Rewriting Half my Book ~ Posy Roberts: Outside the Margins

Join us as Posy Roberts goes Outside the Margins.

Posy-Roberts-otmRewriting Half my Book

All I’ve done for the last four weeks is edit. It’s been my every breath. To be fair, I have done more.

My mom was here. She had surgery and then spent the next few weeks recovering at my house.

I showed my daughter how to gather resources, take good notes without plagiarizing, and how to organize a research paper. I learned quite a lot about practical applications of virtual reality in the process, some I might incorporate into my current work in progress.

I started walking every weekday morning with my best friend. I’m a mall walker now, scooting around the busy mall when store gates are locked. We walked past a store the other day and my friend pointed to a display window and said, “I’m sick of that. They need to make a change.” The next day the mannequins in the window were sporting new duds.

New things, yes. But everything has been mundane.

Unless you count editing my story.

It was 78K words a month ago, so already a good-sized novel. I didn’t want to go over 80K, but then I rewrote the last half of the book.

Seriously, the last half.

It now sits at 87K.

My story fell flat after the exciting halfway mark and I didn’t know how to fix it. So I went searching and found a list of questions (scroll) to help me figure out what to do with my two very-much-in-love characters for the second half of the second act.

SnowshoeingWhat those questions did was make me dig deeper into my characters. I dug deeper into my story too, deep enough that I saw where things went awry.

It’s pretty hard to fix something until you know how it’s broken. After finding out, I rethought the climax and the resolution, and that is how I rewrote the last half of my book.

In my story, my main character just made a huge decision. He made a change in his life, moving from reaction to action. And sure enough, that’s exactly what should happen at the midpoint of a story.

I failed by trying to then shift focus to a new story line that I’d been building toward for the first half of the book. I was focusing on the wrong thing, though.

Some books need to stew. Other books seem to write themselves.

My North Star series essentially wrote itself. I felt like I was being tugged along on a leash. I did all I could to keep up with the words pouring through my head, hoping to capture them before more tumbled out.

I stewed over this book, though. I was getting ready to scrap it, maybe come back to it in a year or two. But as I sat around while my mom recovered from her surgery, I tweaked and fixed. I talked about my plot as my friend and I walked around the mall, pointing out the mannequin’s boob that was slipping out of the armhole of her ugly shirt. After helping my daughter with her research paper, I was reminded how important a good outline is. They help with the process of writing, making it smoother because all the unplanned, time-wasting subplots can be eliminated.

I found some helpful tools along the way. I found ways to improve my writing. I found some confidence I’d lost, because my last few books have required stewing.

And I found out the salespeople at that one store must listen to us as we walk past their closed gates in the morning. The nip slip mannequin had a new shirt on the next day.


TangledMindFS Title: Tangled Mind
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Romance

For years Beck Lund has taken care of his volatile boyfriend, Brady, always putting Brady’s needs above his own and walking on eggshells to keep the peace. After Brady overdoses on heroin, his death devastates Beck. Thankfully Beck’s best friend, Timothy Kallis, finds him the help he needs. Beck slowly starts to recover and moves in with Timothy to get back on his feet, but he’s oblivious that Timothy is secretly nursing romantic affection for him.

Beck focuses on his own healing for the first time in his life. After months of challenging his codependent tendencies and learning how to stand up for himself, Beck finally starts to trust his gut and hopes to one day love again. Timothy is patient throughout, taking care of Beck in ways no one ever has. But if Beck can’t recognize Timothy’s affection for him, it might be too late for them to move beyond friendship.

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~ Posy Roberts

About Posy Roberts

Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.

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2 thoughts on “Rewriting Half my Book ~ Posy Roberts: Outside the Margins

  1. There are some stories you just can’t force. You have to set them aside (deadlines be damned) and let them come to you. So glad you were able to get it worked out! I’m looking forward to reading it.

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