Friday, May 6, 2016

Get Your Flirt On


****WRITER ON A DEADLINE!**** Dr. Love is busy editing but I was utilizing these tips while ramping up the romantic tension between my H&H--Finn & Joss. So, yes, this is a repost but it's a fun one and I was feeling it today. How about you ... are YOU feeling flirty? ;)

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for three decades or if your only romantic relationships exist on paper… your ability to flirt is like having an ace in your pocket.

Most often it’s referenced with sexual undertones but not all flirtations have that connotation. Friends, co-workers, family members, teachers, or even children… it’s all in the dynamic. So what is it, really?

Flirting, put simply, is behavioral attraction.

It IS your playful banter, your witty comebacks, your smoldering looks, or the sarcastic roll of your eyes. Fiction or real life, flirting is the magic in your dialogue, the intent behind a look, even the position of your body and the measure of your movements. It’s tension and longing, friction and fun. It may seem like fluff since it doesn’t often grace the heavy heart to heart encounters but it lays the frame work for the connections that form between characters. It is both verbal and non-verbal. It’s CHEMISTRY!

So let’s evaluate some chemical composition, shall we?

How do you know if your flirting is up to snuff? Like anything else, practice makes perfect! And the wonderful thing about fiction is you can edit that scene again and again, crafting flirting perfection, often even better than you could have quipped it in real life!

I LOVE that I’m married and I still get to flirt with my husband. Whether it’s a playful text message or a calculated brush of my foot beneath the dinner table, flirting gives relationships pizazz. So how can you rev up the attraction between your characters? (or even in your own life!—Sorry, Dr. Phil moment)

Here are 6 tips to help you get your flirt on!

TOUCH

Whether it’s a heated caress or a casual bump of the shoulder, heck, even twirling your own hair, when we touch we respond. We're not made of stone so how can we NOT feel? Think about what you want to say and try to translate that feeling into a touch. Where would you communicate that sentiment best? What type of touch would send the right signal without using brash words? Bite your tongue and give it a try. See if you get your point across. :)

TEASE

Oh the games we play! It’s like playground rules all over again, but then again, the tease is effective for riling our emotions and at the same time decreases the pressure of a serious interaction. Lighten up, people, good-natured ribbing can be fun and can definitely provide an easy segue for more meaning touches to keep ’em guessing. It's all about the chase, my friends.

BANTER

See here, now you get to ease up on that tightly reigned filter you work so hard to keep in check. Ahem...((**Whistling**)) Verbal sparring is like foreplay. Sometimes it overlaps with teasing but very often you get to expose your wit and intelligence. You can showcase your sarcasm. You get to dish it right back and up the ante! Excellent tool in building romantic tension! And it will keep a tighter pacing for your dialogue.

COMPLIMENT

Let’s be honest here, who doesn’t love these? Okay, on occasion they make us uncomfortable, but chemistry, whether in friendships or in romances, thrives when people voice their admiration for each other. Everyone wants to be noticed, to feel special, and what better way to cultivate attraction than by dropping a well placed kind word? Try it. Give a compliment and see how it can change the dynamic of a conversation on a dime. Your day or that scene will be better for it.

LAUGH

Is there anything more attractive that genuine laughter? The laugh is a wonderful flirtation.  And there are so many to explore! A giggle (sometimes charming or annoying), a chuckle (sometimes surprisingly hot), a husky laugh (that feels like a physical caress), a blurted laugh (I dare you not to laugh in response), or beautiful, carefree, laugh ’til your sides ache and your eyes well up (that I dare say might be the best flirtation of all). Find a way to laugh with someone. Make your characters laugh together. Funny will never go out of style!

STRUT

Not all communication is verbal. Duh! Body language speaks volumes. Use that to your advantage. Open yourself up to new ways of expressing emotion without words or touch. Pour that onto the page. Let the movements speak and give greater insight. Show don't tell. And go on and put a little swivel in your hips. (Perhaps not you men. You can strut, just maybe don’t swivel!) Work it! Find what feels good. Discover what gives that extra boost of confidence? Confidence is attractive. And that swivel doesn't hurt either. Alright, chin up. Annnddddd strut!


So there you have it. Your flirting tutorial! It’s Friday! Date, write, interact. Go forth and flirt it up!
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Amy Leigh Simpson is the completely exhausted stay-at-home mama to the two wild-child, tow-headed toddler boys, one pretty little princess baby, and the incredibly blessed wife of her hunky hubby.
She writes Romantic Suspense chalked full of grace that is equally inspiring, nail-biting, and hilarious. And a little saucy! Okay fine, a lot saucy. :) She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and now uses her Sports Medicine degree to patch up daily boo-boos. Her greatest ambitions are to create stories that inspire hope, raise up her children to be mighty warriors for Christ, invent an all-dessert diet that works, and make up for years of sleep deprivation. 

She is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc.


13 comments:

Laurie Tomlinson said...

Yes! I love it when Dr. Amy is in.

This awkward creature needs all the flirting tips she can get :) And you've helped me make magic in my writing before, too. Thanks for the lesson on flirting <3

Rajdeep Paulus-Writer of Young Adult Fiction said...

Fun post, Amy! Can I throw one in? "Resist." As in keep the chase on. In writing, the tension of the ALMOST kiss or ALMOST moments keep a reader searching for THE moment. :)

Happy Friday!
xo
Raj

Amy Leigh Simpson said...

The love doctor, Laurie? Haha!!!

I find it hard to believe you're flirt challenged! It's not like I've ever seen you in action, except on paper, where you do extremely well! But with tips and hand flirt a little bit more, couldn't hurt! ;)

Amy Leigh Simpson said...

Totally, Raj!!! I think I have a post on here somewhere about the almost kiss! Love it!!!

Jeanne Takenaka said...

Rajeep, Love your tip!! It's true in real life and in fiction. :)

Amy, I guess God knew I needed more tips for writing romance. Since I'm still figuring it out. :) This was a GREAT post. I guess I'll have to analyze a little more how I flirt with my honey and figure out how to get my characters flirting more.

THANK YOU for these tips. :)

Pepper Basham said...

YAY! What fun!!
I LOVE writing flirting.
okay...I love the whole idea of flirting, but may not be the best 'in person'.

Laughter is soooo fantastic! It is like a physical touch to a kindred spirit!

And the 'almost' touch/kiss. Woohoo! nice addition there, Raj

Amy Leigh Simpson said...

Jeanne, love having you as part of our crew here! You always bring such wonderful insight and great questions. So glad this was helpful! Go flirt with your man 😉

Amy Leigh Simpson said...

I would venture to say the "almost kiss/touch" is a tease in and of itself. Nonverbal, of course ;)

Love you, pepper! You're s great flirt on paper!

Susan Anne Mason said...

This is wonderful, Amy! Sometimes we are so engrossed in causing our characters angst, we forget to have fun with the romance and FLIRT!

Cheers,
Sue

Amy Leigh Simpson said...

Very well said, Sue!!!!

Robin Mason said...

see, this is where reading others' writing (especially romance genre) and blog posts of course, has really helped my writing! i don't write romance genre and had rather left that element out of my stories!! OHHH NOOO!!! my characters are human, after all, and unless the relationship is dysfuntional couples will have moments such as you describe. and i am now writing more of them into the fabric of my stories!
thanks Amy for a fun post!!

Amy Leigh Simpson said...

Yay, Robin! So glad this has helpful :) and fun!

Cara Putman said...

Love it! Great tips, Amy!