Creating Memorable Animal Characters

By Ellen Buikema

Animal characters are developed in all genres, either in cartoon-like or reasonable forms. They might be strolling, talking replacement for human characters, or reality-based beings that may or might not be augmented with special capabilities. No matter how you integrate an animal into your story, they ought to be a remarkable character.

Pick Your Animal

When writing historic fiction, consider researching which animals were popular family pets of the age so the animals will be a good fit for the story. The primary protagonist, Ayla, studies animals in order to hunt for food and discover their habits.

One of my preferred animal characters is the dog in Dean R. Koontzs thriller novel, Watchers. Einstein works as a secondary protagonist, a protector, and in a method serves as a comment on human habits.

State you are composing fantasy and want a reality-based animal to act as a spy. A bird may work well in this circumstances, possibly a raven, as was performed in George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire series. Ravens are intelligent, playful, and have a sense of humor, having been known to perch on snowy rooftops awaiting people to pass by, and then pressing snow on top of them.

Some animals will better fit a particular function in a story. In a reality-based fight scene, a snake most likely wouldnt do as well as a dog or a feline.

Animal stories for kids

One of the oldest types of childrens literature is the Fable. In these stories, the animal is connected with a particular human characteristic and there is a lesson to be found out.

Stories for kids often have pets as characters that assist their humans learn crucial life lessons. In some cases they are a bit like guardian angels with paws. Frequently the child is the hero but the pet is an important character in the story. Kate DiCamillos Because of Winn-Dixie utilizes a puppy that enables the primary lead character, young India Opal Buloni, to learn how to trust.

Children may be most likely to acknowledge their own qualities, the excellent and the not so excellent, seen humorously in an animal than written as a child. Frankie Fish, from my Adventures of Charlie Chameleon series is naughty however well meaning. Many children relate to Frankie.

Producing your animal character


Is the story for kids or grownups? Animal characters for teen and adult stories will need more subtlety than animals in stories for children.
Prominence and type

What is the animal characters role? The animal characters might be secondary partners (comic relief), protagonists, or villains.

Who is the storys voice? The story may be written from the perspective of the human or the animal.
Consider physical size. , if the character is tiny it will see the world in a much various method than a big one.. Mouse vs. giraffe; Toddler vs. teen; Toddler vs. Great Dane.


Do you have animal characters in your stories? Of all the stories youve read, do any of the animal characters still bring a smile to your face or horror to your heart? We want to hear everything about it down in the comments section!

No matter how you include an animal into your story, they need to be an unforgettable character.

The finest animal characters feel genuine to the animal type and relatable to the reader. This is true for either cartoon or practical characters. A cat character might be playful however a little excessive love, like one family pet too lots of, will still get you smacked in many truths..
Whichever animal you pick, writing a list of characteristic and peculiarities will help as you introduce the character to your readers and establish the story.

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The background info of the character does not need to be in the story itself, but comes in handy to know in order to understand what encourages the character. Fictional characters need to feel genuine. Knowing the backstory assists specify that truth.

The finest animal characters feel authentic to the animal type and relatable to the reader. The background details of the character does not need to be in the story itself, but is helpful to know in order to understand what motivates the character. Do you have animal characters in your stories? Of all the stories youve read, do any of the animal characters still bring a smile to your face or horror to your heart?

Goals, the driving forces, mold the characters character. It may provide love to a child, or support to a grownup. Whatever the case, subtlety weaving objectives into the story includes richness and depth.
Obviously, like a human character, there are many information to consider when writing an animal character. Doing it well will make your story unforgettable.

Your animals have certain appearances and characters. Names may do the same. Outlaw for one with a mask coloring in the fur, Jester for another with a multi-colored face, Spot, Blackie, Chairman Meow, Dude, the possibilities are many.
For humor, try a big pet dog named Tiny, a tuxedo feline called Scruffy.
Alliteration works well for animal characters in childrens stories. Black Beauty, Frankie Fish, Tamika Turtle, Mickey Mouse, Peppa Pig.

What makes your character various? The animal character may have a comparable psychological or physical trait as the protagonist.
For SciFi and dream stories the animal character may read minds or defy the laws of physics.
Composing a list of unique capabilities and qualities in advance will work, especially if there are numerous characters of varying abilities.




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Author, speaker, and previous instructor, Ellen L. Buikema has composed non-fiction for moms and dads and a series of chapter books for kids with stories motivating the development of compassion– sprinkling humor anywhere possible. Her Work In Progress, The Hobo Code, is YA historic fiction.

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