The Offline Survival Manual: An Unexpected Writing Resource

Survival writing resource

I have a confession. I have a full-scale plan of what I’m going to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

No, I’m not kidding. I know where I’d go and who I’d invite to go with me (you need to have beneficial survival skills, people). I have a mental-checklist of items I’d need to grab in a pinch. This includes things like my bow and fishing poles. Oh, and the grappling hook I bought my husband (yes, specifically for this purpose. And yes, it’s real– it has an 800-lb weight limit).

So naturally, when I was fiddling in the app store I couldn’t resist checking out The Offline Survival Manual.

As I was poking around its (really quite informative) recommended skills, it occurred to me that a good deal of this information would benefit my character development.

For example, if I am writing about a ranger who is traveling across the wilderness, the kind of shelters and fires I have them create will lend believability to their character. Having them avoid areas with dangerous animals, or seeking out secure food sources does as well, and it offers the added bonus of possible conflict opportunities for me to include.

Of course, I don’t have any training or actual experience in surviving the wilderness for an extended amount of time. I’m not incredibly versed in the nuances of survival shelters or the like.

Enter The Offline Survival Manual

This app offers a plethora of information that addresses that deficiency. They even offer a breakdown based off of climate, which is great since characters in the desert will face different challenges than those in the tropics or in a blizzard.

Survival writing resource
Seriously! Look at all the options!

And they include diagrams, which has really helped me step up my scene descriptions.

Survival writing resource

Added bonus? Since it’s an offline manual, if ever you do find yourself stranded in the woods with no signal, you have a great resource available to you! And, you know, the zombie apocalypse is due to happen any day now. You can thank me for your new survival skills if ever we meet.

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