What’s at Stake in Your Novel? – by Dana Isaacson…

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.

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