- What is the risk?
- What does the protagonist stand to lose if he does not get what he wants?
- What's the worst thing that will happen to the protagonist if he does not achieve his desire?
Maass gives three others when looking at stakes:
- So what? (In other words why does it matter?)
- How can this matter more?
- How could things get worse?
I created a worksheet for myself to use while I work out my revision outline next month. And it's a mixture of both sets of questions.
- What is the risk? -> First I want to identify the risk.
- What could my protag lose? -> There has to be something to lose.
- So what? -> Why does it matter if my protag doesn't get what he/she wants? If it doesn't matter, then it's not a great enough risk.
- What the worst thing that could happen to my protag? -> This is what needs to happen to raise the risks/stakes.
How do you raise the stakes?