Do we need to write a consequence for every action?


Check out this post from Jean’s Writing blog on the need to write a consequence for every action

Jean's Writing

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.

Such as…

  • action: she pulled her sweater tighter
  • reaction: draws unwanted attention
  • action: he seeks her out
  • reaction: love or hate, life or death?

This…

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