The new project I’ve been working on involves zombies. I know, I know, the genre is saturated right now but I write to entertain myself, not to make money (for now), and I’ve been a fan of zombie stories forever.
I wasn’t sure how well my story would be received, it’s a little weird, so I was thinking about putting it up on Wattpad. It seemed like a good idea, little did I know the can of worms I was about to open.
As I got ready to upload the story I ran into my first problem, the title. When I’m writing I usually just slap a quick name on it and come up with something better later. The problem here was that the story isn’t quite done yet and no titles had jumped out at me.
Well, I’m a writer, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a couple words, right?
The can of worms:
I came up with about 15 different titles that I thought were fantastic and creative. To make sure they hadn’t already been used, or associated with an adult site, I googled them. Guess what happened? Every single one of them had already been in print or the movies. One of my favorites was a band name. If they were any good I might have considered using it anyway. Nope, moving on.
Every single one. That amazed me. Even the ones that weren’t that great had already been used. Either great minds think alike or I’m not nearly as creative as I think (quite likely).
Trying to come up with more ideas, I googled every one and had the same results. I’ve been at this for over an hour now. Wow. Just… Wow.
Back to square one. Again.
I’m a huge fan of the zombie genre, books, movies, games, and tv. Anything zombies and I’m interested.
Friends and family often ask me “Why zombies?” Of all the monsters out there, why are zombies so appealing to me?
For me, the easiest explanation is the same reason that “zombie” is often followed by “apocalypse”, zombies are a life changing, world changing monster. If you watch a vampire movie, by the end things usually go back to normal, same thing with werewolves or most monsters. Kill the monster/monsters and the next monday every one can go back to work and then catch up on the newest reality TV show that night. But with zombies, even if the immediate danger has passed the world at the end of the book/movie looks totally different than it did at the beginning.
Zombies aren’t just a monster, they’re a pandemic that devastates everything. They’re monsters and an apocalypse rolled into one. Just look at The Walking Dead, even if they managed to create a cure and kill all the remaining walkers it’ll be a long time before anything even remotely resembling normalcy returns. That’s what I find so appealing, a monster that changes the very face of the world that bred it, that affects everything.
For a long time I’ve wanted to write a zombie series along the lines of all the ones I’ve enjoyed over the years (you name the popular zombie series available for Kindle and I’ve probably read it). The idea of writing books like those almost makes me giddy and yet I’ve held back. Several other projects demanded my attention first.
My new project, without giving away too much in the way of spoilers is going to involve zombies. It might turn into a series, it might not, but the concept has me bouncing up and down like a five year old full of excitement. I’m not very far into it yet but I’m already enjoying myself immensely.
Hopefully there are plenty of other readers out there that enjoy zombies as much as I do. And hopefully they can take a joke because this isn’t going to be like any of the zombie books I’ve read so far.