Writing process meme

So Alexia Casale, yet another member of Claire’s coven, tagged me in the writing process meme!

What am I working on?

Uhhhh my masters thesis currently……eep. But fiction wise, I should really be doing my edits for Book 1, which are due in June. I’m also messing around with Book 2, which I can’t really do anything properly on until the plot of Book 1 is finalised. I started writing it after the first draft of Book 1, and then had to change it so many times as I edited the first one that it’s currently on standby to save my own sanity. I also don’t feel like I’m a good enough writer yet to get the vision of the book in my head onto paper. It’s going to be this amazing coming of age time travel extravaganza, but the few times I’ve tried writing out the really strong bits they just seem too try-hard and lame. I never felt that way when I was writing Book 1, so it might just be nerves because it’s All Real now. I don’t know, I don’t want to mess it up. I’ll give it another go soon enough.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

WHAT GENRE IS MY BOOK???????? SOMEONE TELL ME. I mean I guess it’s a ‘romance’, but it’s nothing like any romance I’ve ever read. It’s a romance in the sense that the characters getting together is the main part of the book, but the romance drives the plot, rather than being the plot.

I don’t know. It’s a historical novel, but it’s also a conspiracy thriller and a spy novel, so I guess that’s one way it’s different from others in the same genre.

Why do I write what I do?

I wrote about whether why I found myself writing Young Adult here, but a bit more on why I like YA- I love the sense of humour that you can’t really find in literary fiction, the banter and colloquial kind of dialogue. I love how it can cover almost any type of genre while still always coming back to the same themes. I love that the right YA book has the potential to completely change someone’s life and perspective right at the moment when it’s really needed, and stick with them forever. I love that adults and kids read it, and enjoy it.

As to why I wrote The Red Earth Rolls (now titled The Next Together), I made a list of all of my favourite things in fiction one day and tried to find a way to include them all in one story. The plotty mess that resulted was my own fault.

How does my writing process work?
Up to now, I’ve only written one novel. I wrote it over the summer holidays, in fast bursts over 2 or 3 months, and spent the rest of the year thinking about it. I have three storylines, and I wrote about a quarter of one, and then caught the other two up to that. Then I wrote them out chapter by chapter in all three storylines. I write in chronological order almost always.

My book THE NEXT TOGETHER, a reincarnation romance, comes out in September. You can add it on goodreads, preorder on amazon, or you can subscribe to my mailing list for updates nearer the time here.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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