How to begin? When I began writing Scott Free, I spent a good month coming up with a concept that I thought contained 1) a good enough hook, 2) was unique, compelling, and interesting enough to keep younger readers reading. I also wanted something with 3) strong thematic elements, that raised more questions than it answered.
These are all the components of a good novel, in my opinion. The Hunger Games, for instance, by Suzanne Collins, has all of these elements in spades, it contemplates strong themes from our society, forces the reader to ask questions about the extent people will go to for entertainment, has an excellent hook, and follows through on every count.
The problem is, I hope that I’ve already created that in my YA novel, Scott Free, which I am currently working on perfecting along with the help of my literary agent, Steve Kasdin, from Curtis Brown. I am keeping my fingers crossed that once it’s ready for submission to publishers it will be picked up and YA readers will be able to take part in the experience that took me a year to put down on paper.
But now that I’ve done that, what do I write about next? What could be my next project that I care passionately enough about to dedicate nearly a year of my life to its completion? If it took me a month to come up with something before, how long will it take me this time? Because I’ve already rejected dozens of concepts and hooks and ideas, so what, exactly, is left for me?
I am excited to find out!