Check out this post from Jean’s Writing blog on the need to write a consequence for every action
A reaction for every action? Large or small?
The short answer is yes. I think so.
Once I grasp this concept, things began going a little smoother. Now in each scene, I stop and ask what will the characters consequence be for each action.
Even the smallest of decisions can move a story forward. For instance, stopping to buy a coffee can result in meeting the right or wrong person. Turning left instead of right can result in an accident or a chance meeting.
See. Each decision your character makes must have a consequence sooner or later to drive the story to the end.
It’s simple cause and effect.
My current work in progress I’m using action-reaction to move each scene forward. Even the most mundane of things.
- action: she pulled her sweater tighter
- reaction: draws unwanted attention
- action: he seeks her out
- reaction: love or hate, life or death?
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