Fan Friday: What Do Pets Have To Do With It? – Adding Our Best Friends To Fiction

Fan Friday Pet Standoff

At the end of this article leave the name of your favorite movie or TV animal of all time. The most popular answer will be the topic of one of next week’s blogs focused on using animals or pets in our fiction.

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Pets are wonderful friends. They are loyal, funny, silly, and bring out the soft side in all of us. In real life many people have pets, why not in our novels?

Here are some funny animal antics to get you in the mood.

Pets are wonderful friends. They are loyal, funny, silly, and bring out the soft side in all of us. In real life many people have pets, why not in our novels.

Adding our best friends to fiction can bring life, compassion, and humor to our stories. Find a cuddly picture of a pet or model your heroine’s after your own.

When are some key times to add animals to our novels?

*To make a character more likable. If you have a character that is rough around the edges and hard to like, give them a pet. It makes them feel more human and gives opportunities for that character to privately let their hair down and show compassion.

*To create a friend to talk to. Some novels are very solitary in nature. For example, in the movie Cast Away  staring Tom Hanks they utilize the volleyball Wilson to create opportunities for meaningful conversations. It can bring out the inner journey of a character without them having to talk to themselves.

*To show the cruelty of a character. Villains can seem more wicked if they are unkind to animals or if animals dislike them. You can also use snakes or other pets that make the villain seem dark.

*To add humor to your story in important places. Sometimes our stories have deep sadness and it would seem insensitive for a character to make light of things. A pet on the other hand, can add comic relief without judgement. It can also be just humor for the fun of it.

*To relate to readers who love their pets. Readers with pets love to read about quirky animals in stories. It creates a connection between you and the reader.

*To create aw moments. The moments in the story where your character is down and a pet comforts or helps.

*To help a character heal. Characters often open up to animals in a way that they won’t with people because they know their secrets will never be told. It can help you show a character’s transformation throughout the story.

What is your favorite movie pet of all time? The pet with the most votes will be the topic of one of next week’s blogs focusing on using pets in your fiction.

 

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “Fan Friday: What Do Pets Have To Do With It? – Adding Our Best Friends To Fiction

  1. I can’t think of a single pet in a movie. Must be Friday. :>) However, if you’re talking animal character, either Snoopy or Garfield would be my favorite.

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