Hi, It's me... the member who haven't used these forums for months. Lots of things have been happening, I had to scrap my Fantasy series after I decided I needed that fantasy feel which I don't have right now and therefore the series became too cheesy in my taste. That's on the case for later writing and perhaps hard-core editing. Which therefore I had to mention the delay to my writing was getting a new-powerful PC to reduce stress for college which have been going around in circles with problems which I fixed mostly. Anyway, I recently discovered that over the time I've invested my time on this fantasy novel. I comprehend that I'd the need to make characters feel more evolving to their character built over the 200 pages I've written. Which then fails the plan I originally wanted in this book I scrapped; Explore the culture you created and expanded by having characters go there for potential reasons. Another point I realised is that the fantasy genre is not doing so much good in the past few years (correct me if I'm wrong), and then I saw zombies... lot of zombies around media (Not the NEWS media unfortunately). To that, the zombies around books, films, and a few games. Boy, where do I start? I already started off my zombie novel recently (About 6000 words in) and I keep thinking about the zombies. Shouldn't they be more tuned and specific, I was going to invest hellish monsters with meat, and intestines-like THINGS coming out of their mouths but Resident evil got that idea after researching into that area(They stole my damn idea!). I honestly don't want some cheap zombie-like creatures that stays there for the built of the concept in my book, I want it more tuned as I said. I was thinking about having set of stages but only two stages remain in my ideas. Number 1 stage will be something called Hungers as the characters in my novel will call them, due to their recent infection that happen mysteriously in the first place. They developed into the human body by taking over it mind, and control of their body of course. ... Not complete control of the human body in definite, I was thinking about having the human conscious, the mind easily dominated by a fiction disease . The fragment of ourselves would have very limited control over their former-selves, so few zombies depending on the time of infection will try to stagger themselves before they do something... rather disgusting. I imagine, my characters which I haven't developed yet into the story would be searching for supplies where they bust into a infection-filled area where they must sneak around the supplies to gather. They witness a waling woman, in tears of eating her cherished son and scream in agony of the sight of her hands ripping her son's meat out and gobbing it into her mouth (Not nice I know but zombie fans are pretty much used to this). So yes, the first stage will not 'infect' humans. Their flesh is wanted for an unknown reason for the second stage I thought up of that 'could' work. The second stage features the infected person in loss of their whole body after months of infection assuming that no survivor have pickled an axe into its head. Anyway, they'll have to just observe the horrors. Except, this stage doesn't simply go for food whether it wants it or not. They infect humans by the poisonous bite that sprawl in their mouths. I was thinking a much more venomous look to this infection stage, just like spiders and snakes do to protect themselves for sure. Only that these infected will seek to infect others, they will not kill you at all, they'll simply bite you and cower away. For their defence, they'll basically grip ahold of your neck and rip in with his teeth and you know the rest. They do that in case of protection needed to ensure future bites for their victims and do a basic gnarling of anger towards any oppressors that tries to shoot them. Their intelligent must evolve into the drivers and the endurance must more than equally provided to the human body much stronger. So If you're ever grabbed, you are definitely not pulling yourself away unless a survivor aid you in assistance. The only thing you can do is prevent it to not infect you or swipe its teeth it has across your tender neck. Their appearance... is difficult to come to terms with, I haven't thought much of it and I can only imagine this far enough for now that their eyes are black much like spiders and the rest are just devastating! That's it for the idea of stages but I'm sure I'll have a more in depth think about the appearance and move onto stage three. So the question remains to you- Do you prefer the basic concept of zombies that'd been present in its own interest to the world or would you prefer something new and exiting to know about as you reach months into my book (Assuming it'll catch success once it finished but I believe that I'll get a reject with the publishing since this will be and might be my first novel completed and not scrapped just like previous one)? The book doesn't mainly goes into that area, it's the characters I'm investing to since the book presents itself as a character-revolution type. Characters taken from their lives and into a ruined world where they will be tested on their morality and beliefs, and I always find interesting how among these survivors around the world find ways to survive. This book focuses on characters and their revolution, and hopefully shock the audience by some of their decisions even I'm having some trouble to comprehend I'm actually having such a shocking scene in my book. The infection are just the concept of the book, the things that hold the house that guard the base of the book inside and without those supporters. The house will obviously collapsed and nothing progress the idea of the book because it's crumbled. Anyway, sorry for my bad non-qualifying English. As always, I'm in a rush and I needed something of an opinion or answers to that question to guide my writing to the story.