Exercise 5: Stakes

Part A: Return to the main characters from your three favorite films.
  • What was one important choice they had to make where the stakes were high?
  • What were the stakes?
  • Can you identify them as internal, external or philosophical?
Part B: Think about a difficult choice you had to make in your own life. What was at stake?
Part C: Return to one of the obstacles your character might face from the previous exercise. Now think of the choice this obstacle forces them to make. Answer the following:
  • What are the possible stakes of this choice?
  • Can you come up with an internal, external or philosophical stake which applies to this choice?