Writing Cause and Effect

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First of all, let’s clarify the difference between affect and effect.

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Now, consider cause and effect.

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Let’s say you’re writing a thriller and the protagonist is at home alone. You might write:

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With trembling fingers she locked the door. She knew the killer was on the other side.

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It’s stronger to write the scene like this:

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The killer was on the other side of the door. She reached out with a trembling hand to lock it.
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Cause: The killer is on the other side of the door.
Effect: She locks it.”                     (WD)

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Read more here:

http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/write-first-chapter-get-started/3-secrets-to-great-storytelling

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Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch this  4 minute video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPOsCuwfVcQ

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2. Complete these 2 worksheets.

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One cause can have several effects in your own story. Diagram one example here:

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One last bit of advice: Do NOT begin a sentence with “Because . . . “