W is for Weapons
In every apocalyptic scenario weapons are a necessity. Whether taking head shots at zombies with a high-powered gun, fighting off scavengers or raiders after an earthquake or volcanic eruption, or shooting animals for food after an EMP or during an ice-age, you’re going to need some weapons.
Guns are good but not always the best choice – zombies will be drawn by the sound of gunfire, vampires need silver bullets and a flood is not going to be kind to your trusty sidearm. Other favourites include baseball bats, rebar or if you’re really talented, a cross-bow.
How much detail should you go into with your weapons? That’s a tough question because every reader has differing degrees of interest. Personally, if you tell me someone is carrying a gun that is good at long range and will kill zombies or raiders that’s enough for me. Others will want to know the type/make/colour of the gun – but if you’re going into that much detail do your research well – gun enthusiasts/military-types will have a field day picking apart your book if you describe weapons that aren’t easily available to the public, or *gasp* don’t even exist.
Picking a quirky weapon for your main character will open your book up to debate. By this I mean that apocalyptic fiction enthusiasts, particularly of the zombie variety love to discuss weapon choices – pick something unique and it may even be referenced back to your book on a forum or review site!