Love scenes are fun to read, but sometimes hard to write, especially in YA. I’ve been told I tend to be a little steamy in a good way, so I thought I’d give a couple of tips.
- Don’t spell everything out. That goes for adult too! We don’t need a road map, what we want is the feeling – mostly the anticipation!
- Speaking of anticipation, it’s that lingering before the lips touch that pulls us in. Don’t rush it. In fact, make ‘em wait for it. The more you torture your characters the better the book, and that goes for love too.
- Speak in senses and emotions. What type of touch is it that he uses on her arm? How does that make her feel?
- Don’t skip the good stuff! Get your mind out of the gutter! That’s not what I meant. What do I mean? If you build up a love interest please let us in on the first kiss for example.
- Don’t skimp on the rest of the book. Don’t rely on the love interest to carry the story. Weave it in with a good plot and you’ll have me hooked.
So what do you think? What are your favorite love scenes? And they don’t have to be sexual either. Some of my favorites are by authors like Cassandra Clare, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.