To me, something that can often detract from a book is when the story or characters bunny-trail. It is greatly frustrating to me when writers do this, they take space up in a book with excess characters or plot lines and waste the possibilities and potential that is at their fingertips. So here are 3 tips on how to avoid the ever frustrating bunny-trail.
- #1. If something doesn’t add to your main story goal but rather is a personal pet idea be prepared to crush it mercilessly. It’s that scene that you have played out in your head 236 times and is really cool but doesn’t really fit in anywhere. Most of the time it’s not a good plan to structure your entire story around one little scene that has no purpose beyond making you, the author, happy. If you can fit these beloved scenes into the story without them detracting from the flow of it, then go ahead and enjoy yourself, but not at the expense of your story’s purpose.
- #2. Avoid characters that are unnecessary. The more often you bring in characters who serve little to no purpose at all the more often you will injure your story and distract your readers from the overall goal. Often these characters end up flat, annoying, or plain weird!
- #3. And last but not least, have characters and plot threads serve dual purposes. Often time the best way to a good story that doesn’t bunny-trail is by taking a smaller amount of people and plot threads and using them for multiple things. Rather than have many characters who serve one single story purpose and end up lacking the time to develop the personality of each and every one, make your characters influential and important in multiple ways and gain time to showcase their individual personalities. Instead of having one incident serve a single purpose in the plot have it serve three. Your plot and people will be stronger, more realistic, and you will avoid the annoying bunny-trail.
Alrighty, guys, that’s it for today. I hope these tips are helpful in your present and future writing endeavors! Comment below with your thoughts-do you agree with these tips?
Happy writing, y’all!