Life in progress

#SoCS – Tail Tale


I’ve been asked to and even been tempted to write stories from the perspective of an animal in past. But I just can’t. (Disclaimer: I have a feeling I HAVE done it before, years ago–so many I can no longer remember–but I couldn’t tell you where that writing is.) The point is, I can’t do it anymore. Here’s why.

What if … This is what goes through my mind when I look at my dog and really contemplate what might be going through his head. What if he’s a past human, trapped in the body of a dog for the span of this lifetime? What if he really understands everything I’m doing and saying and he’s judging me?

I know this sounds paranoid, but it’s where my writer’s mind goes. My overactive imagination, if you will. So there it is. I’m afraid that if I start writing from his perspective, I’ll somehow disappear into a void of imagined conversation between the dog and the cat that will end up with me hiding in my room with the door closed, begging for forgiveness and mercy as they scratch and whine, trying to get in. Except of course it’s only because they’re hungry, my logical mind will tell myself.

But what if …?


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

25 thoughts on “#SoCS – Tail Tale

  1. Totally had me giggling – it’s past 11:00 pm and this post caught me just the right way. Do it. Channel the pet. I think you’ll be fine!


  2. Oh, lordy, now you have me thinking about whether Puppy Cody is a reincarnated human. Ugh. I have, in fact, written posts as Puppy Cody – maybe that’s why she occasionally gets a little growly with me.


  3. It could definitely be true for cats. πŸ˜‰

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  4. I do think animals are more intelligent than people give them credit for and maybe that whine indicates something more than just hunger at times πŸ™‚


  5. Oh Boy, I think this all the time about the ants that make their way to my sugar. The ‘what ifs’ can get very scary!. Enough to put whatever creativity you want to a perpetual stop. πŸ™‚


  6. I was planning for my next book to be from my dog’s point of view. I thought it would be easy… Ha! Maybe it will be more of a third person, or third dog? point of view. Logic and stifle the imagination, but a little logic now and then keeps me from going totally nuts.

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  7. I love your imagination, Linda!


  8. You amaze me on some of your thoughts. I’m going to have to read your writing about sex. Wait! I won’t get scared, will I? πŸ˜€


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