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Friday Figures: A character’s best friend

pet writing prompt



“You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell,” wrote poet Emily Dickinson.

The way people react to animals can be very revealing. Pets are often flawless reflections of their owners. Does your story include animals? If so, what do they reveal about your characters? What do they know but do not tell? Try assigning the pet a narrative or an action that illuminates your character.


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