Hey guys! The Next Together is a YA Romance novel that I’ve been looking forward to read so having Lauren James here to share some awesome tips on how to write a YA Romance books for us aspiring authors is a great pleasure!
Four Tips on writing a YA Romance book
by Lauren James
1) Break with tradition
I’ve always been a huge fan of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, so when I started writing my first novel I knew I wanted some element of fluffy romance in the story. However, I’m also a huge fan of time travel adventures like Doctor Who, Outlander and The Time Traveller’s Wife, so I wasn’t prepared to just write a simple regency romance! I always try to twist expectations from the traditional outcome – if a scene looks like it’s going to go in one direction, I will take it in the opposite one. I love my twists.
2) Don’t be afraid of tropes
I love using romance tropes in new ways, so when I started writing I made a list of the guilty pleasures that I love in books, and tried to include as many as possible.
My original list
This included things like emotional carriage rides, secret betrayals, being forced to work together for a school project, undercover spies, in-jokes and lots more! It made the book a lot more fun to write. I hope it makes readers go oooh when they find a trope they love.
3) Know your characters
I’m really interested in the idea of Nature versus Nurture. I wanted to explore whether two people who were perfect for each other in one life would still fall in love in another – when they had been raised in different settings and had been through different life experiences. It made for a very interesting variety in how their relationships developed over time, based on their relative social statuses.
Having so many different versions of the characters really allowed me to get to know them, and understand the core of their character traits. At this point I think I know them better than I know myself!
4) Enjoy yourself!
Don’t afraid to embrace the silliness and joy of falling in love. Especially for Young Adult literature, when you’re writing about teenagers falling in love for maybe the first time, there should be a sense of delight and happiness in the characters’ interactions. Love is ridiculous and full of nonsense in-jokes and teasing banter, and capturing that will make a story much more realistic.
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Lauren James is a scientist by day, writer by early hours of the morning. She graduated in 2014 with a first class Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.