The Illusive “Process”

As promised, I will post about my writing process…or lack thereof…

Look…it’s complicated. I’m not really sure WHAT my process is. I’ve read many writing books and read the author sites that give you their tips and tricks but nothing has…stuck.

  • I’ve tried creating summaries of what’ll happen in each chapter
  • I’ve tried graphs, lists and diagrams
  • I’ve tried writing out profiles of my characters (but knowing them hasn’t been the issue…)


But as I’m planning everything out, I get…excited/anxious/HYPER WITH CREATIVE ENERGY!

I want to write so bad because I’m SO inspired but then I started writing and end up hitting a road block. I know how my story starts and ends but the middle is…vague to say the least.

*Sighs* I guess I’m a what-no-to-do example, aren’t I?

Gawd, short stories are so much easier. I just have an idea and roll with it.

Mmmmm…maybe I should treat each chapter like a short story. I’ll give it a go and let you know what comes of it. You know, I used to think published writers were trying to wiggle themselves out of answering on what their writing process was like. As though it was a secret recipe or something.

It’s not.

The best way to explain how individualized this process can be is by asking you what your studying style is.

Can you do it in the middle of a cafe? Do you need peace and quiet like what a library offers? Or are you like me and it depends on the subject? Maybe music with lyrics are better than music without? Is your room OUT of the question and do you have a routine you go through before you get started?

Maybe you need to bribe yourself. An example of that would be: For every chapter you read equals an episode of Walking Dead (It helped with my Sociology class…).

Our processes are different in writing as well and searching for the right one is another chore life has thrown us – blah – but, alas, this chore will reap some awesome rewards (ie. a finished manuscript ready for the query stage).

Anyways, writing this manuscript is becoming harder than I thought *screams into pillow*

Until next time,

A. A. Omer

Obsessions & Preoccupations #1

So I have many things on my mind or have been obsessing over lately and decided to bash your heads with a club and drag you into my cave (ie. my head). That sounded very violent now that I think about it…


  • I discovered a new blog, Scraps: Iniquitousfish, by Meredith McClaren who is an artist and has a HILARIOUS journal comic that you must read because, well, it’s HILARIOUS. I personally connect with the bottom one the most. I mean who hasn’t…

 – By Meredith McClaren

  • There’s a Kickstarter going on for writer/artist Kelly Thompson for her novel, The Girl Who Would Be King, which is marvelous and deserves some backing/checking out. Her goal of 8, 000 has already been met last I checked but you should still check it out anyways because it’s a great story with two wonderful female leads. You can read a couple of the chapters on her website so CHECK THAT OUT.
  • So I saw two movie trailers that had me both excited and surprised. I, like many of you, have been waiting for Taken 2 after seeing awesomeness that was the first (Oh, Liam…my movie father) and now you can see the trailer! The other trailer I saw was unexpected. It’s a movie based on the James Patterson’s series, Alex Cross, which I had no clue was being turned into a film. I read these books in high school and they were the ones that set me on my path towards taking Criminology as my major. What surprised me more was who they chose to play Alex Cross (who is African-American by the way): Tyler Perry. Normally I would bitch and moan because I wouldn’t think Tyler Perry would be a good choice (more along the lines of Denzel Washington maybe) but after seeing the trailer…I’m sold. He’d make a great Alex Cross and I can’t wait to see it.
  • Comics. They’re always on my mind since I’ve started getting into them when the New 52 was launched through DC and I’ll be getting the new comics from the last month this weekend. The closet comic book store is a 20-30 minute bus ride away and I can’t go every Wednesday so I end up going at the end of every month instead. SO I’M PSYCHED! But speaking of comics…
  • …I’ll be seeing The Amazing Spider Man with one of my best friends this up coming Tuesday evening (Oh Andrew Garfield…*Swoons*)

Those are my current obsessions and preoccupations. I’ll be sure to bombard you with more soon.

Adios (In the spirit of Spain’s win over Portugal yesterday during Euro2012),

A. A. Omer

You Read What? Book Reviews: Matched and Crossed

I Crossed My Heart with a Hope to Match


I’m not sure if it’s just me or are my intros getting cornier. YES! This is a review of two novels in a trilogy by the lovely Ally Condie: Matched and Crossed. They are from the dystopia genre and are very popular Young Adult books as well.

Here’s a quick synopsis!


In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

The synopsis for Crossed could spoil Matched for those who haven’t read it so if you have read it (or don’t mind the spoiler), come hither to the other side of the “continue reading” button…

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YOU READ WHAT? Book Reviews Post: What Kills Me

Hey! Channing Bit Me…

Hello Fellow Book Lovers and the Occasional Traveler,

Today’s review is about a book by a wonderful new writer and Twitter buddy of mine: Wynne Channing. What Kills Me is Channing’s debut novel about a girl, a well full of blood and a vampire society who wants her dead.

Yup. A well full of blood. Here’s a synopsis:

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

I feel I should preface by saying that there might be some spoilers in this post. Don’t want to have this story spoiled? Don’t venture on. Yes, I said venture… 🙂

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Chapter Two of new story done.

And it only took a couple of hours of being in the “WRITING ZONE”

Hey Guys,

If you haven’t yet noticed, I’m really excited by the fact that I’ve finished Chapter 2 of my manuscript. It’s a really REALLY rough draft of Chapter 2 but it exists nonetheless. I’ll probably edit it tomorrow. It’s, again, 7 pages long with 2188 words. The word and page count for both Chapter 1 and 2 will go up since they’re only the basic outline of the ideas I wanted to express in those particular chapters. I’m just plotting down the guts and will mold them in a prettier way later in the editing process.

Until then,

I’ll be doing a happy dance.


A. A. Omer