14 April 2015

L is for Lips

Yesterday on Twitter, fellow A-Z Challenger, Katie Paul, mentioned kissing and that got me thinking about a bit of a flaw in my story. There's a lot of love in my books, and so I describe kissing in some detail, like the hero's sexy full lips especially that bottom one, which the heroine just loves to nibble on.

Except the real-life actor I'm using as the prototype, for all that he's a strapping and muscled six-and-a-half-feet tall, has really narrow lips. If he ever plays this character in the movie, his lips will be noticeably... small. Great smile, but thin lips.

You might think I'm worrying about this too much, but I can't help it. One aspect of the Outlander filming that makes me insane is that the lovely Caitriona Balfe who plays the main character, has gorgeous blue eyes. But in the novels themselves, author Diana Gabaldon repeatedly mentions golden whisky-colored eyes for this character. It pulls me out of the story - film and book - every time the eyes come up.

So what's an author to do? At this point, I can easily revise and change lip descriptions in my writing. So I'll do that. Even though thin lips aren't quite as lovely as those full, lush suckers, and damned tough to write about in a toasty love scene. Do men have lip-plumping cosmetic surgery? Nah, never mind. I'm just obsessing. Surgery not required.

I'll just focus on the gorgeous blue eyes. And great eyebrows! I just noticed those. Plump, lush eyebrows. I can work with that.

Camp NaNoWriMo update: Only about 6,000 words so far, but I have a dozen chapters outlined, and a new character developed. The local sheriff, who proved to be a total surprise. More about him later.


Bob Sanchez said...

I have a long-time friend up North whom I was chatting with in her dining room along with her husband about five years ago. She had once played the flute and thought she might take it up again. But she lamented that she'd "lost her lips," an expression new to me. So I joked that "you've obviously found them" -- you know me, I'm such a card. Then she glared at me and said "You jerk!" Nothing more was said, and I soon left on schedule. I have rarely heard from her since, and she gets no more lip from me.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

That first mouth looks like Aidan Turner. Am I right? Bob's comment is hilarious.

Dani said...

Bob, you are hysterical!

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