How to Write Wolf Fiction

Four Methods:Doing ResearchEarly Planning of a Piece of Wolf FictionWriting StoriesWriting Poetry

Wolves are majestic creatures, and writing about them is fun and rewarding. But, like many, if you live in the city, then wolf non-fiction is harder then wolf fiction. Many are daunted by the prospect of writing novels, especially If it's your first time. You could also write poems or short stories but keep in mind, whether it's poems, short stories, novellas or novels writing wolf fiction is easy when you know how.

Method 1
Doing Research

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    Research wolves. Actual, real wolves. Start with doing research on real life wolves, and not with researching others’ wolf fiction. You can never be sure what is real facts, and what the authors of fiction have made up. To write good, original wolf fiction, you should get to know real wolves and create your own impression of them. Create your own understanding of wolves based on reality.
    1. Watch youtube videos on wolves. There are a lot of really good documentation videos on wolves on youtube, ready to be watched any time. Look for videos on wolves in their natural habitat. One of the best things with learning from watching is that you get a lot of visual information. You can see all the small things wolves do and develop visual impressions that you can later use in descriptions on your own wolf fiction.
    2. Read non-fiction. Read books and articles on wolves. Learn their habits and their biology. You certainly do not have to get into super-scientific details, but you should know of their family structures, most prominent instincts, normal hunting techniques – stuff like that.
    3. Take notes. The mind is forgetful. Take notes of small things which may easily slip your mind or which simply caught your interest. Some examples may be the way cubs lick adults’ mouths in order for them to throw up food for the young ones to eat, or the way a large submissive wolf will hunch over to seem smaller and less threatening. Or perhaps the way wolves whine when they gather for a hunt or some such.
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    Research humans’ opinions on wolves. Wolves have long lived alongside humans, and they reside in some really old tales. Wolves have come to represent a wide array of things in various cultures. Today, a lot of people hate wolves to the extent of wanting the species extinct, while others seriously love them. Find out why. Research the relationship between wolves and humans. This step might be of less value if you plan on excluding humans entirely from your fiction, but it can still be educating.
    1. Read about mythologies containing wolves. For an example, there is the wolf Fenrir in Norse mythology. The legends say that when he breaks loose of his chains, he shall devour the great god Odin and Ragnarok – the end of the world – thus comes. The people of that culture struggled through cold and dark winters – winters which were hard for wolves, as well. And a hungry, desperate wolf may very well attack an unsuspecting human. It makes sense that the people would come to fear wolves and see them as evil predators of the dark.
    2. Listen to opinions. Hear what the wolf-lovers have to say. Hear what the wolf-haters have to say. You certainly don’t have to agree with any of it, but try to see where each person is coming from and what motivates their opinion of wolves. This can give you inspiration by pointing out a wide range of traits wolves have, that you may not think of yourself.
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    Research wolf fiction. Now that you have taken a good look at reality, it might be a good idea to start looking at the wolf fiction already in existence. See what has been done before. This can be good to get inspiration, or find an unexplored area in which you want to set up camp.
    1. Read pieces of wolf fiction that vary as much as possible. Read Jack London’s classical White Fang, and maybe even Call of the Wild (technically the latter is a dog-centered book, but it is a great example of canine fiction). Read an innocent children’s story, read a piece of urban fiction with sexy werewolves for young adults… Try it all!

Method 2
Early Planning of a Piece of Wolf Fiction

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    Decide on a setting. This is a good place to start. Determine what world your story will take place in. Is it a our world? Our world with a few changes, or perhaps 3000 years ago? A fantasy world with no humans at all, or a world with humans, elves, orcs and demons? This decision will have a major impact on the life of your wolves.
    1. Currently, wolves are scarce in most parts of the world and human hunters pose a major threat – something you can use in your story to create conflict and tragedy. Perhaps you will want to write the story of a wolf set on taking revenge on humans for what they have done to the wolf species.
    2. In a fantasy world, humans may have such powerful magical skills that they need not fear wolves in the dark winter night. Or the wolves are magical or perhaps even have wings. How might this impact the relationship between wolves and humans?
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    Decide on the intellect of wolves. Determine how sentient the wolves in your fiction will be. Do they have clear thoughts and speak of the past and the future, just like we humans do? Or are their thoughts without words, but rather full of scents, images and basic urges like hunger?
    1. If you are aiming for werewolf fiction – how does your werewolf character’s mind change when they transform? Are their minds the same, or does it change entirely? Is the mind of an un-shifted werewolf the same as a human?
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    Why wolf fiction? Take a minute to think about why you are going to write wolf fiction. Why are the characters in your story wolves? Why are they not humans, tigers or horses? What do you want to show or have said with your story, and how does having a wolf character help in conveying that message? Figure out what the wolf adds to the fiction.

