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Author and photographer Nicki Collins Geigert’s book Who’s Yawning Now? is a perfect example of a fantastic book about animals. While many may believe that writing about them is easy, it can also be pretty complicated.
Animals are everywhere, continuously fascinating and entertaining people. They’re among the most common characters in the media, whether in literature, movies, or even photography. People typically evoke positive emotions whenever they’re in the materials they consume. People easily resonate with animals as they find them highly adorable and nothing short of lovable.
Their significance in modern media is without wonder. After all, they’re one of the world’s marvelous creations that can provide people happiness even through their existence. This is precisely why various authors have delved into the magical world of writing about animals.
Animals in Media
People of all ages love animals. From animals carrying their stuffed animals to adults taking care of their pets, they have become a significant part of people’s lives. Unsurprisingly, they’re also taking up a lot of space in the media simply because people think they’re charming and exciting.
“Animal people” are everywhere, so much so that it seems humans are innately hard-wired to be fond of animals. This affection contributes to why any material with animals on it – books, advertisements, even album covers – quickly sells to people.
Literature is perhaps the most complicated to construct among these materials featuring animals. It’s also easy for authors to mess up and misconstrue people’s perceptions of them. Here are some tricks for people to avoid making materials that lead to this disaster:
This basic etiquette among people must also be applied to animals. Their inability to talk or move similarly to humans can make it easy for others to disregard their thoughtfulness toward them. But to create a material that evokes positive emotions and resonates with people, it must come from a respectful place.
People can feel so deeply about animals. It’s easy for them to connect to animals, even when simply reading a story about them. This doesn’t mean authors can’t create sad stories involving animals. Instead, it means that when they write anything that involves animals, authors must maintain their integrity and pureness in their image. Poorly writing about them will elicit an adverse reaction.
Research About Them
Alongside respecting them, authors must also thoroughly research their muse. They can’t write anything close to factual without learning anything about them. Regardless if they’re writing a fiction book or a factual one, research should still be an integral part of their writing process. Authors can’t honestly write about animals if they don’t know anything about them.
Coherently writing about animals will also affect readers’ experience. Hence, authors should put themselves in a writing space where they presumably know more about their writing than their readers. This will only be achieved by conducting thorough research.
Present a Unique Factor
Almost everyone loves animals, so they’ve been used as muses for various materials. People might have already been exposed to countless related genres and concepts. With a prevalent character, it becomes easy to do a concept that’s long been repeated and abused.
This is where the research process comes in handy. The proper research would have led any author to identify or learn a unique animal characteristic. It doesn’t even have to be something uniquely an attribute of the particular animal.
A perfect example of this trick is Nicki Collins Geigert’s book Who’s Yawning Now? It’s an interesting compilation book that centers on animals yawning. It’s a first of its kind – a book that features animals doing something so mundane yet, at the same time, so undiscussed. Animals are most photographers’ standard models. Not only are they highly photogenic, but they’re also doing some of the most engaging and entertaining activities daily.
However, not many photographers have captured animals while they’re yawning. From a general perspective, the action itself is very normal, boring even. But from a creative view, it can be considered unique.
Nicki proves that just about anything animals do is worth writing about. Hence, the question isn’t whether it’s worth choosing animals as art’s muse. Instead, it’s about how one covers or features an animal in all its perfection (and adorable imperfections). Writing about them can be highly fascinating if done correctly. And the pointers above are only some of the countless tricks that can help authors write about animals amazingly.