What I learned about writing from zombie plots

Hi, kids–

So I’ve been following the series Walking Dead, as some of you know. It’s a zombie apocalypse series, and what I find interesting about it is how interpersonal human drama plays out against a backdrop like this.

In that regard, Walking Dead is what I’d call a mixture of Lord of the Flies, The Road Warrior, and Night of the Living Dead. Because ultimately, what apocalyptic and dystopic scenarios come down to is the people dealing with them, and the power struggles within the groups of survivors.

There’s no story in a zombie apocalypse if there aren’t non-zombies therein having to cope with it. And there’s no story in a dystopic society in which a tyrant rules all unless there’s a segment of the population battling that or thinking about battling it. Stories are all about conflict, whether internal or external.

So let’s go have a think about that, shall we? 😀

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Elements of Writing: Point of View

Originally posted September 17, 2008

Hi, all. Thought I’d actually start doing some stuff related to writing over here. As you may know, I’m also an editor. I spent about 13 years in publishing–mostly academic, but I also did mainstream freelancing, which I’m doing all the time now. I edit for academic and mainstream presses as well as individual clients. So yeah, fiction AND nonfiction.

So let’s talk a bit about fiction writing and point o’ view (POV).

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