Mar 19

Zombie Week 2011: Final day!

Zombies, zombies everywhere and not a brain to chew…

Thank you to everyone who had commented on my blog this week, it was great to get some feedback on certain elements on the zombie worlds…and now for something really boring!

It’s fair to say that I’ve hit my fair share of ‘snags’ whilst writing this novel. As is the same with all fiction writing a writer will invariably stumble across inaccuracies and inconsistencies in their first draft. This is completely normal of course; it is after all a FIRST draft. Never intended to be seen by any other living, or undead, being.  A first draft should be rough and coarse, perfected in later drafts and revisions.

However, some of the inconsistencies in my current WIP are more from indecision and uncertainty rather than from the spilling of words and dropping of incorrect grammar in the race to get the words down on paper as they leak from my brain.

For instance, if the zombies rot away as a normal dead body would then how could they possibly take over the world? Cold weather would freeze the blood if it didn’t flow and heat would expand gasses within the body causing major ruptures in the flesh. But if they don’t rot away then I need plenty of explanation of why the flesh wouldn’t rot, or blood pooling in the lower body parts causing their legs to swell and become useless.

What I’m trying to get at is that even in a zombie book, generally classed as less intelligent fiction, world building needs to take place. I will need to come up with sound scientific principles in order to explain the zombies and there every degenerating condition. I might not need to explain every single part but I will need to work it all out so that at least I understand it.

I’ll have to design buildings and streets and jobs and science and maps and a million other things in order to make the novel seem real.

Scratch that, not to make it SEEM real but to MAKE it real…

So basically when I get my 100,000 words, when I reach the target word count, type that magical last word of that magical last sentence – that’s when the real work will begin.

Apologies to everyone expecting a grand finish to the blog, I had a bit of a busy day and haven’t had much time to think of a subject for today’s post.

 Before I sign off for Zombie Week 2011 I’d like to give a big thank you to iZombie for covering my blog for a whole week! His posts have helped me corrupt gain a few more followers. To everyone still reading my posts can you please take a few moments to visit his site, you won’t regret it!

Until next year keep your machetes sharpened for the zombocalypse!

(But don’t leave for good! Normal blog service will resume tomorrow!)

2 comments

    • Jennifer Thomson on March 19, 2011 at 22:30
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    Sounds like you're thinking this all out Steve and being respectful to the genre, which has such loyal fans. I'm also writing a zombie novel, but more with the human survival angle. It's on the back burner for now, because I'm concentrating on my crime novel.

    I think it's interesting though to have a book set in Britain, because we don't have guns like America.

    • Ellie on March 20, 2011 at 17:06
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    What a great zombie week it's been for us and you! I can't wait to read your book.

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