Module 2: Story Heart
Lesson 5 (of 6) – Stakes
Playbook Action Step(s):
Action Step #1 – Your stakes:
What are your story’s stakes?
Readers need a solid reason to stay inside your story, and your stakes give
them a clear and critical reason to stick around to “The End.”
– What are your story’s stakes? Please use the below stakes formula)
Now you must solidify your stakes which will act as your Either/Or scenario and compel readers to wait to learn the outcome of your story.
Note: If you don’t find your stakes compelling enough, your readers may
– If (your protagonist) does not (achieve their Story Goal), then (your antagonist) will (achieve their Story Goal).
The Lord of the Rings
– If (Frodo Baggins) does not (destroy the ring), then (Sauron will use the ring to enslave Middle-earth).
– If (Nick Dunne) does not (prove his innocence), then (Amy Dunne remains free while Nick goes to prison).