I need some character/story help?
Topic: Help writing a zombie story
July 21, 2019 / By Christal Question:
I'm writing/drawing for a comic book idea I had about a dark version of the wizard of oz. From fairy tale to horror story I have warped the scarecrow into an armless jawless zombie, the cowerdly lion into a wolfman and Dorthy into a sexy young adult who kicks *** with the powers that the ruby slippers allow her to conjur up. What should I make the tin man? I want to stray away from a man made of metal components. I was thinking maybe a vampire that wear tin colored knights armor or something around those lines, or a man/metal componet created expierement with like cybernetic limbs minus the science + the steam punk. What say you? And for the wizard I was thinking of making him into a green bearded man/goblin with magic.
The wicked witch is still wicked but will look more old and creepy like in the Tin-Man mini series.
Best Answers: I need some character/story help?
Aureole | 2 days ago
Does this mean the wicked witch of the west is now the hero of the story?
You should have the wicked witch of the east somehow survive the house falling on her. Or, have her appear as a ghost.
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Originally Answered: Is this a good intro to a new story I'm writing, or does it go into the character backround story too fast?
Whoa, yeah, the whole anorexic thing came out of left field. Keep your information about the characters light, at first. Tip of the iceberg. Let us know she was anorexic, but leave out the rehab and their resulting change in relationship... it'll keep readers interested to see "ooh, anorexic?" instead of "oh... she USED to be anorexic.. but not anymore..."
The exciting part is "omg, are they going to DIE!?" not "hmm, I wonder what she was like before she got into this deadly peril?"
Also, who's the "You?" "You could see bone sticking out of her frail body" - keep it in the story by saying "Avelah could see bone" - saying "you" makes it feel awkward.
I couldn't help thinking a dark knight or something for the tin man. Or oh! Either a superrobot that looks like a human intent on stealing a human heart (because he doesn't have one, that's the tin man's thing in WO).
Or similarly, a vampire devoted to stealing a live, beating heart but hasn't succeeded because bloodlust takes over whenever he tries. I like the vamp idea better, I guess he could dress in grey.
For the Wizard, what about a troll? Who claims to have dark magical powers and scares everyone with that but doesn't.
Man, I kinda wish this was a manga now. Haha.
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So...no headless dark knight, don't ask, or power crazed cyborg?
And by cyborg, I mean like...Cyborg, from Teen Titans. Only a lot bigger, a lot more deadly, and a lot cooler. Half man, half metal components, totally indestructible with the ability to be reformed and upgraded. Hm, now I'm getting ideas...
Anyways, and for the wizard, what about a gremlin? But a goblin sounds better. Definitely.
Good look with that comic, by the way. Sounds really interesting.
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A Psycho murderer who uses metal components for murder.
thats all I can think of right now.
hope I helped.
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Originally Answered: Need a name for my story character?
A lot depends on the kind of story your writing, the significance of the character and where and when the character is from. The description of the character is not always as significant as how the character meshes with the story.
Also consider full names vs nick names. I have a character named Owen Alexander Nabb who goes by "Alex" in the story. You could have a "Marrisette" who goes by "Marri" or "Mary" for example.
You could get quirky and go with something like Harmony - since she's so sarcastic. An interesting paradox which may or may not work for your story.
Another option is to look at the names of the characters around her and see what fits the group. There are also regional, ethnic and background considerations. If her parents were religious, they might take a name from whatever religious text applies ... Ruth, for example, is a Bible name.
As an exercise, you might start making a physical list in a notebook of names that are close and keep adding or adjusting it until you find something that works. As a last ditch attempt, you can always look in the phone book, student rosters, sports team listings, etc.