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:
- a description of the cute and furry itself, including its personality
- the scene where the main character finds the cute and furry.
- a scene where it gets lost or kidnapped (cute-napped?)
- a rescue scene to get the cute and furry back
Here are some random examples to get the fun started!
Cute and Furry Ideas
A playful puppy named Hazel.
A kitten named Lina who wears a collar with musical bells.
A talking parrot named Coriander.
A baby squirrel that follow the main character.
A tiny pet mouse that lives in the main character’s coat pocket.
A baby snake that stays curled around the main character’s walking stick.
The main character saves a wounded dog that then hobbles along on the adventure.
A hummingbird named Kiwi who often perches on the main character’s shoulder.
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.
A cat with a magical collar that allows it to communicate with people.
A horse with magical horseshoes that allow it to fly once per day.
A chameleon named Leon who’s always playfully taking things from the MC and hiding.
Two twin ferrets named Cloak and Dagger.
A chubby Guinea Pig named Tubbs.
A young goat named Morris who eats anything and everything.
An albino gerbil named Stinky who has a strange farting problem.
A magical gecko named Dr. Waters, rumored to actually have once been a person.
A giant hedgehog the size of a small dog.
A magical hermit crab who has a huge store of random items in his shell.
A small pig named Alakhanamanestra.
A floppy-eared rabbit named Pom-Pom.
A dog named Clutch who finds an important quest item.
Talking turtle named Racecar, who (annoyingly) always points out that his name is the same forwards and backwards.
A super-intelligent stick-bug named One-Ninety (she insists her IQ is 190) who whispers advice in the main character’s ear.