Equilibrium As Mediator of Dramatic Tension in Creative Writing

"Matter + Cohesion + Energy + Gravity trying to restore equilibrium = Ripples." via Twitter @_Astro_Nerd_

She’s talking physics, but I’m seeing the same concept applied to writing fiction.

The undisturbed surface of a pond is at equilibrium, like a blank sheet of paper.

Add characters (matter) cohesion (what draws them together) energy (what the characters are doing) and gravity (the circumstances pulling them apart) and you get increasing/decreasing tension in waves, like ripples. You can move the variables around using mathematical principles to keep the story in balance.

I’m going to need to think about this a bit, but it makes more sense to me than a lot of "how to write" book advice.


"Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have. Don’t let the brightness of that big goal blind you to what happens on the way toward the goal. Meet one wave at a time and enjoy what progress you make.” — Lucille Ball