The screenwriting journey for both your main characters and your audience should be filled with twists and turns; ups and downs.
Screenwriters are taught to raise the stakes for their characters to create excitement, tension, intrigue and anxiety. This is more than simply putting multiple obstacles in the path of the main characters in your screenplay to stop them achieving their goals. There must be serious consequences for failure.
Stakes explore the POTENTIAL for things to go wrong for your main characters. Stakes must be substantial, not merely an inconvenience. They literally should be a matter of life and death.
Writers must explain how not achieving their goals will affect the characters, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually too. It needs to be deeply personal.
Let’s look at some ways to raise the stakes for your main characters by examining the repercussions if they fail:
- They lose the respect of…
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