Writing About “Obtaining”

Obtaining includes not only that which is possessed but also that which is achieved or lost. For example, one might obtain a law degree or lose an election. One can also obtain a condition, such as obtaining a smoothly operating political system or loosing the love of a parent. Whether it refers to a mental or physical state or process, obtaining describes the concept of attaining.

Excerpted from The Zen of Story Structure

DEFINITION: Obtaining: achieving or possessing something.

SYNONYMS: controlling for oneself, possessing, having, keeping.

DYNAMIC PAIR: Doing, engaging in a physical activity.