The most famous rabbit hole of all time is the one Alice in Wonderland spiralled down into.
Learn from Alice: beware rabbits with pink eyes that might run past you when you are writing:
|Alice and the rabbit hole|
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her...In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again. The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.
You could end up feeling like Alice:
Presently she began again. `I wonder if I shall fall right THROUGH the earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think--' (she was rather glad there WAS no one listening, this time, as it didn't sound at all the right word) `--but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know. Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?' (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke--fancy CURTSEYING as you're falling through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) `And what an ignorant little girl she'll think me for asking! No, it'll never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere.'DownDownDown
Your job is not exploring but researching so that you can write. So to guide you, you might draw a map of rabbit holes – put a big X through the handful you do not need to move your plot along, and select the handful of VIRs that will.
And go down that handful.
|Alice's white rabbit with pink eyes|
How can you deal with unused rabbit holes?
You can use them for a sequel (if you have one), or in your website (if you have one) or else block their entrance ways with sand, and store your rabbit hole map with its X'ed out rabbit holes so that you can come back to it one day. Maybe.