I never planned to write about zombies. 28 Days Later freaked me out, and Pot has a long-standing fear of the Zombie Apocalypse (though here are some very excellent reasons why humans will survive–Pot’s not buying it. It only covers the undead kind and doesn’t cover all these ways the ZA could happen.). So, yeah, while I have a sort of academic interest in the science of zombies, they never entered my radar for something I wanted to write about.
Yesterday Pot and I were brainstorming about Devil’s Eye. I’d gone through yet another outline that we both agreed was just weak and didn’t deliver the goods. Deciding that the Devil’s Eye is an artifact was a step in the right direction, but the concept hadn’t been fully developed. This story has, from the beginning, had a great setup that went…well, nowhere really. So we had to go back to the root and she made me think about what I want to give the reader with this story–you know, beyond the whole “another title”, “a glimpse into my world”, and “something for free”. And what it came down to was action and a thirst for more adventure. Adventure was sorely lacking in this story. I’m finding it very VERY hard to come up with something that fits in the short, bite-sized package I’m wanting to offer. So I cut everything back to the First Plot Point, which left me with just over 5k of story. My beginning, as I said, is solid.
So we’re sitting there and she’s freestyle spewing ideas for stuff that could happen and she says “Pinch point one ought to be something about them coming up against guardians of the Eye.”
To which I immediately said, “Zombies.”
Honestly, I was kind of being facetious at the time. But then we followed the plot line through to the end. And it worked. So now there are zombies and a demon and a little bit of Indiana Jones in subterranean crypts in New Orleans. Yes, I do know that New Orleans is below water level. I’ve got that covered. Now I kind of feel compelled to go watch Temple of Doom to set the mood.