Would You Feel Cheated?
I’m in one of those writer’s lulls, where nothing big is happening, just spending my days doing life stuff and writing the first draft of the second book in my MMA series.
I’m in that area of the book where I’m starting to wrap everything up and things are starting to get complicated (for me, lol). One of the biggest issues right now is the kiss. Yeah, you read the correctly. I’m starting to get toward the third half of the book and they haven’t even kissed yet. (Well, they have, but the first one doesn’t count.) That never happens with me. So I’ve really, really had to up the sexual tension between these two. Honestly, it’s smoking hot between the two of them, but they both have their reasons for not stepping over that “friends” line.
The problem is I’ve spent so long writing the tension that now they are about to truly kiss, I’m clueless as to what happens. Unfortunately because of circumstances inside the book, things just can’t explode, which is what would happen in any other book. I’m telling you these two are in a rip-your-clothes-off-and-do-it-against-the-wall sort of emotional place. But I can’t go there. So I’m finding it very challenging to get that Castle/Beckett feeling.
*SPOILER* For the fans, you know what I’m talking about and the feeling we all had Monday night when it finally happened. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been frustrated this entire season waiting, hoping, then cursing at the TV when it didn’t happen. But Monday it finally did and boy, I had to rewind to watch again. And then rewind it again. Even though I had to wait as long as I did, when it finally happened it was worth the wait.
I’m trying to capture the same feeling in my book. Unfortunately, unless I rewrite an entire plot point, things just can’t explode at this particular time. So my question is…would you, as a reader, feel cheated if the kiss stayed sweet? Or do you feel like I should maybe wring out a bit more tension until they are in a time and place where it can explode?