Method 3
Writing Stories

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    Research wolves: This is extremely important, whether you choose to make it realistic or not. Wolf fiction is best when it has plenty of realistic wolf behavior. Research their diet, fur,and hunting as well as anything else you encounter and you're unsure of.
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    Decide your plot. Short stories usually are about one significant event. You could write about a wolf's last hunt, for example. A novel is more like a set of events that connect somehow, the best ones have complex lines that surprises the reader yet all fits with each other perfectly. Most mystery novels have that.
    • Make sub plots, such as two cubs playing tag during an event or little mini story lines that are appreciated.
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    Decide how the book is narrated. Is it a wolf telling the story (first person), the author seeming to tell the story (third person), or even a character using words like "you" as if you're a character in the story (second person)? Find which one your best at or stretch your limits. Whatever you do, make sure your enjoy it.
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    Write the beginning. Many wolf authors start with the main character being born, but you could also introduce the main character doing something else, such as hunting. Or even you could start by introducing the mother for the first chapter/next few chapters and then the character is born or a friend meeting the main character. Add detail but don't add so much that it confuses the reader, more then three sentences of detail is too much. Remember, you need to make the reader comfortable with the book. It's like making a friend, make a good first impression and slowly introduce the book.
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    Build on the story a bit more. Keep introducing the main character and add a few snippets of what would become the plot. Example: The wolf always wondered what hunting would be like.
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    Make the plot clearer after several chapters, or for short stories then start on the plot soon after the beginning. Sub plots can come in between the beginning and the middle and an event or two, big or small is always good as a filler. But make sure you don't bore the reader
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    Overcome any writers block. You might want to write another part of the book, such as the end, pretend to " interview " a character, introduce a new one or even just read some other wolf fiction such as White Fang by Jack London or Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst. Remember, give yourself a chance to breathe. You don't have to write 24/7.
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    Write the middle of the book. This is where the conflict is and something happens that needs to be fixed. Lace it with suspense as well. The plot needs to come Hard and understandable. Have a few down moments but give the reader enough hope for the end.
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    Finish it off. Make it happy but also make room off another book if your willing. The reader needs to feel happy and satisfied with the ending and whole book.
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    Revise. It was coming and despite the fact many writers dread it, clearing the first draft of all errors and even adding extra chapters or taking away the not needed can be quite enjoyable. You may want to let the book sit for at least a week before revising.

Method 4
Writing Poetry

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    Decide what the poem is about: Poems are usually dramatic such as a hunt, but it could also be a very short story of a wolf making friends or something else.
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    Decide whether your poem is a rhyming couplet ex. There once was a wolf that was fluffy/It's fur was rather stuffy, A haiku, usually a sentence where one sentence is five syllables, the next seven, the next five a again, ex. The wolf was howling/ it was singing in wolf talk/howl, wolf, howl loudly/ Or another type of poem.
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    Write the poem. Make sure the words flow right. Decide if the poem is silly, sad, or beautiful.
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    Add to it if desired. You might want to write a series of poems, maybe they could have to do with a book you wrote or liked. Whatever you write make sure you have fun!


  • Don't give up to get it published, the first publisher asked never accepts. At the same times, check on your manuscript every time so you can catch anything wrong that a publisher would disapprove of.
  • Take kindly to commentary, it shapes your book, without taking it personally.
  • Remember wolves aren't furry humans, so don't make them cry or act human like, and make sure you watch wolf behavior so you can describe the ears, tail and all-around make it wolf like.
  • A common book mistake when writing about wolves is to have pack hierarchy. Alpha, Omega, and Beta etc. aren't actually wolf behavior. A pack is formed of a breeding pair (parents) and their pups, wolf packs are basically family and the dominant make and female are dominant and have respect and can even discipline because they are the parents, they have authority.
  • Understand that wolves are neither humans nor dogs, but share some traits with both.
  • Try to "get into the body" of the wolf. Paws instead of feet, scents rather than pictures, a shorter line of view than you are used to etc.


  • Don't boast, some people just aren't writers or some might be even better writers, but it's not worth losing a friend.
  • Be descriptive, but you don't have to be fancy, make it familiar. Wouldn't playdough marinated in old socks sound better then a fancy one, and your reader understands. But, at the same time unless you're making it a comedy don't have too many of those descriptions, Also, pages filled with descriptions can bore your reader, but too little can make your reader also bored or your writing look bad.

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