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Seminar: High Stakes Plotting

November 24 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

You know there needs to be something at stake in your plot, but are those stakes high enough to keep the reader engaged?  Are the stakes getting higher as your story progresses?  Will readers be on the edge of their seats, so invested in what is happening to your character that they feel like they’re living the events of your story?  We will focus on setting stakes appropriate to your genre and creating plot points that highlight those stakes. This interactive seminar, suitable for fiction writers, screenwriters and memoir writers, will also offer answers to:

  • What is the difference between personal and public stakes?
  • What are ultimate stakes?
  • How can I make my story matter more to my protagonist?
  • How do choice, cause and effect impact stakes?
  • What are ticking clocks, and when does it make sense to use one?
  • How do stakes affect catharsis and reader satisfaction?
  • How can I avoid undercutting my story’s stakes?
  • How does plot pacing affect the reader’s perception of the stakes?
  • How can I ensure that my story delivers a satisfying payoff?