on Career Authors:
- Does he keep his past hidden?
- Does she find her sister?
- Do they reach HQ in time?
- Does she discover who poisoned Lady Persephone?
What’s at stake in your novel differs from your character’s motivation. Your character is motivated to resolve a dilemma, which they may or may not accomplish. The stake is the consequence of failure. It’s why they try, and why the story matters—to you, to your characters, and to readers.