Dominoes, Chain Reactions, and Novels


A domino is a small rectangular block, the face of which has either blank space or an arrangement of dots resembling those on dice. It is used to play a variety of games. In the West, a domino is typically made of wood or plastic. A complete set of dominoes consists of 28 dominoes. A player scores points in domino games by laying dominoes end to end in a line or angular pattern and then counting the number of exposed dots. When a domino has the same number of exposed dots on both ends, it is called a double (or doublet). A 6-6 domino is the most common.

Dominoes may be stacked to form structures such as towers or pyramids. They are also used to create art such as a picture or a grid of dominoes that forms a pattern when it falls. The simplest way to create domino art is by drawing a diagram on paper and then using a pencil to outline the dominoes to be used. A skilled domino artist can use straight lines, curved lines, a pattern such as a circle or a square, or even 3D objects such as castles and towers.

The term domino also refers to a series of events that can be triggered by one action, such as the knocking over of an entire sequence of dominoes, which may have been carefully placed in a specific order. This is a type of chain reaction that can be dramatic and entertaining to watch. Some people even compete in domino shows, where they build elaborate and imaginative domino effects or reactions to impress audiences of viewers.

For example, a domino effect might be a car crash, a rocket launch, or a trip to the zoo that is triggered by the simple action of someone stepping on one of the dominoes. The story in a novel can be a series of domino effects that leads up to the final climax. This can be more exciting to read than a series of events that occur one at a time.

When it comes to writing a novel, whether we write off the cuff or take the time to create a detailed outline, the process of plotting a novel eventually comes down to one question: What will happen next? Considering how to incorporate the domino effect into your fiction will help you answer this question and make sure that your reader is engaged throughout your story.

When it comes to the domino effect at work, Domino’s CEO Brendan Doyle understands that listening is an essential part of making good business decisions. For example, when employees complained about the company’s dress code and leadership training programs, Doyle took their feedback seriously and implemented changes that improved employee satisfaction. He’s also committed to keeping communication open with customers, even when it’s difficult, which has led to a series of success stories for Domino’s including winning a Top Workplaces Leadership Award.