Defining stakes that matter in your story

Bookmarked “They’re All Gonna Die!” Wait, Why Does That Matter? – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® by Jami Gold (WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®)

Stakes alone aren’t enough to pull readers into our story…here are some tips to make sure our stakes matter

  • Do consequences of failure exist for each of our characters’ goals?
  • Do the characters have something to lose to create a risk?
  • Do the stakes force characters to make sacrifices or difficult decisions?

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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