#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 5: The Reader of a Child Zombie Killers Diary

So, to finish off this tag, I’ve decided to group the whole of the questions in to one blog post and tell you all about the reader of Mel’s diary – Albert!

To check out Melanies four-part character development series, click here to start at part one!

Abert (or Al) is my second protagonist from my NaNoWriMo 2017 Project ‘The Diary of A Child Zombie Killer’ – and if you need a small recap on what it was all about, check it out below!

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Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al finds the 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…

My Main Character:

A forty-year old called Albert (or Al).

Their Backstory:

Al lived with his wife and daughter, and short of being a very important buisness man in his earlier years, he’s now a proud house husband who cooks the dinners, does the washing and make sure his daughter get’s to school on time! His wife is part of a team of scientists, who may or may not have started the zombie apocalypse in the first place.

What Does Your Main Character Value?

Above all else, he values family and friends. Which he doesn’t have many off at any point in his life, but, still, he wouldn’t be without them.

What is Your Characters Most Valuable Trait?

Al is very reasonable when he needs to be. He can quite easy diffuse stupid confrontations and dilemmas, and is definitely someone you can go to if you want some hard-truths.

If Your Character was one of the Deadly Seven Sins, Which one Would They be?

This is a hard one, but he would have probably been Gluttony before the apocalypse started. He really does love his food, and even now, he’s more likely to eat a chocolate bar he finds than give it to his daughter.

What Makes Your Character Relatable?

Al’s absolutely terrified of what the world will do to him if he lets it. He feels like he often has no idea what he’s doing, and the lack of control easily makes him go mad!

What Does Your Character Consider Immoral?

Murder. Although he has killed live people before, he thinks it’s completely immoral and shouldn’t ever be done.

And What Moral Might Your Character Excuse or Sidestep?

Betrayal. But, only because, the world they live in, people are going to focus on themselves and the people they love before anyone else, and how can you hold that against them.

Who Does Your Character Love More Than Anything or Anybody?

Al loves his daughter – Josie.

Who Gets Under Your Characters Skin?

Josie! She’s growing up and being a typical teenager who whines and moans when she doesn’t get what she wants..

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

Being alone would end up killing him. He’d hate to lose his daughter, or to be bitten by a zombie, but being alone would break him in to pieces you could not fix.

Who or What is a Bad Influence on Your Character?

His apocalypse-born best friend, Rhys, is the baddest influence of all! He encourages Al to let loose a little bit, and, gives him a chance to be the immature bachelor he never got to be!

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

With his reasonability, Al is most likely going to be the one who breaks up a fight.

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

From looking at him, he looks old and cold. And, very stand-offish, but he’s quite soft and kind, and deep down, a good guy.

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

Like Mel, he looks for trust! It’s now one of the most important things that you can hold on to.

What Would be on Your Main Characters Bucket List?

Al has always wanted to live in a house where one of the rooms is lined with book cases, preferably filled with memoirs!

He also wanted to be a milk man when he was little!

What are Your Characters Emotional Strengths and Weaknesses?

Strengths

He’s been through a lot, and he’s very street-wise!

Weakness’

Al finds very easy to get anxious and depressed, and in turn, turn in to a very moany and sulky person.

What are you Characters Physical Strengths and Weaknesses?

Strengths

Al is quite strong, thanks to all the fat he once had from his over-eating that turned to muscle because of all the running and carrying he does!

Weakness’

Al finds it really hard to climb. If it wasn’t for Rhys having the strength to pull him up over walls and on to the top of bins, he would probably be dead by now. It’s not that he’s not strong enough to do it, he’s just scared of heights and the fear of it effects him a lot more than he’d like to admit!

What Does Your Character do When They’re Upset?

Al will read when he’s upset – which means he’s able to read Mel’s diary quite quickly as a lot of horrible things start to happen between the time he finds it, and the time he finishes.

Special Skills and/or Weapon of Choice?

Al loves his shovels and spades! He has an old rusty one that he keeps near his bed, just in case, but is always on the look out for a nice, non-rusted one that perhaps someone left in a shed and forgot about.

