Hey, hey, hey, who said anything about that?
I don’t care what it is, this is not on…..
Do I really need to answer that? Sorry fellahs, but would she really do everything she does….to safeguard one of you?
Well, you like to think so. But just step back and ask yourself? Do you think that Sapphire would come back to Berkshire and stick it out against the one man in England who can identify her to prove you are her hamster? I don’t think Lord Hawley would appreciate a hamstah in his trouser pocket. I’m not even going there. And Kara would hardly try taking down a clan to get her hamstah back before you even go there.
One, The fact is I did use animals in His Judas Bride, largely to show that the hero was not quite as ruthless as all that. He has a dog, a sort of half wolf, half savage, half legged thing that is HIS dog and it’s one of the things Kara notices about him. He may curse at it and tell it to shut up but he is unfailingly kind to it. SO animals do have their uses.
and let’s not forget ones like
And do I make a song and dance re the lack of humans?
The fact is someone who does not realize animals all belong with us on the planet is a sad person.
That’s point one. SECOND POINT– sorry, your story stakes have to be high as Everest, they have to be do or die stakes when it comes down to writing about why people do the things they do, why they will go to the wire, why they will go over that edge if need be. A reader must not only identify with the stakes, they must identify with the character that way. So ask yourself about these stakes at the start. it is not enough to have a plot. A plot is just a plot. You need to flesh out the stakes and the conflicts.
Just not enough to cut it for a week……