I say a lot of stuff about writing and 90% of it is for my own benefit. I’m still learning. Higher stakes and plot are two of the things I still have a lot of trouble with. I’m learning and getting better, but sometimes I have to remind myself that there need to be stakes for your protagonist and characters or no one is going to care. A lot of my older stories lack high stakes or if the stakes are there, they aren’t made clear to the reader. So it’s something I have to be vigilant about. Character studies are great but they need something to pull them along into story.

Also stakes are good to have on hand in case of vampire attack, so…

‘Stakes’ no longer looks like a real word.

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