Behind the Keyboard: The Plot bunny
You’re in class. An exam. A meeting. Either way, you’re in a place where you’re trapped and you can’t leave, when suddenly you see a stampede of plot bunnies coming towards you, preparing to attack.
A plot bunny is an idea that one can get that demands to be written, lingering at the back of one’s mind, begging to be written. It often strikes at the most inconvenient time and before you know it, you have more and more ideas launching themselves at you. Which is unfortunate, as the original, wonderful idea that you had at the start is slowly slipping away as the others fight for your attention.
So how can we make sure we don’t lose all of these wonderful ideas?
The most logical answer would be to note it down in a notebook. But if you’re like me, (in other words, disorganised) then this isn’t always possible. Other ways to note down ideas: recording it using a voice recorder on a mobile phone, using the back of a receipt to write down ideas or even writing all down your arm – this isn’t recommended if you live in a place where it rains a lot.
However, once you have it down, this poses another problem – how do you sort out the good ideas from the bad ones?
This depends on what counts as a ‘good’ idea and what counts as a ‘bad’ one! One person’s bad story about unicorns could be another person’s great story with lots of mystery and tension. If you like the idea – explore it further! Something that starts as something silly could end up being very complex with a much more serious tone.
That’s it for this week. Look out for any plot bunnies that come your way, wherever you are and whatever time of day it is; you’ll never know when they’ll visit.