IWSG – The Walking Dead
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Ever have the feeling that you’re walking along with no more than your brainstem reacting to stimuli? That your frontal cortex is malfunctioning and the only emotional response you can elicit is a rehearsed nod and smile? Well then you are either a Zombie or a writer.
Speaking of Zombies, while watching The Walking Dead one night many things flashed through my brain. I know it never stops in Ciaraland. Anyhoo, as the Zombies were meandering through the streets looking for fresh meat, the characters start honking to say goodbye. I’m like really? My DH shouts, “Too stupid to live!” Yep, he’s actually been listening to me. J He was right, yet we still watch the show. Why? Four episodes later all I can say is that it has that ‘it’ factor, that inexplicable thing that draws viewers in despite the horrific plot flaws, gore, and characters that would barely score higher than the zombies on an IQ test. (Please don’t hate me, you know it’s true.)
While working on my upcoming release, Escapement, I started to get a little nervous. You see Weighted, the prequel novelette to The Neumarian Chronicles, is getting some attention. I’m actually receiving emails from readers asking when the next book will be released. I’ve written, revised, cut, slashed, and left it a pile of goo for the characters on The Walking Dead to hide under so the Zombies won’t smell them. But does it have that same thing that drew readers into Weighted?
Have you ever been concerned about letting your readers down? Have you watched The Walking Dead? If so, why do you think people watch it? Did you understand anything I just wrote or am is brain just mush?
Let me know what you are struggling with. I’ll try my best to remain focused long enough to…Squirrel!