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  • Writer's pictureZack Dictakis

[CAUSALITY]

Updated: Jan 7

Stories are about characters who make choices, BUT are confronted with challenges, THEREFORE they do something about it.


BUT

An obstacle, consequence, or thing standing in the way of what the character wants.


THEREFORE

A choice is made by the character to deal with an obstacle, consequence, or thing standing in the way of what they want.


Stories unfold because of the actions and reactions of the characters within them.


Grace is in love with Talia.

BUT

Talia has started dating Rupert.

THEREFORE

Grace criticizes everything Rupert does.

BUT

Talia, thinking Grace to be jealous of her, distances herself.

THEREFORE

Grace shows up one night professing her love to Talia, who reveals she feels the same way.

BUT

Rupert had asked Talia to marry him earlier that day, Talia had said yes, and plans to go through with it.

THEREFORE

Grace hatches a plot to frame Rupert for a serious crime.

BUT

She accidentally kills him with a lethal dose of a drug intended to knock him out.

THEREFORE

Grace puts Rupert into his car and sends him off a cliff into a lake, hoping it seems like an accident.

BUT

When Grace returns home, Talia is waiting. Talia tells her she's not going to marry Rupert.

THEREFORE

Grace and Talia spend the night together.

BUT

Grace was wrong, Rupert hadn't died from the overdose, or the car crash.

THEREFORE

Grace drives Talia, in shambles, to the hospital.

BUT

Wracked with guilt for cheating, Talia asks to take space from Grace so she can care for Rupert.


Okay, I got carried away with my example, but this is a great way to fight through writer's block.


Keep the tension high. Make the characters do things. Make something get in the way of them getting what they want. Make them do something about it. Repeat.


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