What animals inspire you to write?!

When it comes to writing a book you have a lot of ideas that you want to work with and you want to start writing the book right away, we all feel that way but if you are a big animal lover like myself then you will most likely end up putting a pet or an exotic animal into the story. Who doesn’t love a good story with animals?

When you are writing your story what do you think about? The plot, the characters, the backstory or what about the animals you should use?

I’m in the middle of writing a fantasy adventure middle grade book series and I have all kinds of animals. They’re mostly fantasy creatures. When I write my stories I think about what kind of animals I should use. That usually happens right from the start. I will write down the top 5 creatures I want to use in my story than when I start to write and I get close to the scene with that animal I keep it in mind till I get to that part.

Using animals in your story can add humor, gore, adventure or even cuteness to the story. It can also add more words to the book if you are struggling with word count.

If you are writing a book about a girl who wants to be a doctor and that’s all you have. You’ll sit there in your chair and think what should I write next… you think and think and wonder till your dog comes walking into the room and licks your hand. You smile and met your dog than an idea sprouts. maybe your main character wants a dog. So then you add the dog into the story and it becomes something you didn’t expect. This has happened to me before. When I was writing my very first chapter in the first book of my middle-grade book series I added in a black cat sitting by the window while my main character was drinking a cup of coffee. I didn’t expect that to happen. I mean I knew later on in the story or next few pages I would add in the black cat, but I wasn’t expecting it right now. And in the 2nd novel, I was adding in tigers, wolves, dragons, undead animals. And the list went on and on and I enjoyed adding them all in.

What animals inspire me the most? Well, it all depends on what kind of book I am writing. If I’m writing a book about a forest or a lake or maybe even a forgotten graveyard in the deepest part of the woods, then I will think about what animals show be there. I do like to write about Black cats mostly. And of course all kinds of big cats, and exotic animals that you can think of. When it comes to writing about animals some writers will do research and read about their habit and what they eat and how they live. I did that for this middle-grade book series. After I wrote down all the animals I wanted to use in the story I researched them and wrote a ton of things down that I needed to know when it came to writing the scene.

So when you write a story adding in animals it will make the story something better then what you were thinking and it could change the whole idea and make it more extreme. 🙂


Published by Ashley Lovell Author

Ashley Lovell is the author of The Wish & Awakened Evil. She lives in her apartment with her two cats (Spook and Batman.) She started to write in the summer of 2005. Throughout her writing career, she has written song lyrics, poems, short stories, and novel series. She joined the Marion County Writers Workshop in 2010. She was in the top 10 in The Write Place book contest. And also, has several short stories featured in charity anthologies. When Ashley was growing up, she lived out in the country surrounded by cows, chickens, cats, five dogs, corn fields, dirt roads, and a patch of woods behind the house. She loves to drink French Vanilla coffee in the mornings when she writes. She is also a supporter of black cats and believes they are good luck. She loves to write creepy stories in the dark. You can find Ashley at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ​and Instagram to see updates and news on her work.

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