Jack was a stickler for adhering to logical actions and reactions in fiction. He called it the law of “Stimulus and Response.” I hope I can do the theory justice, but please assume any errors or failures in the message are due to my interpretation, not his sage advice.
Stimulus and Response:
B. Make sure your stimulus follows your response closely in most cases.
C. The easiest way to build a scene is to think of it as a tennis match of stimulus and response, i.e.:
Many cases of writer’s block are caused by too much stimulus being stacked up, so the author has a difficult time knowing what his or her character should do, i.e.:
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