How Domino Can Help Writers Write Better Stories


Domino is a game played with a set of rectangular clay tiles marked on one side with an arrangement of dots. The domino pieces are usually twice as long as they are wide, with the center line visually dividing them into two squares, each of which has an identical pattern of spots or blanks (sometimes referred to as pips). Dominoes have many variants and use different numbers of pips on the ends. Each domino has a particular rank, indicated by the number of pips on both its face and its tail.

Dominoes are traditionally placed on a flat surface, such as a table or board. The first player, determined by drawing lots or whoever holds the heaviest hand, places the first tile on the table. Each subsequent player adds a tile to the end of the row until the stack becomes too tall or the game ends. The player who has the most pips on his or her final tiles wins the game.

The most common domino games use layouts, in which the players place a domino edge-to-edge against another in such a way that the value of their adjacent sides matches or forms some other total. In addition to traditional blocking and scoring games, there are also a number of other layout games, including solitaire, trick-taking and even a version of poker. These adaptations of traditional card games were popular in areas where religious proscriptions against playing cards existed.

A physicist who studies the dynamics of physical systems like dominoes explains that, when a domino is standing upright, gravity exerts a force on it equal to its mass. This energy is potential, or stored, in the domino. When the domino is knocked over, the energy converts to kinetic, or moving, energy, which in turn pushes other dominoes over. This process continues until the last domino has fallen.

In the case of Domino, the result is a beautiful cascade of rhythmic motion. When writing a story, the domino effect can help authors create scenes that are compelling and logical. This is particularly useful for writers who want to tell a story that would otherwise be impossible or improbable to conceive.

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