#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 4: The End Of A Child Zombie Killer?

So, this is the last part of the #MyCharactersAreReal tag, and most probably, gonna be the last post about Melanie for at least a month or so! I’m still toying with the idea of doing another four posts, all with the questions from this challenge going to Albert – the forty-odd year old guy who finds Mel’s diary – but I haven’t decided on it yet!

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the other three parts yet. Here are the links to them: Part One, Part Two & Part Three.

And, here is a synopsis for the Nanowrimo project this whole tag is based on!

Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al, finds a diary of the twelve-year-old Melanie. Inside, it documents the beginning of the apocalypse and the world she experiences. He doesn’t want it to ever finish; but he can see the un-penned, blank pages at the end. Did she decide she didn’t need it? Did she lose it? Or did she die…


Nervous Habits or Ticks?

Although, not mentioned in the diary, because it’s not really something that Melanie notices, because it’s something she sort of does unintentionally, is bob her knee when she’s nervous!

Do They Immediately Say Whats on Their Mind or Put Their Thoughts Through a Filter?

She thinks before she speaks. She’s a well-mannered kid most of the time, and she knows how much words can hurt you. This doesn’t mean that in tense moments, she won’t say things that could potentially hurt people, but, in every day life, she thinks about the words.

What Does it Take to Tick Them Off?

Liars really tick her off, only because she see’s no real need for it. White lies, fair enough, but not the sort of lies that can hurt you, that could end up killing someone if you said them enough. The world she lives in needs trust now than anything else, and it’s hard to come by, even in the early months.

In Most Situations if Your Character Passive, Aggressive or Defensive?

To begin with, she’s very passive, she doesn’t like to fight. She’d much rather run away, but as time goes on, she becomes defensive, but, if she didn’t, she’d end up dead. Simple as that.

On a Scale of One to Ten, How Patient is Your Character?

Probably an eight out of ten. She’s not easily rused, and she can accept that people aren’t perfect at it the first time. I think kids have a lot more tolerance than grown ups, which mean they have a better advantage at accepting people as they are, and therefor, living longer.

In What Ways Could Your Character Grow as a Person?

Melanie could probably benefit at being able to read people better, but, I’m sure she’s on the right track.

What Does Your Character Learn by The End of The Story?

If you look long enough, you can make yourself believe that the monsters are your friends….

Or, maybe I have no idea yet. Or maybe she dies, and gets eaten by zombies. Or she turns in to one. Who knows?

I do!

Anyway, that was the end of this! It’s been a bit different, using an instagram tag as a blog post, but it’s been nice to sort of delve back in to Mel’s journey and look at some things I perhaps hadn’t considered before!

By the end of this post now, I think I’ve decided that I will continue the tag over for Albert, considering he is the other main character and need’s just as much development as Mel does! So, if you’re feeling it, look out for it next Sunday! Whether it’ll be a whole post with all the questions, or split out over two parts – or four, I’m not sure yet, but, it’ll happen! I’ll need it for when camp nano comes back around in April!

Also this following week, I have my second guest post over at WelcometoRealiti’s blog publishing itself on Tuesday I believe, and my monthly wrap-up on Wednesday!

I can’t believe February is already over. Like, how the heck did that even happen?

Anyway, until then,

Just Keep Writing,


#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 2: Tigs, The Child Zombie Killers Cat

And, here is part two of the #MyCharactersAreReal Tag (hosted by ellerymarconnor) on Instagram!

This is so fun to do, and is really helping me to get a better handle on the motivations and quirks of my protagonist in my 2017 NaNoWriMo project! And is making me delve in to things I hadn’t ever considered!

Check out Part One

And here’s a recap on what my 2017 NaNoWriMo Project was all about:


Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al, finds a diary of the twelve-year-old Melanie. Inside, it documents the beginning of the apocalypse and the world she experiences. He doesn’t want it to ever finish; but he can see the un-penned, blank pages at the end. Did she decide she didn’t need it? Did she lose it? Or did she die…

Who Does Your Character Love More Than Anything or Anybody?

Before the apocalypse, she loved her family; her mam, step-dad and her sister Amber. Don’t get me wrong, she still loves them after the apocalypse too, but right now, it’s Tigs the cat! She’s the only one that Melanie has left to remind her of any of them – and, as cats go, she’s quite typical of a moggy who doesn’t always want to be around, and often goes on little adventures when Melanie’s not looking!


Who Gets Under Your Characters Skin?

Tigs! The cat often makes her mutter and curse to herself when she decides to go off on her own.

Who or What Could Break Your Character (even if it doesn’t happen in your book)

It changes throughout the story. Melanie has to grow up very quickly, she see’s terror, betrayal, chaos, killing, and I think, she’s already very broken by the end of the book. I think what pushes her over the edge, is having to defend herself against what’s left of the people she once knew.

I think, another thing that could easily break her is simply, losing Tigs…

Who or What is a Bad Influence on Your Character?

Before, it would have been her friend – Emma. She could convince Melanie to do absolutely anything – even stick her toe in a fire! Now, she doesn’t have anyone or anything to convince her to do anything, she need’s to make the choices for herself. Although, Tigs the Cat does have a want to get in to things she shouldn’t – and Melanie had to try to get her out! (So maybe Tigs)

Is Your Character the One to Instigate the Fight, Break it up or Stand Back?

To begin with, she was always the peace keeper among her friends. Melanie was always the one to make things okay again, a sort of a go between when two of her friends were arguing. But now, considering the situations she’s in, she stands back. She has enough to worry about than other people’s problems as well!

When Someone First Meets Your Character, What do They Think of Them?

Melanie is young! She’s only twelve! So people just assume she’s naive and young and needs looking after, but then, as the book progresses, people appreciate her more because she is on her own (and she’s still alive). There are still some that treat her like a child, but there are others that don’t.

What Does Your Character Look for in an Ally or Friend?

Before, she just looked for people with similar interests! She was your typical schoolgirl who liked to watch movies, and read books, and enjoyed a game of rounders once in a while! But, now, if she had to look for something, she’d look for trust! Because that’s the only thing that really matters now…

I can’t, like, even explain how fun these prompts are to do! I really am hoping that I’ll be able to finish the second draft of this book by the end of the year so I can get some beta-readers opinions on it!

Part three will be with you next Sunday!

But, until then

Just keep Writing,

Jade x

Check out Part Three