For the past two months I’ve been splitting my writing time between two very different stories. Normally I avoid this because it tends to cut down on my productivity. Last night I finally decided to focus on the characters that I was having more fun writing. The choice wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated. I chose the hero who is an outrageous flirt and the heroine who is struggling to resist him.
Flirting is fun. In a romance novel it’s practically essential. My hero Wes does it all. He teases Gillian with prolonged eye contact, deliberate yet innocent touching, and not so innocent jokes. It isn’t easy. The flustered target of his affection wants to reciprocate but isn’t sure what, if anything, lies beneath the banter. He’s a player. She’s an onlooker.
I think most people can relate to that tingly feeling you get when someone flirts with you. In that one moment there’s a special bond – complete focus on the other individual. It might lead to something more or it might just be a sparkly encounter. Either way it feels good.
Just yesterday an elderly gentleman sprinted past me on a sidewalk in an effort to reach the library door we were both headed toward. As he proudly held the door open allowing me to pass, he made some comment about the pretty weather and my pretty smile. We exchanged a few more pleasantries before going our separate ways. His gentle flirting brightened my day.
Do you flirt? Do you have a favorite character that stands out as a flirt?