Creative Writing Prompts for Animal Lovers

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Creative writing prompts about animals.

Animals have played a huge role in literature throughout history. They appear in poems and stories, and plenty of nonfiction works have been written about animals and humans’ experiences with animals.

From E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web to Jane Goodall’s books on primatology, authors and readers alike have delighted in writing and reading about animals.

And it’s no wonder. We humans have forged strong bonds with animals. Our pets are like family members. In fact, Americans spend $41 billion dollars a year on their animal companions (source). Billions more are donated to wildlife preservation, animal welfare advocacy, and conservation efforts.

Naturally, animals fit comfortably into the stories we tell. Today’s creative writing prompts pay homage to our animal friends by inspiring a writing session that features animals.

Creative Writing Prompts to Honor the Animals

Below, you’ll find a series of creative writing prompts. Each one sets a scene. Your challenge is to bring that scene to life by writing about it. Turn it into a short story, a poem, a play, or an essay. Write anything you want (if you can’t decide what to write, then do a freewrite).

  • A mama cat gives birth to a litter of five orange tabbies and one little gray runt.
  • A young man on his first hunting trip has a deer in his sight and suddenly remembers the day his dad took him to see Bambi.
  • A school of dolphins is too trusting and approaches a boat whose crew is intent on capturing the dolphins and bringing them to a theme park for a swim-with-the-dolphins attraction.
  • A bird and squirrel live together in the same tree (like the odd couple).
  • Two children, a brother and sister, respectively capture a butterfly and a moth, then proceed to argue over which insect is superior.

Make up Your Own Creative Writing Prompts

Feel free to make up your own animal-related creative writing prompts and leave them in the comments.

If you use any of these creative writing prompts to spark a writing session, come back and tell us how they worked for you. What did you write? Did you learn anything new? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment. And keep writing.

Some of today’s writing prompts appear in the book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. For more inspiring and motivating writing prompts, pick up a copy today.

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About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


4 Responses to “Creative Writing Prompts for Animal Lovers”

  1. james says:

    two puppies are seperated at birth. then reunited at the dog pound, when they are taken from their owners

  2. I love this post!

    I love the squirrel and bird odd couple, that would be great for a short film or even a feature, very funny.

    As life is often stranger than fiction, true animal stories provide a good source for stories too. The other day, I complimented this older woman on her adorable dog. She told me, her dog had gotten out and was missing, she was looking all over town for it on a rainy night. At 2am, out front of the Humane Society, there was this adorable puppy tied to a pole, shivering and drenched. She never found her dog, but she took the puppy home, and it was the one I complimented. She said it is the sweetest dog. Tragic story with a bittersweet ending. Life is so strange like this.