Write Your Novel Step by Step (105)
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~ Step 105 ~



Situational Relationship Growth – Act Two


Each character may have a number of different situational relationships with other characters, and may even have several relationships with single characters.  For example, Jane may be Tom's wife, but also his boss at the bank.  Furthermore, situational relationships can change all the time.  As when Tom gets promoted and is now Jane's boss!


So if you have a cop and a subordinate, what happens if one transfers to a different unit?  What if two brothers find out that one was adopted?  How does a construction worker deal with the discovery that he is really a secret agent with amnesia, and his wife is his control agent, as in "Total Recall?"


Previously, you have determined what you want your characters' situational relationships to be, and how you intend to reveal them.  But that is just a starting point.  Now you should let yourself go!  Consider your plot, incorporate unexpected changes in situational relationships, and list them here for every relationship for every set of characters you wish to explore.


If you usually have your characters maintain their situational relationship throughout the story, you can break free of that plodding predictability and add surprise and life here.


For this step, describe how your characters grow in their situational relationships in act two.  Be sure all situational relationships are addressed, even if you choose to maintain them without growth.