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Writing and Editing

I’m a fast writer.  My brain goes so quickly that pen and paper doesn’t work well at all, so I’m eternally grateful for the computer.  This natural tendency is a blessing while writing a new novel, especially for something like NaNoWriMo.  While I have my story fairly well planned out ahead of time, I can’t get too detailed or I find I can’t write as well.  The curse is that I end up with a lot of mistakes and occasionally forget to put in some details that I intended but ended up chasing another scene and am remiss about leaving myself a note.  That eventually all needs to be cleaned up.

For me, getting the words out of my head is the important thing.  Once they’re out, I have something to play with and mold into what I want it to be.  That means that I spend a lot of time editing.  In fact, I probably spend more time editing than I did writing the initial story in the first place.  Which is fine with me.  I love to edit.  I know a lot of writers find editing tedious and they dread it, but not me.  I enjoy switching over to my left brain from time to time to really get analytical.  It’s almost like a break for me.

Yes, I know I’m probably an oddity because of that, but believe me, it’s not the first time.  I’m an ambivert.  What’s that?  It’s a mix between and extravert and an introvert.  There are times that I’m in desperate need of social interaction to fill me up and then days later I just need to be alone.  Surprise, or no surprise. That’s usually when I can be found writing. Or editing.

I’m about to start editing the series of stories I wrote this summer.  I’ve had a few people read the first book.  I know I have edits to make.  I always do, but this time around, I’m nervous about the amount.  I’ve never written 250,000 in 10 weeks before.  That’s a lot!  I just kept writing and didn’t stop.  Most times I go back and tweak here and there.  With my book Fall Into You, I wrote that very quickly because I couldn’t sleep due to being on Prednisone for a cough that refused to go away.  I was hyper and only able to sleep for about 4 hours a night at the time, so I had a lot of extra hours in my day.  And then I edited for a year.  I won’t edit for a year again because that’s a bit ridiculous, especially if I want to get another book out.

Somehow, I have to make sure that this next book is edited as well but in 1/12 the time.  Cross your fingers for me?  I could really use the luck.



Posy Roberts writes about the realistic struggles of men looking for 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 a Jill of all trades and master of the drill and paintbrush. She’s married to a partner who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep during her writing frenzies. Her daughter, a budding author and cinematographer, helps her come up with character names. For fun, Posy enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make regular life more interesting.

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