Writer’s Journal: Plot Bunnies

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I have lots of ideas. Some are better than others. Some are ideas about promoting my books and others are better called plot bunnies.

Plot bunnies, for the uninitiated, are story ideas that pop into a writer’s mind at all hours of the day and night. If unattended, they breed like the rabbits they’re named after. You start with a couple, corral them into a folder, and before you know it, there are dozens. Hangars in a closet do the same thing, now that I think of it.

Anywho … back to my topic. I went a long time with very few plot bunnies. As a result, they are disorganized. Some are on sticky notes taped to computer paper and tucked into folders, some are in a “plot bunnies” section of my planner, and others are in an actual folder on my desktop. I have also used ideas others have given me. Darcy’s Bodie Mine is a prime example of that.

I’m not sure why I had been writing for so long before I really started getting ideas, but I had. They’re popping out of me now every time I turn around! Not all are for the standalone books I generally write. I have two series in my list of plot bunnies, in two separate genres: Regency romance and clean sports romance. These two will not be Zoe Burton books. They will be under one or more different pen names.

If I or any other writer neglects to write down plot bunnies, they will sometimes go away. Some of them hang around and remind you of their existence now and again, but as a rule, they hop off, I assume into some other writer’s brain. I am quite often guilty of forgetting to write bunnies down. Needless to say, I also frequently scramble around trying to figure out what to write, because I did not record my ideas. LOL

I have made a concerted effort in the last year or so to corral all my bunnies into that folder on my computer. Yes, I know that means they are left unattended and are in there procreating, but it can’t really be helped. I need them to stay together so that when I’m looking for them, I can find them. And really, who doesn’t like more story ideas, anyway?

How do you keep track of your plot bunnies?

Come back next Wednesday for another peek into my journal! <3

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