The Domino Effect in Story-Writing


The word domino is used to describe a series of events that starts with one simple action and ultimately leads to much larger, or even catastrophic consequences. This concept has become a popular metaphor, leading to the common expression, “the Domino Effect.” Today’s Wonder of the Day asks, how can we use this domino image when writing stories?

You’ve probably seen domino constructions in which the first piece is tipped ever so slightly, and it causes the rest of the chain to fall in a beautiful cascade. But what makes that first tip so important? And how do we make the entire thing work? In this Wonder, we’ll learn more about the science behind a domino construction, and see how we can apply that knowledge to our own story-writing.

Dominoes are rectangular pieces of wood or other materials, with a special pattern of spots on one side. The other side of the domino is blank or identically patterned. The spots on a domino are called pips, and each end of the domino has a different number of pips than the other ends. A typical domino set contains 28 tiles, although some sets have more or less than that. Dominos are also known by other names, such as bones, cards, tiles, blocks, and tickets.

In a domino game, players take turns placing tiles on the table in a row, positioning each tile so that its matching ends touch each other. The result is a long, snake-like chain. Each time a player plays a domino, the chain grows longer. When a player can’t play another domino, or the opponents block their way with tiles, the game stops.

The simplest domino games involve playing against an opponent to try to empty the other player’s hands. Other domino games are scoring games, in which the winning player is the first to reach a certain point in the chain. Still others require blocking, in which the players try to keep their own pips in their hands.

Whether you’re playing a simple game or creating a complex structure, every domino needs to be spaced correctly for the sequence to work. This is true both of the physical structure and the sequence of events in a story. The scenes in your story need to advance the plot by moving the hero closer to or farther from the goal, and they must be at just the right length. Too long, and the scene feels slow and ponderous; too short, and it doesn’t have enough impact on the next scene.

Similarly, the domino constructions Hevesh creates take many trials to get just right. She tests each section of the design individually, filming it in slow motion to help her make precise corrections when something doesn’t work. Once she’s satisfied with the individual sections, she puts them together into the final designs you see in videos online. These designs include straight lines, curved lines, grids that form pictures, 3D structures like towers and pyramids, and more.

MMA Betting Strategies

MMA betting is one of the most exhilarating ways to wager on fights. In a MMA fight, two highly skilled athletes battle inside of a cage with no teammates and no timeouts. The sport has become increasingly popular as more and more fans discover the thrill of watching elite fighters compete in a unique fighting style. There are a few tried and tested strategies that can help bettors make the most out of their MMA betting experience.

The first step in making a successful MMA bet is to conduct thorough research on the fighters involved. This will involve looking at their statistics, such as strikes landed and taken, as well as examining their style of fighting. In addition, bettors should also pay attention to the fighter’s training camps to see how they’re preparing for their upcoming match ups. If a fighter is training at a new gym, or is taking on a much more experienced opponent, this should be reflected in the odds.

Another aspect of mma betting is studying the history between fighters. Often, older fighters will have an advantage over younger opponents because of their experience and superior technical knowledge. However, this doesn’t mean that a young fighter cannot win if they’re properly prepared. In fact, when the fighters are ten years or more apart in age, younger opponents have won 61% of the time.

When it comes to deciding on how to bet on an MMA fight, many bettors choose to place a moneyline bet on their favorite fighter. These bets are relatively simple and can be placed pre-fight or during the fight itself. The odds are constantly changing and can be influenced by the news that is released about the match ups or any injuries that occur during the training camp.

For a more precise bet, bettors can try their hand at MMA prop bets. These bets focus on particular aspects of a fight and offer higher payouts but also come with more risk. The most common MMA prop bets include the over/under and round bets.

The over/under is a bet on the total number of rounds that the fight will last. The oddsmakers set the over/under based on their expected number of rounds and the stances and styles of both fighters. For example, if the fighters have an aggressive style and both possess great takedown defense, the over/under might be set high. However, if the fighters have an average fighting style and are evenly matched, the over/under might be low.

Round bets are a type of prop bet that requires the bettor to pick the exact round where they think the fight will end. They can choose between a knockout, submission, or judges’ decision. The odds for this type of bet are more precise than the moneyline and over/under, which means that a precise pick will yield a better payout. However, this type of bet is not for the faint of heart as it is difficult to predict when a fight will end.