out, what else will they start?

You also find this kiss is used to seduce a character in a fake relationship. It can arouse powerful emotions and if you’re not careful, they can run away with you. The character trying to deceive will use the passion to cover up the lack of real love or distract his or her partner.

Like with most of the kisses, the French kiss is full of opposites. It either means a stronger, more powerful relationship, or the it’s full of lies and tricks. It makes it a fun kiss for that reason. A powerful tool to show your reader what is happening rather than telling.

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The second kiss is the open mouth kiss. There are few ways to understand this kiss.

  1. 1. It is another name for the ‘pure’ kiss, as we talked about last time. This is a more common usage. I choose not to use in when talking about the ‘pure’ kiss however because it has other meanings.
  2. 2. The second meaning is much alluring. In fact, you won’t really see it outside a scene that has that hint of passion. This is the repeated, passionate kissing. It is sometimes called an open mouth kiss because the mechanics are pretty much the same as a ‘pure’ kiss, but it is a bit softer, because you don’t press as much and because, as you are repeating the action over and over very quickly, your mouth stays open the whole time. It may or may not involve some tongue.
  3. The same as the closed mouth kiss, but mouth is held a bit open, making the lips softer. This also is more intimate. So those kisses on the neck, the ones that leave lovely little marks, those are also called open mouthed kisses.

clip-art-kissing-688012Now we have all three kisses that share the name of opened mouthed, we will talk about meanings 2 and 3, as we talked about the first meaning in Part 1.

When you use the second meaning, the couple in question has clearly indicated they are ready for more than just kissing, at the very least there will be some cuddling, if not more. If you want to make a scene hint at more passionate, use this. It really has no other use, but it’s helpful to know that it can be called the open mouthed kiss, because it also helps the reader recognize they are more relaxed and more open with each other. Any of the open mouthed kisses hint at being open or free with each other.

The third is to show it isn’t just a warm kiss. Your grandmother will kiss you on the cheek, but if someone places an open mouthed kiss on your cheek, they are either a baby who doesn’t know better, mentally a baby, or her or she wants something more from you.

Therefore, saying, “he kissed me on the cheek with an open mouth” tells you there is something more passionate going on. That is really the key with all the ‘open mouthed’ kisses. Any kiss that is open mouth is more intimate.

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The last thing we are going to talk about is very short, but telling if you want to foreshadow or hint at a character trait or relationship status.

Which lip do they choose to kiss? Unless they are doing the single kiss, you pick either the upper or lower lip to hold between your own.

A character who picks the upper lip is either

  1. Taller than his or her partner
  2. Thinks highly of themselves and should be elevated
  3. My personal favorite, feels uplifted by their connection with the partner, so shoots high
  4. If he or she is shorter, they are using it as an excuse to lean closer to their partner.

A character who picks the lower lip is either

  1. Shorter than his or her partner
  2. Is nervous, so doesn’t aim too high
  3. Again, C is my favorite, is so honored and humbled to be with this person they want all they can get
  4. If her or she is taller, they want to pull in their partner to keep them safe and near

Small details yes, but if used right, can be a powerful tool to hint or foreshadow.  I have use these many times to hint something about the relationship or the story itself. It can be powerful and suck your reader into the moment.

My hope in sharing these with you, is to enable you to have more power in your kissing scenes. You don’t need this much detail, but when you use it and give it purpose each detail, sucks your readers in, let’s them step into your characters’ shoes, and love each and every moment.

Vector challenge messageI hope this has helped you. If you haven’t already tried the first challenge, I’ll repeat it. Try to write a scene and use these details. Even if it never goes into a story, it will help you understand how to use these tools to better in your romantic scenes. Even if your story isn’t currently a romance or have romantic elements.

If you already tried it, try enhancing your already written scene by adding these details. I’d love to see them if you’d share them with me. Post a comment, tweet to me by @RealRMDonaldson or share it with me on my Facebook page.

Happy Kissing!

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The Antimony of a Kiss for Your Average Romance Novelist – Part 1

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What is in a kiss? What does a kiss mean? Does it mean the same thing every time? What can you learn about your partner in a kiss?

You’d be surprised how much detail you can learn about a character, person, or scenario in a simple kiss. We’ve all done it. After a first kiss with a new partner, we relive it and analyze the heck out of it, right? If you’ve kissed someone, you’ve done it. It’s okay; It’s human. It’s normal.

This same idea can be applied to our writing a kissing scene. There is a lot we can learn about a character in how they kiss. The style they use, as well as for how long, who started it and so on, tell us a lot about them.

Let’s start with how you’re supposed to kiss. This is not something most of us think about. We just kiss someone, right? Well, there is really a ‘proper’ way to kiss someone. Most people don’t know this, and because of it, you can learn a lot about someone by the way the kiss.

