Dominoes and the Art of Writing

Like playing cards or dice, domino is a generic game piece used for a variety of games. Dominoes are small rectangular wood or plastic blocks, the face of each bearing an arrangement of spots that resemble those on dice. Each domino has two ends, which are either blank or marked by a number (usually 0-6) equal to the domino’s rank. The rank of a domino is determined by its pip count, with higher numbers indicating more powerful pieces.

In most games, a player must play a domino so that its matching end shows the desired value. Depending on the game, a domino may be placed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally; it is always played in such a way that its matching end touches another tile. The result of such play is that a chain of tiles develops, which can be continued until all players are unable to continue and the game ends.

The game of domino can be as simple or as complicated as the rules and players allow. A popular variant involves blocking and scoring, but there are also many other types of domino games such as concentration or trick-taking. In a typical scoring game, the winner is the player whose dominoes have the highest total pips after a specified number of rounds. To win, a player must have all of his or her dominoes remaining on the table, including doubles, which count as one or two (depending on game rules) and double-blank, which count as zero.

Domino’s success has come from following core values and being open to feedback from employees. This is evident in the Domino’s Undercover Boss series where CEO Don Meij goes to work as a delivery driver and analyzes how the company handles its pizzas and delivery services. He implements new practices to improve employee morale and performance.

For example, he suggests that employees wear uniforms so they can be recognized by customers and deliver their food in a more timely manner. He also encourages employees to talk directly to their customers and listen to their feedback. This line of communication is critical to the company’s success.

The same principle applies to the art of writing. Whether you compose your manuscript off the cuff or take your time with a detailed outline, plotting a novel ultimately comes down to one question: what happens next? Using the domino effect in your writing can help you answer that question with a dynamic story.

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