In 2021, when the cost of living is higher than ever, more and more young people are opting for pets while they delay—or entirely eschew—a traditional family. This is especially true for creatives, such as writers.
We’ve previously talked about how to love and care for your writer, including his or her drink preferences. Now, we’ll look into what sort of pets fit best into the writer’s life, depending on preferred genre. Whether you are a lonely artist yourself or you are looking for a companion for your beloved stay-at-home writer, we can point you in the direction of the perfect muse—a friend who can’t offer unsolicited feedback.
But before we dive in, we must give you a serious reminder: A pet, like the decision to become a writer, is a lifelong commitment! Do not enter into it lightly or based solely on a listicle.
Fiction Writers: Cats
When you think of a writer, you probably picture a few things: cups of coffee going cold, cable-knit sweaters, stacks of unread vintage books, and, of course, a cat snoozing peaceably in the corner. Cats are truly an ideal companion for a writer, as they have similar requirements for sleep, food, and finicky affection. Additionally, cats don’t require long walks, and they prefer a warm lap, which the fiction writer can provide even while spiraling deeper into self-inflicted madness from parsing out thorny plot holes.
Bloggers/Social Media Content Creators: Dogs
Dogs are the internet’s best friend. Need a meme? Need instant approachability? Need quick likes when you’re starting to feel irrelevant? Get a dog. Furry, nonjudgmental, slobbery, and fun-loving, dogs are basically content factories for the uninspired social media presence. Why write a 500-word piece when a video of your dog snoring will get you 3,000 hits with minimal effort?
Note: Dogs do require significant upkeep, and if you aren’t careful, you could become “just that dog page.”Dogs are the internet's best friend. Furry, nonjudgmental, slobbery, and fun-loving, dogs are basically content factories for the uninspired social media presence. #writingpets Click To Tweet
Flash Fiction/Nonfiction Writers: Rodents
Pint-sized content requires pint-sized companions.
As cute, intelligent, and trainable as cats with the added portability of rodents and the emotional sensitivity of the most tortured souls, rabbits make ideal companions for poets. Not to be bound to a hutch, rabbits require space, gentle pats, and the occasional romp in a yard or park, all of which mirror the emotional requirements of the poetic soul.
Look, you’ve got deadlines. Just throw some food in there and vacuum the gravel sometimes. They’ll be fine. Probably.For sci-fi and fantasy writers, reptiles can provide ample real-life inspiration for all the creepy-crawlies in your writing. #fantasyinspiration Click To Tweet
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers: Reptiles and Amphibians
Whether you’re working with dragons or horrifying dinosaur hybrids, a reptile can provide ample real-life inspiration for all the creepy-crawlies in your writing. You’ll have those essential details to pepper your work with verisimilitude: scale texture, foot stickiness, propensity to lie on a rock all day, and so on.
Technical Writers: Plants
Look, I don’t know if you guys can handle the responsibility of something sentient. But you could use the trace amounts of oxygen.
Maybe you’re saying, “No, I’m a fun person. I’d love a pet! I did a ton of research on ferrets, and I think I’d be a perfect owner.” If so, consider a Venus flytrap, then work up to a few hours of The Sims. Baby steps.
Writers of Multiple Genres: Birds
They’re flighty, sensitive, and messy. Like you. Like your life.
Actually, maybe you should settle for something a little more forgiving. Like a sourdough starter.
Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to take that next step in your writing life and find your new best friend. And while you’re researching specialized fish tanks, think about the care your latest manuscript, curriculum, or web content needs. Contact us today for info on editing and proofreading services.
About the Author
Karly is a writer and editor with a keen instinct for the way text should sound, no doubt a result of her daily consumption of everything from The New York Times to C. S. Lewis’s novels to her son’s Dr. Seuss books. She has been a part of the Scribe Source team since 2014.