Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process

Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process

I get a lot of questions about what it’s like to write a book. And while I’d like to tell you that it is all fun and games (as you will see, some of it is), I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a lot of self-discipline and just plain hard work. Let’s just say that is a process that is not for the faint of heart. That said, I am fortunate to have a really fantastic editor who keeps me on track… Since my next two (!!!) books will both be released on the same day, Starstruck: A Fame Game Novel and Lauren Conrad Beauty, I thought it might be fun to give you guys a glimpse into my life while I was working on these two books…

Putting it All Together

I like to write at night when my cellphone isn’t ringing, my roommates are asleep and all is quiet. I always start with a detailed outline and then flesh out the story I want to tell from there. Once I share this outline with my editor, I begin writing… My favorite part. To be honest, the hardest part about writing is staying on schedule. Writing isn’t my full-time job so it usually gets pushed to the side by work-related commitments with Paper Crown, my website, or Kohl’s photo shoots and design meetings. (Full disclosure–I’ve had to ask for deadline extensions on more than one occasion.) Once the manuscript is complete, my editor will make revisions. From this point forward, my editor and I work very closely together to edit and fine-tune the story until we are both happy with the final draft. This is called “the editing process.” It’s definitely one of the most grueling parts of writing a book…

The Editing Process

When my editor, Farrin, and I were editing Starstruck we stayed up past 3 am working away, burning the midnight oil. As you can imagine, I went a little stir crazy after being locked up in the same room for hours on end. Farrin wanted to kick my butt because we were working on a chapter that mentioned Jane Fonda and I kept playing that Mickey Avalon song called “Jane Fonda.” Let’s just say that Farrin did not want to do the Jane Fonda… But to be honest, I was really just trying to stay awake at this point. Sometimes you have to make lemonade when you’re stuck with lemons :-)

Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process
During another never-ending editing session, I ended up sitting on my eyeglasses. Not a good thing for editing. I decided to put my MacGyver skills to work so they would at least stay on my head while I was working. This was the best I could do:

Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process
On my birthday, we were working on Lauren Conrad Beauty. We had to work all day and night…so I did what any logical birthday girl would do and ate cake for every meal. Thankfully Farrin followed suit too…cake binging is always best when you have a partner in crime, right?

Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process
…and then I got stir crazy again and popped some champagne. It was a birthday gift! Wouldn’t you do the same?

Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process
Finally, after hours upon hours of work, we finished the Lauren Conrad Beauty edits. This is another one of my favorite parts of the process…finishing!

Behind the Cover: The Writing & Editing Process
I’m really excited for all of you to read my new books. Especially because they were truly a labor of love (as evidenced above).

Both Startstruck and Lauren Conrad Beauty will hit stores on October 16th, 2012. Get excited :-) I can’t wait for you guys to read them…

Do you have any other questions about the writing process? Let me know in the comments below!

Also, if you’d like to see more of these types of blogs, let me know about that too.

XO Lauren

You might also like…
My Official Book Tour: Starstruck & Lauren Conrad Beauty
Book Club: Our Next Book Is…
Chic Peek: My BEAUTY Book Cover
Book Club: The Fame Game Q&A

Photo: Lauren Conrad

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  • Melissa Panici

    I’m SOOOO excited about your books coming out Lauren!! Can’t wait to buy them! I would love to see more of these types of blogs:) Congrats on your books!

  • danielle millar

    I would love if you did more blog posts like these topics. Also like if you did a post on about designing, inspiration and the fashion process.

    Thanks xo

  • Amy Breckenridge

    love the behind the scenes photos, lauren! i think that’s what makes you so successful – you are glamorous and stylish but still so down to earth and relatable. :)

    i have a random beauty question if you have a minute! any recommendations for a good moisturizing eye cream to put on before bed? i have tried a few but wake up with puffier eyes than i would normally! i didn’t know if you have a favorite.


  • Arron Thomas

    Yeah I’d like to know the process or the clothing line like how to come up with the ideas, the design process etc x

  • Crystal Cierlak

    I’m also writing a book! I’m self-publishing it next month and I can’t wait! “”Zoe Thanatos”” is a romance/sci-fi/fantasy about a young woman who discovers she is from an alternate universe. I’m really proud of it and would be honored if you’d take a look at it! (a Like is always appreciated!)


    <3 Crystal

  • Leah Rutteman

    I love to see more of this , it’s so funny to see how it all goes.
    I’m really excited to read your new books , keep going girl πŸ˜€

    (sorry if my english isn’t really good, but i’m from the netherlands)


  • RareChelly

    I would love to get more posts like this! Even posts about fashion design, the whole process and inspirations would be all great!

  • Marvin C.

    Great blog Lauren – I’m Glad to learn these things about You… =] …Have Great days…X

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I am so excited to get my books in the mail!

  • Courtney Walker

    love this blog post! the process of taking an idea to reality is what i love to read about from someone successful.

