Using Dominoes to Enhance Your Novel


When a domino hits the ground, it can create a cascade of movement. The same goes for a scene in your novel—if you place each action like a domino, they will influence one another, pushing the narrative forward and giving your story momentum.

Domino is a tile game of chance or skill where players take turns placing tiles on the table so that their matching ends touch each other. When a player cannot play the next tile because there are no matching ones, he or she “knocks” and play passes to the next player. The games played with dominoes can be very complex or very simple. The rules of the games are generally based on counting or arithmetic properties of the domino tiles, such as totals of lines and tile halves.

A domino is a flat, thumb-sized rectangular block with a face bearing from one to six spots or dots. It also has a back that is either blank or patterned with a design. A complete domino set has 28 tiles. The word comes from the Latin dominium, a diminutive of dominus, meaning master of the house. The name has been used since the early 18th century to refer to both the game and the playing pieces. The word later came to mean a long, hooded cloak worn over a mask during carnival season or at a masquerade.

Hevesh has been creating amazing domino arrangements for more than 10 years, and she now has a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers where she posts videos of her work. She has created huge projects for TV shows, movies, and events—including the album launch of Katy Perry—and even holds a Guinness World Record for a domino chain that is circular in shape.

While domino can be an individual game, it is often played in groups. It can be played on a large table or even on a floor, with each player attempting to build a sequence of tiles as high as possible. The winner is the first player to complete a full sequence of tiles, either by playing all their own tiles or by knocking down all the other players’ tiles.

The way the dominoes are placed on the table makes them look a little like playing cards. The tops of the dominoes are usually marked with a pattern of spots, or pips, that represent numbers. Each side of the domino has a different number represented by an arrangement of pips, and the bottom of each domino is marked with a line or ridge that separates it into two square halves. The dominoes are molded or drilled with the pips, and they can be painted in many colors. In some sets, the pips are arranged in a uniform pattern, while others use a random assortment of pips. In most of the available domino games, each tile must be positioned on its side so that the pips are facing up, and the matching end is touching an adjacent piece.

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