I’m M. Sydnor Jr.. Novelist and short story writer of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. You can find my books on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other online retailers. You can read many of my short stories on this site for free. I’ve been writing for over a decade and I’m still learning how to do it. Still growing. I’ve switched up the way I write, the things I write about, but the one thing that has always remained the same, is the process.
My writing process is probably different than yours. Probably more tedious, too, seeing how I’m gonna break each part into its own post. But that doesn’t make my process better or worse, just different. It’s what I’m used to. And I wanted to share it with all of you.
1. The Idea
If I’m watching a tv show or a movie, a scene could inspire me to expand and put my own twist on things. Sometimes, it’ll start with the character, maybe the world, but most of the time, it’s the plot. The moment that idea comes into my head, I’ll pause the show, run to the nearest notebook and sloppily write a one-two paragraph blurb about it. Then, I won’t look at it for, let’s say, a month. And with a fresh brain, I’ll turn to that page in the notebook, a lot of times unable to read it, wondering wtf kinda drugs I was on at the time (I don’t do drugs). But from that one-two paragraph blurb, it expands into a page long synopsis. Then, we have something to work with.
Another idea can come from a true story. But I’m a fictional writer of crazy, weird and horrific shit, so, I will wildly exaggerate a personal experience of mine and transform it into a nightmare. Example; Dawn of the Nessa, is based on my first time drinking/getting drunk at a party, I just added zombies. 🙂
Really, an idea can come from anything – everything. Yeah, I’m not a fan of this world sometimes-hell, most of the time, especially the people, but it has an unlimited amount of inspiration for the taking. You just have to go after it. Like the quote…
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