Hi, I've left writing for quite a while now due to pressure from my GCSE revision but I've been contemplating what I want to write about when I get back into the swing of things. So far I've managed to create a short story which I think with some further polishing could be to a high enough standard to publish, I've also drafted some ideas down for a fantasy setting but after a while I realised just how daunting and overwhelming the task of building a world from scratch is, especially for a new writer. So after immersing myself in post apocalypse media, The Last of Us, The Fallout series, Metro for the last month or so I thought I could give it a shot myself. I've always loved post apocalypse stories for their different takes on things and the emotional struggle of the characters throughout it. After starting to watch The Walking Dead yesterday, a series which to my information has a colossal fan base I was rather disappointed that it followed so many zombie flick clichÃ©s. Unfortunately for me creations like The Last of Us and Fallout are some of the few to add a truly unique spin to things and serve as my inspiration to write a truly compelling post apocalypse narrative. After sharing the reasons why I disliked The Walking Dead I was told by my friend "could you do any better?". But you know, I think I actually could. Anyway, I was wondering if anybody here has any advice for anybody going into writing for the genre? I'm very passionate about it and thus far I have a few themes I fancy playing with but any input from you would be greatly appreciated. Themes I've come up with thus far include: 1) A 1980's setting: I absolutely adore the 80's and honestly the idea only came to me when I was listening to Horse With No Name by America and imagined it playing as a man mounted on a horse trots through some desolate wasteland. With this setting we not only have fabulous music but a number of different political divisions that could carry on even after the end of civilisation, everybody wants to rule the world, right? 2) A unique apocalypse scenario: I've seen the same apocalypse scenarios repeated time after time. Zombie takeovers and nuclear wars being the most prominent scenarios. But wouldn't it be better if it were something a little more special? One of the ideas buzzing around my mind at the moment involves a mission to either Europa or Mars, now what if something was picked up in one of these missions? Perhaps there is something in the water that they brought back? Something contagious.. 3) A character who isn't a bad-ass This is another common theme in apocalypse scenarios. The protagonist survives the apocalypse and usually immediately after killing his first zombie he can for some reason kill thousands of them brutally and violently without any guilt or deliberation. Why not have a character cling on to his beliefs and ideals for as long as he can instead of give them up the minute he gets in trouble? Why can't we have a character use strategy and stealth when combatting zombies and other enemies? Anyway, they're my ideas so far, love to hear your feedback. Grazzie.