Attack of the Plot Bunnies!

I am loving this metaphor. I will definitely start using this imagery when I’m jotting down plot notes.

The Sarcastic Muse

They can smell your fear... (c) id-ion used under CC BY-NC 2.0 They can smell your fear… (c) id-ion used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Plot bunnies…

Are they bouncing around in your brain, multiplying over and over again until your cranium is packed full of furry little plots with cute wiggling noses and vicious, gnashing teeth?  How in the world can you wrangle all this inspirational, yet horrific, furriness?  Well, first off you can put on your boots, wade into the sea of bunnies, and start corralling them into archetypes.

Plot archetypes are the basic bones of a story.  It defines the path that the characters, mainly the protagonist, will travel.  Understanding and identifying a plot archetype may bring clarity to a story, allowing the writer to help strengthen and streamline the structure.  Overall, there are 9 basic plot types that are widely used.  Some of these plots can be broken down into smaller sub-plots, while others can be completely revamped and take on…

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