plot bunny

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Etymology[edit]

From the metaphorical image of the writer's brain producing ideas with the abundance and speed with which rabbits are fabled to breed.

Noun[edit]

plot bunny (plural plot bunnies)

  1. (informal) An idea for a story, usually referring to an author having more ideas than he or she can use.
    • 2003, Glatzer, Jenna, Outwitting Writer's Block: And Other Problems of the Pen, ISBN 1-59228-124-9, p. 99:
      "Alternatively," she [T.M. Taylor] says, "the plot bunnies may be going somewhere you don't want to go, like when the plot calls for the death of a favorite character"