Writing About Dominoes

Domino is a game played with rectangular tiles that have a number showing on one end and a blank or decorated surface on the other. Each player in turn places a domino on the table positioning it so that when it touches another domino it will either add to or subtract from the total number of pips shown. When the entire chain is completed, it is called a Domino Chain and the winner is the player with the most pips. Dominoes can be played with any number of players but the most popular games are those that involve blocking other players from completing their chains.

Dominos are also a symbol of how something small can lead to something much larger. The phenomenon is known as the domino effect, and it can be used in business to great advantage. For example, if an employee is a high performer but has low morale, a manager can encourage that individual by demonstrating how important that person is to the organization. By providing positive reinforcement and encouragement, a manger can help an employee feel appreciated, which in turn leads to better performance.

In the Domino’s story, a lack of strong leadership caused the company to lose its way and become stagnant. A new CEO came in with a fresh vision, and the company quickly began to thrive. A major part of that success was listening to employees, and putting their ideas into action. This line of communication extended to the company’s customers as well, as Dominos listened to their feedback and addressed any complaints promptly. This helped to build a loyal following among the company’s customer base and strengthened the brand.

When writing a scene, if you can create the same rhythm and timing of a domino cascade, your reader will be drawn into your story. The scene needs to be paced correctly, and it shouldn’t be too long (which can drag on before the hero achieves or loses his or her goal) or too short (which can leave readers wondering what happens next).

Hevesh takes hours to set up her domino arrangements, but once she has them in place all she has to do is watch them fall according to the laws of physics. Whenever she is creating her most intricate designs, Hevesh tests out each section by placing a single domino in the middle of her setup and filming it to make sure everything works as planned.

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