So, earlier this week I covered loving and cherishing plot bunnies. I promised a part II for when I hit 30k on my novel, so I will get to that in a minute. As you know, I am doing when I hit __k, I write a blog post. My next will be 32.5k because that will be half-way through my novel. 🙂
Also, this week is the last week of the summer holiday, so I will be writing like crazy, so prepare for a lot of blog posts by yours truly.
Anyway, now I’ve bored the heck out of y’all and got most of you to leave, I guess I can get straight on to the actual post. Turning your plot bunny into a plot dragon (aka, a writeable plot)
The first thing you must do is feed it. I mentioned this in my previous post. Feed it, it gets fat until it evolves into a plot dragon. Either that, or if you feed it books, it might find another plot bunny in all those lovely words and subplots, and breed with them to make a lovely little plot bunny that you can evolve into a dragon.
So, your bunny is now fat. The first thing we must do to make sure it can evolve into a plot, is identify what type of plot bunny it is…
is it a…
- Character plot bunny
- Setting plot bunny
- Scene plot bunny
- or perhaps just a sentence of dialogue.
Before we get any further, I’m just going to say that if you have that last one, you need to feed it more so it will find its mate. Unless you already have a plot bunny to combine it with, one line of text will not power a novel.
Think about it. Perhaps your line of dialogue is 10 words. The average novel length is around 75k. You’re going to have to times those ten words by 7500 to get a novel. Good luck on that front.
So breed your plot bunny!
if you perhaps have a character bunny, perhaps you could breed it with a settings bunny. If you have a setting bunny, breed it with a character bunny. If you have a scene bunny, work out where it would go in the story and build around it from there.
Out of these, I would say that the scene bunny is the easiest to build a novel around, because it has to have a character in it and it has to take place somewhere, so you’ve just got to figure out the problem the characters face, and how to get to that scene.
so what if you have one of the other two?
I would consider basing characters off of real life people ridiculous, but if you have a setting bunny, this can actually be quite fun. Take one of your best friends, and plop them in the setting. What happens? This can be a good way to get your plot.
If you have a character bunny, then develop your character, and keep on developing. Give them a side-kick, etcetera. Eventually, how your story goes will shape what genre it is, etcetera.
Now that your pesky little bunny is a fully-grown plot, you no longer need to handle it with thick, metal-plated gloves. Take them off and handle it like a normal plot!