Zombie Cliche Lookout: (In)Comprehensive Planning
Planning is great, but in a zombie survival situation you often won’t be afforded the luxury of following a plan, let alone time to conceive one of any merit. While loose planning for contingencies will still be beneficial, a good survivor is one who can quickly assess a situation and improvise a workable solution. Someone who gets too tied with with the all the different variables is a person who is going to get eaten by zombies.
About this Episode:
Cheryl is an interesting character to write. I want her to be pragmatic and realistic, perhaps even slightly on the pessimistic side. That said, I don’t want her to be a negative person, just someone who is very grounded in the reality of the situation. I give her lines like in today’s episode to balance out her character a bit. She knows the score, but she also knows that she has to make the best of what she’s got.
Discussion Question: Letting Go
I’m a pretty anal retentive person. I’m ridiculously organized, and get stressed out when I don’t have a plan for something. I’m not one of those romantic, impulsive people. This has its benefits and its drawbacks. I’m generally very well prepared for anything I had advanced warning of, and never lose anything. On the other hand, sudden changes throw me completely off my game. In a zombie survival situation, I think the negatives would far outweigh the positives. After all, you’ll likely need to improvise more than plan in order to stay alive.
So what am I getting at with this long preamble? Well, I basically wanted to ask where you guys thought was the optimal balance point between planning and improvising in a survival situation and what are the advantages/disadvantages to each appoach, but then I started talking about myself.