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Age : 35
Location : Colorado Springs, CO
Registration date : 2019-02-11

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PostSubject: Help Penguin Write a Novel   Help Penguin Write a Novel EmptySat Mar 02, 2019 8:26 pm

I considered putting this thread in The Round Table, but since it relates specifically to research for a novel, I thought I might get some better feedback from those interested in literature here. As the title of the thread states, I'm writing a novel. Since I don't have much in the way of social groups in "the real world," I'd appreciate any feedback I can get from this forum.

The Summary
In short, my novel is the story of a mentally ill and physically disabled combat veteran fighting to protect those he loves in the midst of a pseudo-zombie apocalypse in Colorado Springs. Vincent Achan lost everyone he cared about shortly after being medically retired from the U.S. Army for injuries sustained in combat. He spent the following six years working and living in a homeless shelter under the guidance of his friend, mentor, and boss, "Padre" MacDougall.

When a terrorist attack in Colorado Springs sends the city into chaos, Vincent's priority is to save those he loves from the zombie-like victims of a biological weapon and the mercenaries combing the city to contain the situation. As events progress, Vincent uncovers a plot involving shadow organizations bent on national and global domination, and it falls upon Vincent to rally the survivors, expose the perpetrators, and keep himself from falling victim to the "demons" in his own mind.

The Difficulty
What I've discovered in writing this novel is that it's incredibly difficult to engineer a zombie apocalypse in a believable way. I've had to enter into the territory of conspiracy theories and attempt to create a conspiracy that is plausible, however improbable it might be.

What I've come up with is a near-future (meaning ~50 years) scenario in which there is a private military monopoly conglomerate, akin to Resident Evil's "Umbrella Corporation." The leaders conspire with a corrupt segment in the federal government to essentially create a coup, using a black flag operation that will ultimately leave the blame with a terrorist organization. The War on Terror would escalate, the corrupt government officials would (in their view) be able to use previously untapped latitude in dealing with threats to the U.S., and the conglomerate of companies would be made more wealthy and influential.

I struggle with using such a plot because it seems like it might be too far-fetched. I thought my "zombies" would be the unbelievable part, but as it turns out, it's easier to create a biological agent that makes a person behave like a zombie than I thought it would be. The struggle isn't the pathogen, but the means by which that pathogen is inserted into the populace.

If you're still with me at this point, my question to you is whether you feel the series would be too complicated to follow, too unbelievable (even for the zombie sci-fi genre), or if you think it might actually work to tell a good story.
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D.L.Ruth

D.L.Ruth

Age : 39
Location : NC
Registration date : 2018-10-03

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PostSubject: Re: Help Penguin Write a Novel   Help Penguin Write a Novel EmptySat Mar 02, 2019 9:09 pm

I think it sounds like a good plot (I absolutely love a good zombie story so I be a bit biased). As far as it being too "unbelievable" I don't know of any zombie stories that are really believable. I like to be able to read books like that to be able to step out of reality and enjoy the non believable. I have read some where I could believe IF a zombie/viral outbreak were to happen then that is how it would be. Good luck with the writing and I look forward to reading it when it's complete.
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Valdus

Valdus

Age : 51
Location : Nawlins
Registration date : 2019-05-15

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PostSubject: Saturation    Help Penguin Write a Novel EmptyFri May 24, 2019 3:19 pm

The only thing I personally, and this is to say not everyone, struggle with is the saturation of the zombie genre. In my humble, you got to do something off the wall weird or spin in such an original way that it takes the reader by storm.

Of that I only have slight ideas. Some aspect of zombie that could be different is there aspect, speed, craving, action (why not have zombies that act normal then when some full moon, or a GOV Inc. [you can use that] horn goes off- they go crazy) maybe Colorado Springs is ground zero for a test template? Maybe BECAUSE of our hero's injuries, he is immune and that why GOV Inc. wants him. Why is he immune?

Oh damn brainstorm, maybe GOV Inc. tried it out when Hero was on a mission. He saw his buddies infected and he survives. Now he is seeing the same signs in Colorado. No one believes him. Or was that the plot for "They Live"?

Whoa when I sling this much crap, its time to pack a bowl, stick it in my mouth and shut up!
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GeoffC

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Age : 53
Location : USA
Registration date : 2011-10-23

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PostSubject: Re: Help Penguin Write a Novel   Help Penguin Write a Novel EmptyFri May 24, 2019 4:45 pm

I love where this thread is going.  I did a binge on fiction books that would probably be in the vein of SHTF/Prepping category.  Storyline was compelling but what also had me hooked is how the hero's survived without power or cars or safety net.   I wonder is some of that could be worked into the story.  Hmmmmm.
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