How to Write a Zombie Scene

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Note: Think about what portion of the zombie apocalypse you want to cover. Do you want to write about the start of it or once it’s already in progress, or once people are starting to find a cure, or once they are rebuilding society?

Part One

  1. What caused zombies to appear? 

»A. Could be the apocalypse, a cure to a disease that turned the minds into a deadly weapon.Someone injected people with a substance or mother nature herself.

I. If it’s a disease that’s turning people into zombies, maybe have a group of immune people.
 
    
II. Did people get forced to get the substance? Were there people who hid? Describe how the substance first began changing the humans. What was the first signs? 
  

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»B. When did this epidemic begin and did anyone try to nip it in the bud before it got out of hand? Is it still contained??

I.  The army will be one of the first lines of defense. After the National/Home Guard and before all of them will be First Responders like EMTs and firemen and the police. First someone could be dying from the virus then when they turn into a zombie, attack someone else. which would attract the attention of the law enforcement and paramedics. THEN when the ERs are overflowing with attack victims, people will start dying by the bucket loads and a new wave of zombies will develop and turn to attack everyone else in the ER and the Hospital.

By the time the Army gets involved it will out of control and all they will be doing is adding to the legion of zombies.

 
  
II. If it’s still contained, how much time is left before it gets worse. What is the main character’s plan to escape this chaos? Who is joining them? 
  
III. If it’s inescapable then state what the characters do to prepare for the worse. In terms of soul or spiritual. Do they pray, meditate, chant, remain quiet without speaking until a zombie comes, sing, scream, work out, etc?  
  

Part Two

    1. What resources does the main character have to protect themselves and defeat the zombies?

»A. Can they use makeshift weapons? Do they already have weapons prepared? Were they expecting this to happen? What happens if they run out or someone needs to borrow their stuff?

I. Describe to the reader how these weapons were made or show them how the character creates more. Are they sturdy or fall about easily. What are they made with? 
  
II. If they were expecting this to happen then you can show the reader the room of the character and all the books, posters and magazines about zombies or the Apocalypse. You can also use dialogue that makes the character seem like they have a degree in zombiology.  
  
III. If they run out or someone wants to borrow their most prized possessions, then how does the character react? How easy or hard would it be for them to go out and get the material needed? Or do they have to wing it and hope for the best? 
  

Suggest YOUR Scene Idea

 

»B. Have they been practicing? Are they able to take down a few? How much hope do they have to survive the zombie attacks? Can their family survive too, and how many “fighters” or knowledgeable people are there in the group?

I. A great way to demonstrate how skilled the character is, is by having them practice on targets. What techniques and move do they have? DO people rely on them to tell them what to do next? How much faith do they have in themselves? Have they taken down a few zombies already and kept some body parts as souvenirs.. 
  
II. Someone might have to leave or something. Especially if there isn’t enough food and water. OR, if the character is the only one that knows how to fight or knows anything about zombies for that matter. Teaching can take a while and is risking in situations like these. So splitting up the family might have to happen and whoever gets the short end of the stick is out of luck!

  
 

Part Three

    1. Where does this scene take place and what maze will this scene go through?

»A. What city, state, country, planet does this take place in and what are the rules for killing half-dead people?Where are the boundaries and where can they go and not go. Can they go out after 5 pm? Or is that when all hell breaks loose? How many citizens are left where they’re at? What does the area look like in terms of cars, homes, weather?

I. If the authorities are not around and everyone is doing whatever they want, then there will be crime and violence outside of just the zombie scene. Add in some sights and descriptions about what the characters might see of this when traveling to their destination.

 
  
II. Is the character and their family alone? How do they gain the trust of more people? What is a sign or gesture that allows them to know they can be trusted. How do they measure who they want on their team? By strength, agility? looks?  
  
III. Sun can be scortching a no more air conditioner. Thunder, lightening and rain can cause the characters to not see the zombies coming. Or risk injury and incidents. Snow, storms, etc. Cars can be scattered around the city, homes can be destroyed or broken into.
  

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»B. A maze is formed when people leave their items and things scattered after running in fear. Cars are all over the roads. Weeds are growing 8 feet tall. Glass, bodies and belongings are spread all across the land. Does the main character know the maze by heart? Have they tread it multiple times? DO the zombies know their way around the maze or can they not get past a certain point? How about the people? Is there a wall built to keep both zombies and people out/away?

I. Have they created a map of the city and all it’s exits? Do they refarain from going in a certain directions because they know or can predict what might happen if they do? Do they have to closer their eyes and count to ten before passing a certain car because they know a zombie might pop out of nowhere? Do they throw things that may gain the attention of zombies in order to distract them while the character escapes or goes another way.
 
  
II. Is there an exit for the people? Are the zombies catching on to the tricks and maneuvers of the character? Do the zombies come up with tricks of their own to capture their lunch?!
 
  
 

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Part Four

    1. What is sacrificed and what is gained?
      Note: Be sure to let the readers get to know the characters. to like them and care enough about them BEFORE their lives are put on the line.

»A. Lives, belongings, health, and such can be sacrifice to protect the overall people. What has the character lost and what will the character lose in the future. Presently, they lost security, peace and freedom.

I. Maybe some of the survivors go insane and are paranoid everyone after them and starts to turn on innocent people. Maybe one finds out their loved one dies and goes on a rampage for revenge.  
  
II.
Usual flow of a zombie survival:
-Zombie apocalypse
-Walking corpses everywhere
-Group join together
-Traveling toward a ‘safe-zone’ all the way across the country
-Along the way, the people slowly whither away and die
-Finally they reach the safe zone
-It’s either actually there, in which case they celebrate, or it’s not, in which case they die
 
  
 

»B. What have they gained? Knowledge, anger, muscles, alliances? They’ll need to find weapons and shelter, food and clothing. Civilization is a foreign word to them now.

I. Add some other elements in too. Maybe some romance between the survivors.

 
  
 

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Part Five

    1. In what condition does both the zombie and the main character stand, especially after a battle?

»A. What do they have to look forward to and what will they dread next?

I. Is it all over or did they only clear their city of all attacks? Do they use a zombie to experiment on, to create better weapons or know the reason why they are like that? 
  

II. Is there any last minute surprises, twists and turns? Does the zombie get smarter? Come out of no where and attack? Is it a false peace and serenity?
 
  
III. What does the reader and protagonist dread? How can the characters look forward to the next day if they can’t even sleep without knowing there are more still out there. Do they feel like they’ve won or lost? Are they away that the battle has only begun?

 
  

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