Still not found one yet, but he’s still hoping!

What is Your Character’s Greatest Fear?

The same thing that would break him – being alone!

Significant Objects or Symbols for Your Character?

Melanie’s Diary! Obviously!

And, a swiss army ruck sack that he found early on in the apocalypse and carries around with him everywhere!

Nervous Habits or Ticks?

When he’s nervous, Al scratches at his ear. Not many people notice it, but Rhys does! And, uses it to make sure that his friend stays calm, and helps him get through it without letting him know that he knows.

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

Al can be very rash, and sometimes, he just doesn’t think before he says things. It can get him in trouble, but, it can also get him out of a lot of trouble too!

What Does it Take to Tick Them Off?

Stragglers and bums! Al really detests people who sit on their arses and don’t do anything, and in the apocalyptic world, bums are even more noticeable, but, half the time, their the ones that get killed first, much to the guilty pressure of Al!

However, stragglers also annoy the hell out of him. In this world, you can’t be slow, but, he does make exceptions. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have his best friend Rhys, and, he wouldn’t have his wise old man Patrick!

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

Al has always been very defensive, but, not always in a judgmental, defend his honor kind of way. He’s defensive in the way that he would only fight back if the need arose – which includes risk to his life, and risk to the lives of his group.

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

Al ranges about six out of ten on the patient scale! Not too great at all, but still, he can hold it back a bit more than some people!

In What Ways Could Your Character Grow as a Person?

Take a few more risks, and be a bit more immature before the world takes his life away.

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

He learns to face his fears for the ones he loves.

And maybe he also dies, just like Melanie. Or maybe they meet up and become a super-group.. Or maybe he turns in to a zombie. Maybe I have no idea what happens to him…

This is just a little aesthetic board that I created for Al! I think it sums him up perfectly!


And, I’m hoping to start posting a bit more! It won’t be every day, but perhaps every two days, you’ll have something new to read on my blog if you wish too!

So, until next time guys,

Just Keep Writing,

Jade x

Mel and Al Word Vomit The Zombie Apocalypse!

Do you think that would be a good title for a book? I think I’d have to add ‘And they whine a lot’ as a slogan, but, yeah!

So, I am currently at 19,062 words!!!

I’m well on track, and I have no idea how! Like, I have literally just word vomited the lot! But, it’s the sort of book that gives itself to that. It revolves around a twelve year old’s diary in the zombie apocalypse, so add in puberty, PMS, loneliness and zombie killing, and you got one poor little kid who has no idea what she’s supposed to do, and all these thoughts and feelings and once-in-a-life-time experiences are happening to her, and the only way she can make sense of it, is by writing the words down on paper (Which is then found by a forty-something-year-old man!)

I’m also in the mind-set that I have to write everyday, and that I can’t edit, which I think is just a feat in itself! If you can get them down, NaNo will be a breeze! You’ll get to 50k or whatever goal your wanting easily!

I’ll be honest though, this ‘book’ might turn in to a novella or even a short story when I edit it (maybe not a short story, but you get the jist), but at least I wrote my word count goal in 30 days, so, yeah! Like NaNo tells us. Quantity gives you Quality!

And, if you love the story enough, if your passionate about it, once all the words are down, you’ll be able to create something beautiful with (or without) them!

I gace had a few set backs, a couple days where not that much was written (in retrospect to the other days), and I’ve made a few changes with the story I’m writing, changes I didn’t think I’d need to do, but, none-the-less, even though my main character goes from third to first to third and to first perspective every time he talks and thinks something, at least I don’t have to worry about it until editing comes along!

Editing might kill you, but at least you can say that you wrote a book!

This first person, it’s so weird to write in! I’m getting the hang of it though, and I think I’ve distinguished between the two voices, but whether it stays first or third in the next draft, we won’t know until it happens!

Anyway, I need to get back to writing said story, so,

Just Keep Writing

And don’t edit nothing till you write ‘The End’ on November 30th!

Jade