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Plot Bunnies


Plot Bunnies

 “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

–John Steinbeck

There you are happily working on a story, not a care in a world, when you catch the glimpse of a whisker from the corner of your eye. With a shake of the head, you continue typing. The whisker has now grown into a cute, fur-covered face with wide brown eyes. The eyes bore into your brain, overtaking the current piece you are working on.

No matter how hard you try, that adorable face refuses to go away and you find yourself thinking about this new idea that formed. Interesting how it began to take shape at the same time you glimpsed that whisker.

Yes, the plot bunny has struck again. What’s this? You never heard of a plot bunny?

What is a plot bunny?

A plot bunny is a story idea that refuses to go away until it is written. The term’s origin is unknown, but is known to predate NaNoWriMo. Because plot bunnies tend to multiply quickly, the term is thought to be related to the oft-quoted John Steinbeck quote about ideas and rabbits. For descriptions and how to recognize various plot bunnies, here’s a link to Wikiwrimo.

Basically a plot bunny is an idea that tends to multiply without warning, much like a pair of rabbits. The good point about plot bunnies, you will never run out of ideas for writing. The bad point, there’s not enough hours in the day or or month sin the year to write out every plot bunny that comes along. Much as you would like to write up every one that appears, I fear your well-being will suffer.

If the plot bunny continues to stare at you, you had best write down what is it. Get as much of the idea written out as possible, then go back to what you were previously working on.

The existence of plot bunnies ensures we never run out of things to write about. Sure, some of it may go nowhere, but  others could explode into a great story. Keep a notebook or a document on your computer to keep track of these plot bunnies. Who knows what rabbit hole they will take you down.

May the words ever flow!

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