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Suddenly, Ducks (or commonly SUDDENLY, DUCKS!) is a plot device used by many to move the story along by adding random ducks in the novel and having to explain why they are there. Originally just ducks, it has other variations, such as Suddenly, Demon Ducks! or Suddenly, Dancing Ducks! Similar to the Traveling Shovel of Death or the Trebuchet Club, it serves to make NaNoWriMo a bit easier.
Suddenly, Ducks was conceived by an ML furiously typing ducks into a fellow Wrimo's novel during a brunch. Since then, it has become a plot device for just about anything.
There are several variations of Suddenly, Ducks!
- Suddenly, Vodka!
- Suddenly, Ninjas! (see also: Busty Lesbian Cabbage Pirate Ninja)
- Chandler's Law, the TVTropes equivalent (which mentions NaNo's use of the trope)