Writing Stories about animals? Some thoughts…

As you may know, I love to write for children and all of my books feature animals who talk among themselves. Do you like featuring animals in your stories? You may also be aware that the animals in my stories have amusing adventures, where they learn important things and share their wisdom with their animal friends. If you like to write about animals, here are some things that you might consider doing.

  • Make the animals the stars, rather than the people in the story: I like to give my animal characters fun personalities that children will relate to. For example, in the story Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes,Hattie the chicken likes to wear hats. She’s also an emotional little chicken. How does the reader know when she’s happy or excited? Hattie hops around, flapping her wings.
  • Share the thoughts of the animals: I like to share the thoughts of the animals so that the readers learn more about their personalities and their natural talents. It’s fun to give them skills, the same as people have. One example is that Hattie finds she’s very good at organizing events. But, since chickens don’t have hands, she writes signs and ads with her beak and she remarks that she has very nice “beakmanship” and it’s not at all like chicken scratch.
  • Be sure the animal characters learn important things: In my stories, I take care to ensure that the animal characters grow and learn, the same as human characters do. In my story, Charlie the Horse, Charlie dreams of becoming a famous racehorse like his dad, Charles the Great. But he has trouble focusing on his work and finds himself distracted by things like daffodils and tulips that he would like to munch on during his workouts. Eventually, he learns he won’t be the first one to reach the finish line if he continues being distracted.

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on creating entertaining animal characters for your stories.

(c) Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2013

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7 thoughts on “Writing Stories about animals? Some thoughts…

  1. Interesting thoughts from a parent of a toddler who enjoys as much as my son reading children’s books. I like animal characters who can have similar feelings and actions to humans. My son’s favourite at the moment is Bobo from Hug. 10 tiny tadpoles, animals doing the be-bop, etc. Good luck with your stories.

    • Thank you, Laura. I try to make the stories fun to read and they have good lessons too. This particular story involves some animal friends who start a coaching company to help horses who have problems with their training. They learn about working together and also that they have undiscovered talents. I hope your children read the story sometime. It’s the latest in my Charlene the Star series. We are now working on another sequel so we will have: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and the new one, which will be published next year.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  2. Wonderful insight on animal behavior in stories that make the animals come alive. You certainly did just that with your adorable characters and engaging stories. Great job as usual!

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