Posted by: Kelly Deeny | October 11, 2015

Day Nineteen of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey

Day 19: A PET Peeve

I came to a stunning conclusion today: I’ve neglected to include pets in any of my fictional work. Given that my YA novel focuses on nature, family, and spirits, how could I have missed such a vital element?


I am a firm believer in the healing power of a beloved pet – primarily canines or felines. I grew up with dogs and cats seem to love me. They provide me with love, comfort, and companionship though times of joy and sorrow.

I’m still baffled at how I overlooked such an important aspect of family. Today, I jotted down ideas of how to include these beloved animals in my novel without it coming off as forced.

Inspiration truly makes its presence known in the quietest of moments.


  1. It’s great that you had this epiphany. I really enjoy dogs, so it felt right to include them in a couple of recent stories.

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