Posted on 06/19/2019 at 02:56 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

While a clever title, enticing blurb, and professional cover are all essential parts of drawing a reader in, your plot’s stakes are the real meat of a bestselling story.

(Sorry, couldn’t help ourselves.)

So how do you make sure readers are invested strongly enough in your protagonists and what they have to lose?

H.R. D’Costa, author of Story Stakes, offers five ways to keep the stakes high in a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog.

And if you’re not sure what your characters can or should be risking, D’Costa also shared the story stake cheat sheet — with eleven types of stakes you can serve up to readers.    

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