Issue #25: Need Inspiration? Look to Your Pet

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, April 19, 2010.

At one point, Skye, Zowie, and I had eight cats living in our home. Six belonged to us, and two were the bestests. Too many cats, for the space we had. But we loved them all!

When you can’t think of what to write about, look to your pets. Or other animals in the area.

What pets do you have? What are their personalities? What did you do the last time one of your pets got sick? What healthy food options do you serve them? Believe it or not, we ended up making soups and other foods for our cats. We had one that was sick almost daily, but he did so much better when we changed his diet.

Are you a journalist? Cover local or regional cat or dog shows, let your community know what they can donate to an animal shelter, and don’t forget to cover animal rescues.

Remember, pet stories make children happy. This could lead to a series of children’s books, if you are lucky.

And let’s not forget about pet activism.

Write to your heart’s content about our furry friends, and the non furry ones as well.


“A house is not a home without a pet.” ~ Anonymous


Do you have a pet? Write an article or short story about him or her.

Quick Writing Tip

Pets can be an inspiration. Look to them for your next writing topic. Watch them play and see what comes to mind.

Writing Prompts

  1. Article Idea: Write about the different cat breeds.
  2. Article Idea: Write about the different dog breeds.
  3. Article Idea: Write about the feral cat epidemic in your town.
  4. Short Story Idea: A dog saves twins.
  5. Short Story Idea: A cat is the best friend of a dying girl.


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Copyright 2011 Shannon L. Buck: How to Live the Freelance Life

(Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2015.)


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