Never Kill A Dog Or Cat In Your Novel

A writer’s guide

Cara Lopez Lee
Sep 24, 2020 · 4 min read
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Never kill a dog or cat in your novel. You’ll lose readers, and you’ll get hate mail.

Say you’ve decided to write that novel, and you insist it really needs the scene based on the time your psycho high-school boyfriend stuck a lit firecracker up an alley-cat’s ass. Please include a warning: “Adorable kitty meets fiery end in this book.” You’ll…