When rabbits grow, they multiply. And not like 7 x 6 = 42.
More like 1 x 1 = a litter.
My back yard is full of bunnies. They eat my lilacs, poop on my sidewalk, and chomp away all the buds from my perennials. They are a royal pain in my back side.
Which reminds me of a WIP that is quietly hanging out in the TBRevised pile.
Sometimes we get carried away with story lines and we let those plot bunnies multiply. We think it adds tension and drama and depth. And to a certain extent they do.
But sometimes, we end up with a whole litter of them and they run out of control. They take over the main conflict, nibble at the important story lines and out number the MC.
I should have let DH shoot them when he had the chance. But no, I’m a sucker for those fuzzy little ears and milky white paws. And their noses…. Be still my heart when a baby bunny twitches his little nose my way. I’m a sucker for bunnies.
Sadly, my TBR manuscript shows it. One agent suggested it might be too issue heavy. What I think she meant was prolific.
I’m going to don my farmer’s overalls and chase down my plot bunnies. And the next time two of them shack up under my shed, I’m going to let DH give them the boot.
One plot bunny is nice. I think I’ll keep it that way.
Do you have a problem with runaway plot bunnies? How do you balance the population in your manuscripts? And how do you decide which plot threads add to your manuscript and which ones eat away at the gist of your story?