  • GracefulRose

    Very helpful and insightful post! I would love to learn more about about your career and any advice you have for someone wanting to get into the fashion industry. Also will you be coming to the UK on a book tour in the future?

  • Rachel Trampel

    Congrats on the books! I always thought I would love to write a book and as a writer at my job… I can’t imagine how hard it is to finish one with all the edits when my typical pieces are 500 words or less. I think I would die and I LOVE writing, haha! I can’t wait to read them :) Especially excited for beauty, loved LC Style and its in my living room!

  • Kennedy Vasquez

    Hi Lauren, i think ur books are AMAZING, love em.

    What App do u use to write the books???

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson


    I loved hearing about the writing process and what it is like to edit the books after they are made. I can’t even imagine having that kind of experience. The pictures made the story even more interesting. I’m sorry you had to work so much on your Birthday! It still looked like fun at least.

    Kindness is the best accessory,

  • Nina Sanderhoff Hansen

    I’d love to know more about the creative thought process behind each novel. I’d really like to know how you travel the path from idea to writing! And also what do you do when you get stuck? Ever suffered from writers block?

    Basically I would love more on writing!

  • k2spitfire

    more blogging, si vu play

  • Ula Phelep

    Hi Lauren,

    That’s a great and very inspiring article! Thanks for sharing.



  • Johana Gabriela Dorante Arenas

    Hi girls! i

  • Shauna McGuinness

    Yey! I still haven’t finished The Fame Game since I’ve been reading alot lately and it’s an important year for me in school now, but i’ll be sure to be done by the time Starstruck and Beauty come out! πŸ˜€

  • Samantha K

    i can’t wait to read them!!

  • Britney Saldana

    Thanks for sharing! Cant wait to read them! Very hard work I see!

    These types of blogs are fun to read! Maybe you can do one soon about the process of you getting ready in the morning! And maybe ur schedule throughout the day! :)

  • Dannii Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am in the process of writing a book at the moment. It is definitely hard work, but rewarding.

    For the recipes, diet tips and exercises that helped me lose 98lbs and keep it off, check out and the Facebook page

  • Kelsey Kolisek

    How will Lauren Conrad Beuaty differ from Lauren Conrad Style?

  • Deanne Castro

    Can’t wait to read them both!

    For more fashion and beauty advice, please visit my blog:

    Today’s post:

    Fall Trends Must Have for 2012



    follow me on twitter @myfashavanue

  • Kellie Norton

    It was so awesome to see how your writing process is! I’m currently writing a book about my summer in new york that I spent with 4 girls, meeting the usual asshole guys, but every now and then meeting really sweet ones :-) I’m excited! I hope you’ll make more of these posts!!

  • Martin M

    Lauren you are such a genius! keep onm working and never loose the fun while doing whatever you do :) Greetings from over the sea Germany :)

  • Mari Carmen Gonzalez Pareja

    Waiting with great enthusiasm!! Congratulations!

  • Sabrina Buckingham

    Did you always want to write?

  • lady C

    I can’t wait to read both. It’s cool how you have fun at the same time you’re working. Right now I’m writting a book that I hope It’ll be famous.
    and one question, will you be at some store on october 26th?? because it will be cool if I had the oportunity to meet you.

    -Lady C

  • Bev

    I am OH so excited for your realease date!! So proud of you girlie… keep pushing forward and being a prime example of what we are all capable of if we just put our minds, energy, cake-eating, and champaigne-popping skills to it!

    xo, Bev

  • Carly

    I just finished reading the LA Candy series (love them!) and The Fame Game (also loved!!) Can’t wait to read Starstruck!! Lauren you are my role model!! I love that you are in the fashion business and the writing business and that is what I want to do!! Xo

  • Cassie Bananas

    I really appreciate this blog because I’m struggling through the writing of a couple of books as well. Also, it made me really excited to see your finished products! I would love more blogs like this!!

  • Karmele Garcia

    YES YES do more posts like this :) and I can’t wait to read the books!

  • Kym Ducharme

    I would definitely like to see more posts like this! I love seeing what you’re really like, especially when it comes to juggling all the amazing things you do.

  • Cindy Mtus

    Love the pics. congrats !!!

  • Jessica Krueger

    It has always been my dream to one day write a memoir or just a book based on true events of my life. Thanks for the post to show how much challenge it can be but also the reward when finishing the project! Also.. consider expanding the book signing to the midwest! :) :)

  • Meghan Conard

    I loved your Style book! Can’t wait for the new Lauren Conrad Beauty! Hurry up October!


  • Melissa Riollano

    Sometimes I find it hard to sit down and write especially when things aren’t clicking together. What motivates and inspire you at this point?

