For this week’s creative writing prompt, I’m turning to the animal world.
Most people will have some experience of keeping a pet – a companion animal. If that’s you, write about one of your animal friends. If that’s not you, write about someone else’s pet.
Surely you have a funny story about something a pet has done? The incident may not be startlingly original, but the way you write about it can be.
Try writing from the pet’s point of view – without being too trite. I recognise that is a bit of a challenge, but this is all about stretching your creative writing muscles, isn’t it?
Tell your story in 600 words and try to keep it light (given the gloom that’s everywhere just now, we could so with some cheering up).
As for me, I wouldn’t be able to write about pets without mentioning cats.
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a large number of cats, although, sadly, we are down to just one feline friend now. At one time, we homed seven cats (mealtimes were fun, and we’d run out of names by the time we adopted Seven), plus chickens and alpacas. And in the past we’ve had goldfish (I know, not fur or feathers but scales), rabbits and a hamster.
And I mustn’t forget my introduction to all things canine, Tully, my lovely dog, who is loafing around at my feet as I write. She’s the one who taught me how to stop being afraid of dogs.
There’s a story there involving teeth and Alsatians, but I might have recounted it before…
*This is the 69th new creative writing prompt in a series which began in March 2020 as a Lockdown project for my creative writing group friends. Every Wednesday at 5pm (Dublin time) I present an idea to kick-start new writing: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, whatever. Originally, I created 42 daily prompts and exercises, with a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It began here. I now post the prompts weekly.