1. Walking stiffly, as a result of spinal compression due to sitting most of the time
2. Clenched hands, which have become gnarled from using a pen or keyboard for countless hours
3. A perpetually glazed expression, and the tendency to speak in monosyllables, if at all, in response to well-meaning attempts at conversation. This is due to the fact that the zombie is not actually present with the speaker, but is living inside his or her imaginary world
4. The tendency to mumble to himself or herself while performing mundane tasks. See above.
5. An unkempt appearance, including rumpled clothes and wild hair, as a result of rushing to his or her desk immediately after waking, and then subsequently losing all track of time.
6. The tendency to eat nothing for long periods of time, and then suddenly be overcome with the urge to eat, at which time s(he) either empties out the refrigerator, or orders and consumes an entire large, deluxe pizza
7. The tendency to prowl around at night, unable to sleep but also too exhausted to write, resulting in daytime sleepiness, paleness and optical sensitivity.
8. Lack of communication with family and friends, until said family and friends show up on the doorstep wanting to know if the zombie writer has fallen and can't get up.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Are you a zombie writer? If so, how is that working out for you? Are you making progress on your manuscript, or do you feel as if you are stuck in the Land of the Undead?
If you are a character, is your author a zombie writer? Is he or she wasting away in pursuit of your future publication?
Or, is he or she not working hard enough? Are you, perhaps, feeling as if you are stuck in a state of partial death, trapped in the same scene for eternity while your author pursues his or her own selfish interests?
Authors and characters.... Let's talk!