What if someone bombed the Federal Center in Oklahoma City? How would that change lives of loved ones effected? What if peach growers in South Carolina are wiped out because of drought or infestation? How does this event impact Sadie’s jam and jelly business? We can see how calamity can move our plot along even while our main characters are at rest. What if? as a tension builder.

What if?:

1. We change the mood of our story by some happening.

2. We add new and endangering ingredients.

3. We create an unorthodox happening.

In summary, it’s a good idea to scrutinize our story environment or place to effect a desired move in plot.