Its funny Sarah that you wrote about cats without having any at home. My first story was part truth and part fantasy about my two cats and the heroes that they became after saving my kids from danger. I mostly picked them because I had several story ideas and figured I’d need to work my way up to a novel and didn’t really care if I screwed up the first one or two.
I’ve always loved the creative process of cranking out a story. Writing something with novel length had always seemed to be such a lofty goal that I just assumed I couldn’t do it, but after learning that a friend had done it I set my goal. After I read his ~80k word novel and talking about the process with him, I knew I could do it. I thought I’d need to make several attempts to work my way up to at least 40k words (considered to be the minimum level for a novel by many sources), but hit it the first time with over 50k. Once I started, it just grew. I’m sure it is by no means considered “good” by most standards but it was a challenging test that I’m glad I achieved. I’ve either been too busy or not motivated enough the attempt my second novel. I wish I could because I have such fond memories of the process.