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For those of you working on manuscripts, check out this blog post full of Word doc tips at The Blood-Red Pencil.
And for the poets amongst us, you'll enjoy some fine reading on the same topic at RATTLE.
A few more Donald Maass quotes from Writing the Breakout Novel, Chapter 3, "Stakes":
- "If there is one single principle that is central to making any store more powerful, it is simply this: Raise the stakes."
- "Can you point to the exact pages in which the stakes escalate, locking your protagonist into his course of action with less hope of success than before?"
- "To put a principled person at risk is to raise the stakes in your story to a high degree. Better still is to test that individual's principles to the utmost."
- "...a combination of high public stakes and deep personal stakes is the most powerful engine a breakout novel can have."
- "Plot problems and the yearnings of your characters do not come from nowhere; they come from you."
What are you currently reading, and how is it?