    On a side note, I can’t wait for the release of Starstruck. Hoping to see you at the NYC event :)

  • Kelly Burt

    Can’t wait to get Beauty! I read Style and I refer to it constantly. Keep up the good work Lauren! xo

  • Vee

    It’s definitely quite a process to complete writing a book. Congrats on the completion of your book. I am very familiar with burning the midnight oil while trying to finish projects.. Although it can suck, you can’t deny that you create some wonderful memories :)

    xx- Vee


  • Claire Coppersmith

    I would like to see more of posts loke these!

  • Jade Wright

    Having recently completed my first novel – I feel your pain!

    Hopefully soon it will be published to the world too, you would love it!

    Cannot wait to get my hands on copies of yours!

  • Delta88

    I can’t wait for your Beauty book! The beauty tips in your style book were really awesome, so this is just gonna be as good.

  • Lili

    Thank you for sharing your experience, it reminded me of when I wrote my thesis :)

    Cannot wait to grap your Beauty book, I really like your elegance.

  • HistoryBeauty

    Thanks for sharing your process!

  • Deanne Castro

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

    For more fashion and beauty advice, please checkout my blog:

    today’s post:

    Favourite Celebrity Outfit of The Week: Lea Michele



    Follow me on Twitter @myfashavenue

  • Kylie Miller

    Thanks for sharing your process! Check out my blog:

  • Emily k.

    I think that doing all that is totally admirable! I love writing, and one day hope to write something longer than a blog post! πŸ˜› You go, girl.



  • Veronica Pratt

    Lauren, I have read Lauren Conrad Style and I am half way through L.A Candy and I love it. Where will these books be avalible at, so that i can continue reading??

  • Kayley Potter

    You celebrated your birthday the right way with cake for every meal. Of course, calories don’t count on your birthday!

  • Laura Duijvestijn

    I pre-ordered both of them!!! πŸ˜€

    Love your books! Especially: Style!!

  • Helena Marques

    Love it!! I’m so gonna buy your books. And love your glasses, where are they from?? Thanks

  • Edii McC

    it was worth it Lauren :)

  • Kathrin S

    Lauren, I liked your Style book so much that I can’t wait any more houres for the Beauty book. Also I’m excited to read your novels as early as possible.

    I’d like to see of course more of these types of blogs.


  • Linh Ly

    i love Lauren Conrad Style! i can’t wait to get Lauren Conrad Beauty! Sounds like a fun and hard process but well worth it!


  • Nessie

    I am so excited for this book! I have Style & seriously have tabbed pages & refer to it all the time! I’m definitely looking forward to doing the same to this one! : )

  • Patty CatCake

    As I truely love your Style book and always look in it when I need help to complete my outfits. Especially the “”maximazing your suitcase”” part is really very helpful. Ever when I now go on holidays I will pack my belongings with help of this book. So, I am sure that I will love this books, too!

    PS: Of course I love every single book you have written, especially the LA.Candy series because they helped me get through my final exams at school to become an examined foreign language correspondent.

    PPS: Belated Happy Birthday!

  • Kasia Rymar

    Your pictures are so adorbs! By the way, Happy Belated Birthday!

  • Giselle Escamilla

    OOOh im excited for your new books:) I love your books Lauren there great books!!!

  • cbregs

    FYI, in a post about editing you spelled the name of your book wrong!!!!!!!!!!!

    StarTstruck ??

    I’m assuming you mean Starstruck

  • Cristina Ramos

    I remember writing papers in college and high school and it is all worth it in the end when that A or in your case the sales hit the roof! Then you can pop another champagne bottle. Hard work pays off especially when you’re working on something you love :)

  • Nurija Bihorac

    The first thing I’m going to do in October, is buy those books! Can’t wait!!

  • paola nvr

    Yeeess! I’d love to read more blogs like this onee! :) I had a lot of fun when I read it :)

  • Micaela Swaney

    I absolutely loved your Style book, so I am very excited to get my hands on this book! Can’t belive it’s coming out tomorrow!!

  • Eryka J. Pierre

    Hi Lauren! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend any of your book signings, because of transportation issues (because I am only an eighth grader,I can’t drive yet,and my parents weren’t able to take me),BUT, I’m pretty sure if I had a driver’s license,I would go grab the book at a local bookstore, and I would be the first one in line. Anyway, I just want to take the time to thank you for being a such a huge inspiration to me. You’ve inspired me to chase after my dreams of becoming a successful writer like yourself. Even though,some may think that writing isn’t the best business to make a living out of, I look at you and your success, and think otherwise. I believe that Writing is the best tool for anyone, especially for those who not very outspoken, like me. I believe that writing gives you a chance to pour you soul out on each page, and Miss Lauren Conrad, although I haven’t read any of your books yet, my intuition tells me that this is exactly what you do.
    XO,Eryka πŸ˜€

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  • Mai Truong

    How long does it typically take to write a book before the editing process and what helps with writer’s block? Also, how long do you write in one session? Thanks for sharing your process!



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