NaNoWriMoCrastination ~ Outside the Margins with Posy Roberts

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If you follow any writers on social media, right now you are probably reading a lot about NaNo or National Novel Writing Month. If your timeline looks anything like mine, it’s filled with word counts, great days, bad days, and possibly procrastination.

I fall into the procrastination pile because for some reason, my brain is rebelling at putting words to the page right now. And it’s frustrating!

I came back from GayRomLit filled with excitement to start on the sequel to Bent Arrow. It’s hard not to be motivated after people come up to you and tell you how much they loved your book. I mean, seriously! That’s the coolest thing ever! You’d think I’d be writing like a crazy woman.

I had cut out a really lovely scene from Bent Arrow because I changed the timeline of the story and its ending from the first draft, so this great scene is just waiting for a new story. Having some words ready to use is a place to write toward, so I thought NaNo would go well.

I got 6,000 words in and the story petered out. That great scene is so far off in the distance that it may as well not exist. Sitting at my computer feels like torture, especially with daily word goals mocking me from the NaNo site, constantly telling me there is no way I’m going to ever get this written at my current pace.

Who needs that? Who wants that? So I started doing other things. I edited a different story, I read, I listened to audiobooks, I raked leaves, I napped. And I know I’m not the only writer who is doing this. I bet November is a deep cleaning month for a lot of writers. I’m ready to paint my daughter’s bedroom and install a new light fixture. We’ve lived in this house for ten years, and one of the first things we said about that ugly ass ceiling fan and light was that it needed to go, pronto. It’s still there, so you can see how desperate I am to not be writing right now if I finally want to play with electricity.

All that being said, there is something very valuable about writing every day and having word goals. I know this. My writing career has benefitted from NaNo’s unique motivation. I wrote Spark and Flare during Camp NaNo in 2012. In fact, by day 16 of writing Flare, I had 85,000 words on the page. So yeah, NaNo has been good for me. But not this time around.

I joke that I’m rebelling like a teen, but in reality, I’m still very much focused on the novel I need to get to my editor in a matter of days. I need to finish Fresh Squeezed before I can shift focus. I normally have a hard time changing gears from one project to another and I often take a few days off to decompress between stories. So maybe after I get Fresh Squeezed off my plate, I’ll be motivated to crank out 44,000 more words. In the meantime, I’m recording all my #NaNoWriMoCrastination activities on Twitter alongside any words I do happen to put on the page.

~Posy Roberts


Title: Bent Arrow
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Publication Date: 09/03/2015
Cover Artist: DJ Mack
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


Sometimes curves in the road take you right where you belong.

Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.

Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?

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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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One thought on “NaNoWriMoCrastination ~ Outside the Margins with Posy Roberts

  1. “I bet November is a deep cleaning month for a lot of writers.” That cracked me up! I’ve never officially done NaNo but I used the motivation a few years ago to write a big chunk of my novel Aidan’s Journey. I find deadlines that I promise to my publisher are a far bigger motivator. I wrote 17K in five days a few weeks ago because of that!

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