One of the things I learned in my fourth go round at NaNoWriMo was about plot ninjas and plot bunnies. What are they? Basically, they are a kind of prompt to include someone or something in your writing. It can give you a fresh idea when you are stuck. When you go to the NaNoWriMo kick-off, you get one or two plot bunnies or plot ninjas sealed in an envelope. The idea is that you keep them until you are stuck. Then you open them up and use the idea to keep you writing.
I know most of my readers are not participating in NaNoWriMo but I figured I would include some plot ninjas (my preferred term) here from time to time, just in case someone can use them. So here’s the first edition of plot ninjas.
–A new character enters your story. They are fond of sparkles and bangles.
–Put a hula hoop in your novel.
–Put a backpack in your novel. What is inside of it? Who does it belong to?
–Your main character approaches a closet. What will he/she find in there? Or maybe it is who will she/he find in there?
I’ll do this again from time to time during the month.