The proper way to kiss is pretty much what film makers try to catch in a movie, live action or animated. Take a look at this picture here.

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Alright, so it’s pretty straight forward. You see here that both parties here have their lips pressed together. Character A is kissing her upper lip, Character B is kissing his lower lip. This is the basic kiss.

Now how many of you knew that? Show of hands? …. Not many. I’m sure you kiss like this, but it’s not like you were ‘taught’ that.

Now there are many other kinds of kisses. like the French kiss, closed mouth and open mouthed kisses. All of them mean different things about the relationship and the character who starts the kiss. I’m going to cover just three today.

First, we’ll go over what I call the ‘single’ kiss. (There may be a more proper name for it, but I don’t know it. If you do, please tell me in the comments.) Then we’ll talk about the close mouth kiss and to end this post, we’ll talk about the basic or ‘pure’ kiss.

valentines_day_clipart_kids_kissingFirst, the ‘single’ kiss. This one we don’t hear a lot about. Mostly because you’d very rarely, if ever, see it in a movie. You do find it a lot in real life. You may have given or been given this kiss before.

Now don’t get the word ‘single’ wrong. It’s not called ‘single’ the because only single people get it or because after giving this kiss you become single. It’s single because it’s a very one sided kiss.

A single kiss is when character A, put both of his or her lips over both lips of character B. Now the big thing about this one, is that it is a very one sided kiss. Think about it, how is character B supposed to return that kiss? Her or her lips are trapped between his or her partners. They can’t really.

This kiss can mean a few different things. First is the character maybe an inexperienced kisser. As you read this, I’d not be surprised if a lot of you realize you’ve kissed or been kissed like this. It’s a newbie mistake. Though it feels wonderful if you’re character A. So this kiss could mean the character giving the kiss in experienced.

Something else it can mean, is that the character is only interested in their side of the relationship. They are only focused on the pleasure they get out of the kiss. A kiss feels better when there is more between your lips; a firmer object feels better to kiss than a soft one. Someone who is more experienced may kiss like this because it feels great if you are character A, but not character B.

A good example of a character who would kiss like this is Prince Hans from Disney’s ‘Frozen’. He is a character who likely would kiss like this, because he likely hasn’t had many lovers. Also because he is after Anna only to get the crown. So he only cares about what he gets from the relationship.

kiss-clip-art-83d159a7e0824ce1b0c5e0812b803eaa_p_400The next kiss is the closed mouth kiss. These types of kisses are normally short. This is the most common one to peck with, so a kiss on the check or the kiss you’d give a pet on the head. It’s where you don’t part your lips much, if at all, place your lips over either the top or bottom lip of your partner and make that little smack before parting. This kiss is often a sign of either a reassurance or flirty.

A good example is happily married parents. They’ve been together a long time through tough and good times. They use this quick kiss to say a quick, ‘I love you’, to comfort before talking more about a problem, to say a quick goodbye, ect.

You also will find this with a couple who are head-over-heels in love and showing each other off. It’s a good kiss to show off because it doesn’t distract you from everything around you, shows clearly you’re together, and requires little effort.

nice-lovers-kissLast, but not at all least is the basic or pure kiss. This is the one I described at the beginning. When you’re reading a romance and character A kisses character B, and then it says character B kissed back? You ever wonder what that mean? It means the character A started the kiss, kissing either the upper or lower lip. Then character B returned the gesture and kissed the other lip. This is when you know both characters are engaged in the kiss. Think of the classic fairytale kiss. This is that kiss. (Your welcome for those who have never kissed anyone and now know how to do it right)

It actually is one of the purest kisses, because it’s a sign saying ‘I love you’, yet giving the other person a chance to accept, reject or suck in the kiss. It’s the true equal kiss. Unlike the single kiss where you are taking all the pleasure for yourself, the kisser is sharing the love and pleasure fully. The perfect first kiss, first sign of love, or the ‘do you love me?’ kiss. It’s the kiss that communicates the most.

So those are the three types I’m talking about today. Next week we’ll talk about French kisses, open mouth kisses, and also talk about what kissing the lower lip or upper lip consistently means.

So when you are writing a kissing scene between your characters, think carefully about it. Do you want to tell the reader what kind of kiss? Why or why not? How will that show the character or about the relationship forming?

Vector challenge messageYour challenge is to try it. Even if your current project isn’t at all romantic, try writing a scene with two characters kissing, either for the first time or after being together a while. Experiment with what you can tell a reader about them by now they kiss. Send me a link to read it. I’d be very interested to see how you all do. You can tweet me at it on twitter at @RealRMDonaldson or on my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/OfficialRMDonaldson

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