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~ Step 79 ~

Situational Relationships

As with the previous question, you should look for interesting ways of dropping expository information about your novel’s situational relationships (who is married to, works for or is contractually obligated to whom).

Still, even if nothing inventive comes to mind, a straightforward reveal is better than no reveal at all!  At some point, one way or another, you need to make sure your audience knows who is related to whom and in what way.

For example, a man is working at his desk in a busy office.  A woman rushes in, storms up to the desk, slaps him across the face and marches back out the door.  Rubbing his face, he looks up to see his co-workers staring at him and says, "My wife."

In this step, describe how you will reveal to your readers the situational relationships that exist among your characters.  Use specific examples of scenes or moments.