I’m a writer, and recently I’ve begun writing my fifth book and my first ever Young Adult novel.
When I say ‘fifth’ novel I mean fifth novel unpublished novel. There was a time when I hoped book number 3 (My Mr Keats) would be published but you can read what happened to that project in another blog post.
I am currently only 65 pages into this story but new scenes are knitting together in my brain every day and I have a beginning, middle and end in sight! That’s all I need to get a story written. Editing helps tie it all together neatly and gives it the added dramatics.
Today though, I thought I would complete the Your Story tag to share more about the work in progress.
I have written four complete novels and I’m working on my fifth. My first was a historical fiction set during World War two with a Romeo and Juliet theme. The second was a World War One historical fiction based on my relative’s experiences during the war. The third was My Mr Keats, another historical fiction. The fourth is called God Help the Girl and is a contemporary women’s fiction that is currently with an agent – fingers crossed! The fifth is a YA set in Kent, England.
I’ve never taken part in NaNoWriMo as I’ve never done well with writing under a strict schedule.
The characters in my current story ‘unnamed’ (literally, unnamed) are best friends Merry Murphy and Teddy Fletcher. They’re both seventeen years old, very nearly eighteen, and they’ve just finished school but neither of them are planning on going to university.
Merry is a drummer, introvert and struggling with her sexual identity after her first foray into a relationship went wrong – Instagram humiliation, wrong – and Teddy is the new teenage father to twin boys. Enough said.
The story follows their relationship as they traverse first loves, family duties, social media and sexuality.
Well, it has to be Merry and Teddy’s. They’ve been best friends since they were seven years old and everyone in their hometown can’t think of one without the other. They depend on each other, although they don’t realise quite how much until near the end of the story.
There isn’t really one… both Merry and Teddy have relationships but both are incredibly flawed and don’t end well – which seventeen-year-old romance does! – I can’t say I have a favourite because I know what goes wrong…
Without giving away spoilers, there is a scene I’m going to write between Merry and Teddy near the end of the book which I’m hoping will be sad and uplifting at the same time. To bounce back you have to hit rock bottom first.
So far I’m only 65 pages in but my favourite scene so far is a scene between Merry and Teddy when she takes him and his newborn twins for a drive around Kent in the middle of the night to get all of them to sleep. It’s sweet and feels like the equivalent of a teenage road trip but local and with babies.
The opening scene is at a house party when Merry and Teddy are sixteen and have their first experiences of relationships. It doesn’t end well.
I’ve had the idea of a boy and girl set of friends in my head for a while, heavily inspired by seeing, and reading, Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. But I didn’t want it to be a romance with the best friends ultimately getting together. I had the idea of Merry being gay at YALC after listening to a panel on LGBT within YA and how well it works. Then the whole storyline came together.
Friendship is the main theme, but also coming-of-age, self-discovery, sexuality and family.
I need to make the timeline flow better. I have scenes in my head but I need to work on connecting them together.
So far I’m really enjoying it… I never tend to love my stories until after they’re completed and I can begin editing them and realise (hopefully) that they’re not a pile of shit.
At the minute I just want to finish it. But ultimately I would like all of my stories – excluding my first which was written when I was 16 and terrible – to be published and read by others. For now, I’m happy just to keep writing.