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In writing, why are these events considered risks? What really are we risking? I mentioned the consequences of taking a risk earlier, but I believe that I’d like to express this point more explicitly.

When decisions are made that are contrary to a character’s…character (CHARACTER CHARACTER), you risk the writer’s currency: credibility. Credibility to a writer is what we use to purchase the reader’s attention. And trust me, an avid reader will expect nothing less.

Consider the girl who is trying to get her bread; we have created her to be meek. If she gets stranded and becomes a trained assassin, creeping up on the survivors and ripping out their hearts, she is not the character who we first presented.

Do characters change? Yes. But they are not altered or tampered with by the author. Drastic risks appear to be contrived instances of where the author wanted something to happen that the characters did not intend. These types of mistakes will rattle in a reader’s mind like stone in a tin can.

We need to be wary about the risks that we take. Each one must be calculated and backed up with a literary proof of why this risk could be taken (JUST GOT PAID). There must be water “under the bridge” if we are indeed going to jump.

It was a short post today. I hope it helps. Thanks to all of my committed readers. I really appreciate you. You are the reason that I write these blogs, and that is no lie.

4 thoughts on “CALCULATED RISKS

  1. juliehhicks

    William, this segment has definitely hit on something a lot of folks (myself included) need to focus more on when writing – or rather in order to write something with any hope of being a page turner. Thanks for posting!

    1. William Stadler Post author

      Thanks, Julie! I certainly agree. I encountered this topic in my own writing when I hit sort of a wall. I wanted a character to benevolent, but I decided against it. It was tough for me because I wanted him to have a good heart through it all, but the events seemed to be pushing him a direction that I didn’t want him to go. Because of that, I chose to play it out, realizing that it was a risk. What has come out of it has been more of a reason for my main to overcome his challenges. Thanks again for reading, Julie 🙂


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