Writing Tip: Cute and Furry

The “Cute and Furry” is the adorable, innocent companion or sidekick that helps emotionally draw the reader deeper into the story. They are meant to create a warm and fluffy feeling and to elicit reactions like, “Awww, he’s so cute!”

Many readers don’t always care if you endanger a person, but when you threaten to injure a small, innocent creature, then readers often get engaged and angered! They’ll keep reading to make sure the cute and furry survives!

Similar to the Writing Tip: Near and Dear Items, The Cute and Furry offers several fantastic writing opportunities:

  1. a description of the cute and furry itself, including its personality
  2. the scene where the main character finds the cute and furry.
  3. a scene where it gets lost or kidnapped (cute-napped?)
  4. a rescue scene to get the cute and furry back

Here are some random examples to get the fun started!

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 Cute and Furry Ideas

1

 A playful puppy named Hazel.

2

 A kitten named Lina who wears a collar with musical bells.

3

 A talking parrot named Coriander.

4

 A baby squirrel that follow the main character.

5

 A tiny pet mouse that lives in the main character’s coat pocket.

6

 A baby snake that stays curled around the main character’s walking stick.

7

 The main character saves a wounded dog that then hobbles along on the adventure.

8

 A hummingbird named Kiwi who often perches on the main character’s shoulder.

9

 The main character (MC) rescues a young a bear from a hunter’s trap. It secretly  follows and saves the MC at a later time.

10

 A cat with a magical collar that allows it to communicate with people.

11

 A horse with magical horseshoes that allow it to fly once per day.

12

 A chameleon named Leon who’s always playfully taking things from the MC and hiding.

13

 Two twin ferrets named Cloak and Dagger.

14

 A chubby Guinea Pig named Tubbs.

15

 A young goat named Morris who eats anything and everything.

16

 An albino gerbil named Stinky who has a strange farting problem.

17

 A magical gecko named Dr. Waters, rumored to actually have once been a person.

18

 A giant hedgehog the size of a small dog.

19

 A magical hermit crab who has a huge store of random items in his shell.

20

 A small pig named Alakhanamanestra. 

21

 A floppy-eared rabbit named Pom-Pom.

22

 A dog named Clutch who finds an important quest item.

23

 Talking turtle named Racecar, who (annoyingly) always points out that his name is the same forwards and backwards.

24

 A super-intelligent stick-bug named One-Ninety (she insists her IQ is 190) who whispers advice in the main character’s ear. 


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