Best way to write a wolf fiction

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Best way to write a wolf fiction

The best way to write a wolf fiction

Fiction is the selective transformation of reality. It means the seeds of fiction are born out of some real situations or incident that later germinates into a fictional story. Whether it’s a thriller or a horror, fiction gives the writer creative freedom i.e. the right to explore any side of human nature, the world, in particular, or the society itself.

Wolves are marvellous creatures. They are known to be man’s oldest friend. Modern dogs are wolves that underwent self-domestication due to human influence. If you have watched the movie “Alpha”, it will give you a clear idea of how humans befriend fierce and savage wolves. Writing fiction based on wolves is every writer’s fantasy.

The three basic tips for writing

Wolves are magnificent creatures, and they are related to witchcraft, malice, werewolves, mythology, evil, and also humanity to some extent. Writing a wolf fiction needs immense hard work and patience. After all, you are writing something different. In ordinary fiction, where humans are the protagonist, you can write voluminously about them since they are just like you. And above all, you are a human, too. So, many of the natures common to every human being are known to you and you have felt them at some point in your life.

But, wolves? How much do we know about them? And your perspective as a wolf in your fictional story will always be biased. It means you will write from a wolf’s viewpoint driven by human instincts. For example, wolves become savage when they get hungry. But their specific savage behaviour will not be known to you as you are not a wolf. So, you need to be on guard and minute while writing a wolf fiction.

The three basic tips for writing a wolf fiction are:

Go out and look for wolves

I. Research

1. Researching wolves.

Go out and look for wolves and observe them. Unless you get to know the creature itself, you cannot depict a fictional character in your story. You may not know what character traits you would like to include in your story. To write an original, good wolf fiction you need to observe real wolves. Look for their inhabitants or visit nearby zoos. Make your understanding at the beginning. Do not read wolf fiction in the beginning. This is because you don’t know what real fact is and what is fictional. Researching wolves can be further categorized into three sub-divisions:


a. Watch YouTube videos on wolves. There are many documentations based on wolves. Animal lovers often upload video recordings of wolves and other animals. Watch those videos. If you live in a city and have no access to forested areas then watching documentation will be of great help. Watching documentations help you to notice the minute details and also how they react to the presence of humans. In addition to that, you get visual information. Documentation also teaches you how to tame a wolf. This information is very essential if you are writing a story dealing with man and wolf.

b. Reading non-fiction. Non-fiction books are a great source of information. Animal researchers love to write a descriptive analysis of their works. Get hold of that. They give you access to information about wolves such as their lifestyle, food, habitant. As described earlier, from documentation analysis you must have formed some understandings. Now, it’s time to cross-check. See whether your interpretation of the documentation you have watched matches with the information given in animal encyclopedias and journals. Non-fiction books also contain additional information such as how wolves hunt, how they communicate, description of their anatomical structures, and how they socialize with other animals. Those books are written based on years of experience and observations. So, they are completely worthy of your fiction.

2. Talking with people. Wolves are very similar to pet dogs. Talk with those people who have pet dogs. They know a lot about their behaviours and how they adjust themselves among humans. Talk to people working in forest service. When you write a wolf fiction, you may like to add the sufferings of a wolf. Hence, a vet can help to understand the psychological disorders a wolf is likely to suffer. Besides, talk to the old folk. They are the storehouse of legends and myths. They can narrate good stories related to wolves.

II. Development of the plot.

1. Get an idle setting. Where you want your story to be set in? In a city or a hamlet. Maybe in a 21st-century metropolitan city? Or you want your story to be set 3000 years ago, back to the ancient, old, mythological times? This is the idle way to start your story. Setting up the time and place will help you to plan. A story set in an ancient civilization may be a challenge to writing but interesting to read. Currently, wolves are very scared in the world due to extensive hunting. In forested regions of Europe, people are warned as wolves hunt down stranded humans.

2. Decide the genre. Genre refers to the kind your story will be. Choose an idle genre you will be comfortable writing in. choosing a genre beforehand depicts how clear your thoughts are for the fiction and what sentiment and traits the wolf of your story will have. If you are aiming for a werewolf fiction, you need to describe its anatomy, the threat it possesses and narrates incidents of missing people. A friendship story will challenge the relationship between humans and wolves, as wolves, not domesticated from childhood, don’t seem to like human contact.

III. Writing the story.

Gather all your notes and books and write summaries of each chapter or the stories. Decide how you are going to introduce the wolf, what characters the reader needs to deduce and how will you expose the traits. Determine whether your book will a first-person narrative or the third person. Will the protagonist be the wolf or someone who will come in contact with wolves? For a horror story like one of the werewolves, the third person will be the best as it will give you the freedom to describe a lot. Try writing some footnotes at the end of each chapter or story. Revise your research work and how they have been included in your writings.

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