Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Good Thing About Short Stories

The good thing about short stories?

I can totally surrender to the plot bunnies!!

If you aren't familiar with the term, "plot bunnies" generally refers to those pesky ideas that multiple like rabbits in your brain while you're diligently (trying to) chipping away at your 100k word novel. Plot bunnies for me are like shiny objects are for my cat. Unbelievably distracting.

The beauty of a short story is just that. It's short. So while I'm writing short story 1, I can pop over to a new word document and jot down a few paragraphs for short story 2, 3, and 4 without experiencing the spasms of guilt that usually accompany such actions when I'm writing a novel. Heck, I might even finish story 2 right then and there before I've returned to story 1.

It's refreshing.

I'm enjoying my creative break. I'm not NOT writing, I'm just doing something else. And the plot bunnies are going crazy.

Anybody else struggle with plot bunnies?


  1. Sometimes I use short stories as a way to explore the characters of a novel before I commit to writing it.

  2. ha! too cute!
    may your bunnies continue to progenate and bring you joy! :)

  3. I have very, very few plot ideas. I throw a lot of them out after 15 seconds of thought. Some I've written down, but I don't like them enough to want to pursue them. Not at the moment, anyway.

  4. @ Connie Hey, good idea.

    @ aspiring_x thanks :-)

  5. @ Jaimie Really? I cannot stop the ideas from pouring in!! It's sort of a good problem to have but at times it can be exhausting/discouraging because I don't have the time and energy to address them all. I just try to write them all down and hope that one day I can get to them. Lately I've been turning lots of half-baked novel ideas into short stories. It works much better in terms of my time and energy.


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