Day #4 of the NANOWRIMO. I have 4,979 words written. I'm on track to hit 50k words by the end of the month.
I want this book to feel like a found object from the Lost Zombies universe. We captured that feeling perfectly with Dead Inside: Do Not Enter. My goal with this story is to create a book that achieves 4 things:
1. It should feel real. I want it to feel as though it was written in the midst of a zombie outbreak.
2. It should feel epic in scope. I want the story to be personal but at the same time it should suggest an epic scale, so that when you read it there's a sense that this is only a fraction of the story.
3. It should feel layered. I want it to feel less like a straight forward story and more like a fractured collection of writings that tell a complete story. Each scene should feel like a separate layer.
4. It should feel new. Zombies are popular right now and I don't want to regurgitate an already existing story. The story, characters, voice and structure of the book should feel new.
Currently the story is structured as a series of journal entries written in the first person from the perspective of the main character. I like this structure but it has some flaws… First it prevents me from being able to add an additional perspective on the story. Second, there's a question of why someone would be writing about their life in journal format under the unusual circumstances they're in. Finally, the journal format has been done in other zombie books. I can make it work if I need to but I have a few ideas on how to better achieve my goals. I thought I would share my thought process and get input from you guys.
I'm considering adding a second narrator who is compiling various writings by the main character and even interviewing the main character. My thought with this approach is that I can add a second perspective to shed more light on specific plot points. Additionally, using the context of an interview adds a layer of realism while at the same time allowing me to probe the main character to talk about difficult issues that he may not naturally write about in a his journal. Also I can take the questions you guys give me and use them as interview questions. Finally I can have all sorts of writings by the main character: journal entries, letters, notes, interviews, photos, sketches, etc. The second narrator/interviewer could compile these various elements(layers) and sprinkle them throughout to better tell the story and achieve the goals above.