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~ Step 102 ~

Situational Relationship Intros – Act One

Situational relationships (such as being married, being siblings, business partners or in a chain of command) come in major and minor varieties.  Characters may be involved in any number of these relationships with any number of other characters.

Some authors prefer to get the most important relationships out of the way first, and then refine the reader/audience understanding with less compelling relationships later.  Other authors like to start with the subtle situational relationships, then put them in context with the more broad stroke relationships.

The order in which relationships are revealed doesn't change the substance of the story, but significantly alters the experience of the story for your readers.

You have already developed ideas for how to reveal each situational relationship independently in the Exposition Stage, but in this step, briefly describe how you will introduce the situational relationships among your characters relative to one another.

In other words, you might reveal several relationships in an argument and several others independently both before and after that argument.

So for this step, work out if and how you will group these introductions and in what order.