Hunting For Ideas: Plot Bunnies And Where To Find Them

I was asked what the best pet for a writer would be, my answer: A Plot Bunny. You cannot buy a plot bunny in a store or find it in a field. A plot bunny is born and raised in your head, and if you take care of your bunny, nurture it and give it all of your love, imagination, and creativity, you eventually have a whole farm of bunnies.

John Steinbeck once said: ‘Ideas are like rabbits. You get a few and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.’ These are the words which made a plot bunny a real character or rather a technique for a writer. A good writer knows that feeling when the idea is born and you can do nothing until you write it down. This what your plot bunny does. It generates the ideas which you cannot get rid of until the story is ready. (Removed sentence)

Plot bunny and your creativity

Of course, a plot bunny is not a real animal but it does need to be fed. Another name for plot bunnies is creativity. A creative person has the ability to create a masterpiece from nothing with a little persistence and commitment. The same is with a good writer: he/she can always find a plot bunny in their head and tame it. 

Being creative creatures, plot bunnies live in our dreams, experiences, and observations. It seems that they come from nowhere, but they actually born from our subconscious. The most interesting thing is that one plot bunny always attracts another one. If you treat them well, you will find hundreds of plot bunnies in your garden of creativity. 

Plot bunnies are pretentious creatures. If you do not feed them, do not love them and do not spend enough time with them, they will leave you. Plot bunnies are born when you read, when you listen to other people, when you pay attention to the smallest details that surround you. When they are satisfied, they start to generate ideas which in turn will enhance your writing.

Plot bunnies and their types

Just like real bunnies have different breeds, plot bunnies also have different types. If you know how to nurse bunnies, new breeds of them will eventually come to you.

Killing bunny

If you want to add some suspense to your story, the killing bunny can help you with that. Be unexpected and kill the character which is important to the plot. Once this killing bunny comes, he tells you what to do. Perhaps, you have already thought about killing someone in your story but did not understand how it would affect the plot. Killing bunnies know exactly what will happen after that, just listen and nurture.

Cupid bunny

Unlike his older brother, The Cupid bunny adds love to your story. You can think up your characters even without an assumption that they will end up together. The Cupid bunny knows better and with a bit of nurture he’l show you who can create a perfect and non-boring love story without making the plot predictable.

Travel bunny

Why not change the location of your story? The Travel bunny does not want to sit in one location -neither does your reader. It wants to travel and find new places and ideas to develop your plot. Listen to the Travel bunny: send your characters on a trip or vacation and watch how the plot starts to develop.

Magic bunny

J.K. Rowling has done her best to tame this magic bunny and she did a pretty good job of it! Why don’t you try to do the same? Adding magic to your story could reveal new options for your characters. You don’t have to make them wizards but add some mysterious details − that will be enough to enhance your plot.

Liar bunny

In real life, people lie and it can be aweful but in a fiction, a lie can be the much needed spark of new and unexpected decisions. A liar can change the development of your plot and make your story more captivating. Do you remember Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn? She created the perfect liar. Use this and try putting it into your own work and see where your pot bunny takes you. 

Truth bunny

When a truth bunny comes, everything becomes crystal clear. Remember that the Liar bunny and truth bunny always come in a pair. The truth bunny reveals all the secrets and speaks for the advantage of good characters. As keen as the Truth bunny is, make sure he doesn’t reveal all to early.

Break-up bunny

While the Cupid bunny wants to add more love to your story, the break-up bunny wants to add some drama. Though it’s not necessary the two come as a pair, they do work great together.  The perfect love story with no bumps in the road? It rarely happens in life, so it should rarely happen in fiction. This bunny will break any couple, and who knows what consequences it will lead to…

Add-a-character bunny

A new character has the amazing potential to create a new plot. This character can change everything. Add-a-character bunny is a good friend of any other bunny. It can diversify any plot and make it even more interesting for your readers. If you work on a saga or a very long novel, make add-a-character bunny your best friend. Use these characters to keep your readers guessing at every turn. 

Crazy bunny

Last but not least, The Crazy bunny. No one really expects that a mad man/women will appear in a story. Especially when you write a love story. As a warning, this bunny needs to be handled with care, don’t plonk this type of character smack bang in the middle of your book and expect your readers to just be okay with that. Nurture it and let it grow throughout your story. Just do not go crazy together with this bunny! You need to write your story, remember?

What kind of bunny will visit you next time? What ever bunny it is, make sure to feed it, nurture it and above all else listen to it. Plot bunnies travel in packs, use each one to their full potential and take your readers on the journey of a lifetime. 

Written by Alice Jones


  1. Love it. As a owner of three real bunnies and a writer, I thoroughly enjoyed this analogy. Well done!

    1. Thank you Honestly Laura, we're really happy you enjoyed it :)


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