The Significance of Animals

owl5  When I’m writing my books, I’ve discovered I’m drawn to adding animals into the story-line.  Normally as the story unfolds, an owl or raven, or perhaps a wolf enters as some kind of portent or omen to my main character.  I don’t even fully understand the significance at the time, but as the story unfolds, some sort of lesson is drawn from what it symbolises.  I know it sounds ‘old hat’ (or perhaps my reason for using them is!) but I admit that I love to have an owl or two in my books.  And predictably, there is always a reference to wisdom…

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3 responses to “The Significance of Animals

  1. caspeace, Artesans of Albia.

    I know what you mean, Gilly. My love of horses and the knowledge I gained while teaching riding is always cropping up in my writing. I simply can’t leave them out! 🙂

  2. I don’t think it’s ‘old hat’ to bring animals into a story, in fact it seems odd to me to leave them out. Especially in stories with a foot in a slower world, closer to nature, animals are essential. I was reading a story the other day which started off with a girl walking her dog and dropping into a parallel universe. The dog, although still there, just never came back into the story. I found I couldn’t believe in the character of the girl at all. I knew the dog was still around somewhere, and very occasionally there would be an oblique reference to him. Just not credible as far as I’m concerned.

    • Thank you, Jane for the thoughtful comment. I think there’s nothing worse than believing the animal might have a part to play, but then they disappear or are an afterthought. They are apart of our every day lives and have more significance than we sometimes realise. I believe they can be utilised as an objective part of the character’s self or be a companion through the story, even if the part is not a big one. But that’s just my thoughts on it…

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