How do I set the stakes in my story?

How do I set the stakes in my story?

My friend Erynn recently emailed me this question. “I’ve submitted to The Company’s critique group a few times and one of your comments kind of stuck with me. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind giving me a little writing advice? You mentioned...
It’s ok to just write.

It’s ok to just write.

I have a startling message for you. You can just write. You don’t have to want to publish or build a platform. You’re allowed to just enjoy the art form and express yourself. I own a meat smoker and I love it. During the warmer months, most weekends you’ll find me...