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Friday, February 5, 2010

Crit Friday - First Kisses

The first kiss between the hero and heroine is important in any romance. The circumstances that bring it about, how long it lasts, and how they feel after sets the tone for how the reader views their burgeoning relationship.

“She should not be feeling like this. She should impose more control over her body. But she couldn’t stop the sensations flowing through her and over her. It was wrong. It was frightening. It was exciting." Source: Lady Be Bad by Candice Hern.

This month we want to critique your heroine's and hero's first kisses: the lead up, the kiss, and the aftermath.

How it works:

* Next Friday 12th February (US Central Time) we will post a CRIT FRIDAY OPEN message.

* Post up to 500 words of your first kiss scene as a comment to the Crit Friday Open message. Also include a working title.

* During the week, your first kiss scene will be copied, removed from the blog, and critiqued by at least 5 of our members.

* On Friday 19th February we will repost all critiqued first kiss scenes to the blog.

This is NOT a contest - there are no prizes and no winner - just honest feedback delivered in a nice way.

To ensure your privacy, reposted work will not include an author names and you may post more than one work for critique.

Any questions? Just post your questions as a comment and we will get back to you soon.

And just for fun... Anyone want to share about their first kiss? Please keep it G rated even if your memory of it isn't. :)


  1. Alas, my first kiss scenes all run more than 500 words. Is that a good or bad sign?

  2. Aislinn, if you can, feel free to submit just 500 words of the scene. I can't imagine any first kiss scenes are only 500 words, so I would say to all, just submit the 500 words that include the actual kiss.