I'm so excited to be part of Deana Barnhart's Gearin' Up to Get an Agent Blogfest!
One of the things I've been thinking about lately is related to plotting and stakes. I know it's essential to have something at stake for your main character. That is, something the character wants that motivates their actions. One of the comments I often get from my critique partners is that my character's motivations don't seem strong enough. I know this seems pretty basic, but I'd like to know more about creating "high stakes".
My question is: How do you know if the stakes are high enough? Do all the characters need some kind of stakes, or just the protagonist?
Sorry, this is really two questions (I'm an overachiever), take your pick!
****** In case you missed it, I'm celebrating by giving away 3 "mystery" middle grade novels, one per week for the next three weeks. There's still time to enter to join in the fun! *******