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My main question is that I have an idea (or mixture of them) for a way I wish
my zombie book to go but I am having trouble getting the "how" they came
about.  I basically have everything up to and after the "infection" begins
including the "how" but the reason the "how" happens is eluding me.  Not
sure which path to take (terrorist, accident or diabolical revenge) to get where
I am going but any suggestions or thoughts on this would be appreciated.  I
am still writing and have a pretty good story so far but with just this one
hang-up.  Not looking for you to tell me which way to go but looking for your
advice at what would keep the readers attention through that part more.  
Thanks again.

Pretty tough call on that one, Robert.  Truth of the matter is that just about any sort of reason behind the "how" can work, provided you're willing to put the effort into it to make it work.

The only practical advice I think I can give you would be to look at other elements of the story and see if there's any approach you can take that will additionally complicate your story.  Anything that adds more depth and obstacles to your hero's mission will be a good thing.  So try to think of some reason behind the how that could, in some way, mess with the protagonist.  :)

Best of luck.

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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