The Unexpected Animal

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Working on your WIP, but there’s something missing? The story has gone flat and stale and after careful consideration you decide you need to add a character who’ll breathe new life into the story?

Add the unexpected animal.

No, don’t put a cat on the back of the couch or have a puppy run through the room. That’s window dressing. That’s four-legged background. Instead, add an unexpected animal character. You want to grab the readers attention? Yup, add an unexpected animal. Ever read Animal House? Full of animals and, wow!, was that unexpected. It worked so well Orwell discarded most of the humans. Who’d have thought a pig could add so much to a story? An unexpected animal works great as the silent best friend or a conniving coworker. Think about it. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes had gone up against an orangutang mastermind in a top hat? See? It changes everything. Below is an example…

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About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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