Snow has fallen in Florida, sound the alarm we’re moving from flip-flops to real shoes, with socks! I joke, but we did see some snow in two of our upper north-west counties a few days ago if only a slight dusting compared to the rest of the US. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s rememberable and marks winter, chillingly and exact.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching the big day and the weather is shifting from howling winds and rain to snow to heat and humidity while we toil around for gifts and spend many an hour baking, burning cookies on accident, and trying to navigate a tangled web of Christmas lights during which we play hide and go seek with the countless delivery drivers in the hopes they manage to drop off that 4 dollar item we bought for a second cousin twice removed. It’s happening and I’m, much like everyone else at the moment, am feeling the frazzle hassle of trying to get it all done.
That brings us to today’s random image. (Sorry for the runaway train up above hehe) It seems that animals play vital roles in many a book and film and many can be found mentioned, featured, or glorified in supernatural, metaphysical, or religious surroundings and settings. They flee danger, are hypersensitive to natural disasters and tend to noticeably pick up on spiritual activity if you are inclined to believe in that sort of thing.
I do and I have to question why my cat suddenly sits in a corner and silently mouths at nothing, why cardinals show up when I’m having a bad day, or rather a crow on the back porch signals bad or good magic and energy. I also have to wonder why everytime I wander into the woods to meditate or just take in the quiet while enjoying nature a random deer wanders into my path, stops, looks at me for several seconds, then wanders off. It’s one of the other reasons why I chose the picture below, it’s happened just like that more than it hasn’t throughout my life. Regardless of what we know or think, animals can sense things we can not or refuse to overlook and can be a boon in writing, even if sometimes they appear cliched–*cough cough black cat cough*.
It has become evident that animals can sense the invisible world around us and are alerted to the tiniest shift in energy. It also seems that they can feel the good or bad in people more easily than we humans can in our daily lives. If you are writing any fiction, especially if it caters to the supernatural or paranormal genre or contains fantasy of any kind, you can’t go wrong with incorporating an animal into your work. It could be a recurring theme, a one-sentence mention, or become a character all their own. Readers know, readers can feel the energy of your work and by simply mentioning a specific animal or commenting on one, they can quickly get a feel for the direction of the book, the trail of crumbs you leave out heading to the climax.
Like most offerings on Wednesday, it is merely a suggestion. I encourage you to think about many of the movies you have watched, many of the books you have read. Is there an animal in there, showcased, mentioned, interacted with? If so, what did it signify, what did it represent? Think about it, see if you too can add a chubby cat, a curious dog, or a forewarning from a barn owl into your work or any other critter for sometimes they can help speed along our plotlines better than we can, at least we hope, at times. 😉
These posts will be about showcasing a random picture I find in the hopes of inspiring others to create ideas for their writing. I have found that generating a quick 1-3 sentence scenario, a blurb, a scene, or a full novel concept based on a random picture has worked wonders in opening up the floodgates to new ideas and enjoyment in the world of fiction. It is my hope that others will find these images and possibly be inspired to jump into the wild world of writing and become the author they always wanted to be.
Without further ado, our 14th entry!-
–Photo by Gilles Chênevert.
Added an animal to your work and want to comment, feel free to like and drop a line! Always write, unless you can write than always do that instead!