An Apology For The Tardiness

Blue Ash Crisis should be several uploads in by now.  However, I ran into a bump with my second chapter.  I had lost the edits I had done and was left with the rough script for it.  I had to completely rewrite this chapter along with edit and type set everything.

So I had a little trouble.  Today it will be released most likely by the time you read this even as I am doing final editing to the last parts of it.  The part that took more time is Chapter 2 is a long chapter.

I apologies to all of you.  Sorry to keep you waiting.  The next chapters will be more rapidly produced.  I am hoping to catch up over this weekend with chapters 3, 4 and 5 and that way Monday I can start uploading every other day.

Please bare with me.


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  1. First of all let me say I’ve enjoyed reading your series thus far, gripping edge-of-the-seat stuff. And now, if you don’t mind me asking, how’s your workflow like when you write a very long story like this one? How long do you usually take between inception of a story for a chapter to final publishing etc, what happens during all that time and so on.


    1. I have ADHD and Bipolar so I have a random work habit.  I write every day, at least 500 words however, I am also a perfectionist to some extent.  So I scrap a lot of what I write.  This story has taken me far longer to write than I wanted (a little over a year) I have finished it since month four of writing it.  However, I keep going over it because I have an obsession.  I am getting better with that.

      My goal for this year is to get to a point where I am producing two chapters a week.  My work flow right now is as follows, I do a solid outline, write a rough draft, rewrite it like a million times, then I do editing followed by machine editing, then I type set it and post it.  I know a ridiculous process.

      My goal is to write the outline (of which I have several lined up already) then write the rough draft, rewrite (once and not obsess), then edit and produce a finished draft.  It is that rewriting part that gets me.

      I also go through bipolar lows during those times I find it hard to get motivated.  IF I manage to I am critical of my work or its a real slog to get through it.  When I am in a high, I do a lot more work.  So it’s a mixed bag with me.  I am learning to deal with my issues.  In fact I am learning to write as if I had none.  That is part of it too.

      Thanks for your comment btw. That is really encouraging to hear from someone. I appreciate it.


      1. Wow, that sounds like a monster of a routine. But at least it is a routine. I on the other hand have been doing my writing without any real structure and that’s really affected my productivity. Am happy you shared yours with me. I’m eager though to know about machine editing. What does that actually involve?

        I am also glad to hear that you are working and managing to overcome your adversity. My mother has OCD. She’s a brilliant teacher on her day but when the compulsions hit, it’s hard to imagine she’s the same person. I can’t claim to relate with what you go through, but I can tell you I live with someone who might and so to some small degree I understand how hard it can be.

        As for the comment, it just felt appropriate. You have done a remarkable job with your writing so far and I hope there’s more to come!


        1. Oh there is lots to come have no worries. Machine editing is using smart word processors to edit your work. I use Grammarly and ProWritingAid. Both help a great deal. Another tool to use is Hemingway App. Basically the idea behind them is like an advanced version of spell check. Instead it searches out grammar errors and overused phrases and suggest words like a thesaurus. It is not perfect and takes a human understanding of language to actually use the tools but they did assist and help production.

          So, if you are having trouble with writing in a formal fashion with a schedule you may be an organic writer. Organic writing is done by writers like Steven King while he has a general idea of what he is writing he generally wings the story. This can lead to a lot more to the book than really needs to be there, so that is a negative but the positive is it makes a story seem more original. People wont get the feeling they have read this before because it does not normally follow a three act structure so closely to be noticeable. If you want to increase your production and you have that style of writing then set yourself a word count per day. If you stick with that then you will be writing chapters like it was flowing like water.

          If a word count total does not work for you set yourself a time like an hour out of your day to write. If you even manage 500 words a day and you do that for a standard 20 days taking weekends and other holidays off you will have 10,000 words. If you do that for eight months you got yourself the standard size novel. So you will be producing a novel with just 500 words a day every year.

          Over time if you stick with it you will write faster because writing is like working out. You build muscle with constant resistance. Eventually you will be doing 3000 words a day and produce a book as little as a month and a half. So just get that focus up and enjoy yourself. This is just one technique with writing but I find it can help a lot. If you ever need tips or help with anything drop me a line any time.

          In fact I am consolidating topics for my upcoming video series on writing. So really any questions at all are very welcome and I most likely will address them in a video.


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