Bunnies are those fluffy little creatures that evoke warm fussy feelings in us, when we see them.
Just like when I saw this picture online. They look so cute, so adorable, gave me some fierce need of hug them for a long time.
*Stops looking at the picture because it’s distracting her from the point* As cute as this two are, they’re not the reason of this blog post, but they definitively remembered me of the real reason I’m writing this information down to all new and old writers out there.
You may be wondering, by the tittle…
What’s a Plot Bunny?
According to the Urban Dictionary, a Plot Bunny is an idea for a story (usually used to refer to fanfic) that gnaws at the brain until written. Ideas for stories that you can’t get out of your head.
Wikiwrimo says: is a story idea that refuses to go away until it is written. Because plot bunnies tend to multiply quickly, the term is thought to be related to the often quoted John Steinbeck quote about ideas and rabbits.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. John Steinbeck
And let me tell you, from experience… they do multiply!
If you have been a writer for more than a day, even if you’re only working on your story idea, you will find this relatable, because it happens to anyone. You may think, if you’re new, that it won’t happen to you and I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this: you’re wrong.
You’re working on the best idea ever. The story that will make you greater than any of your favorite authors out there. Yes, you even get to think that, and then… out of freaking nowhere, you got another idea. One that looks like a raw diamond, even bigger that the one before.
And the process starts again, and again, and again for every new idea. It’s tiring and time-consuming. It leaves you without a real story written and a huge amount of ideas jumping around you, yelling: Write me! Write me! No… not her/him… Me!
So, what do you do? When thousands of plot bunnies *see the look on the readers face* Well a dozen at a time, at least, start to yell at you, trying to get your attention so you write about them.
You “attempt” to write them all down.
Of course, you can’t see the little bunnies crying/yelling anymore so you write down what they want, one at a time, trying to calm them down. Hopping that when you’re finish with all the plots they’re giving to you, finally you will be doing some writing done in your manuscript that you wanted to write in the beginning.
You let them yell to their heart’s content. Who cares, right?
You pretend you have fish ears and don’t hear a fucking thing from those bunnies trying to get your attention. Unless you have a fortress or a iron-strong will, those little buggers will get to you eventually. They will gnaw until your current manuscript it’s full of the ideas they’ve been shouting or they will find a way to distract you so much or sabotage your writing time, until you pay them the attention they want *looks at the reader seriously* I mean it, they will find a way.
You pick and choose which one to write down.
This sounds like the best way to go about them, in my opinion at least, because you give them what they want, partially. I do believe not all of those plot bunnies are good ideas, some of mine are just little changes here and there from others, so I have to filter through them or I will end up with too many of the same.
You can write down the ideas that you resonate with the most and let the others simmer until you think they are worth it or they will eventually die of lack of attention.
Do NOT feel bad because of an idea “died” for lack of attention. You have plenty more to cover for that one, and it’s not going to be the end of the world *pleads with the reader* Please, remember that.
Do not let your guard down, though…
You may never know when there’s going to be another attack from the evil