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Signposts to Notice &Note
Contrasts &
Contradictions
When a character’s actions contrast with what you’d expect or contradict earlier behavior, STOP and ask, “Why is the character doing that?”
Aha! Moment
When a character realizes, understands, or figures something out, STOP and ask, “How might this change things?”

Tough Questions
When a character faces a difficult question STOP and ask, “What does this question make me wonder about?

Words of the Wiser
When a character offers advice, STOP and ask, “What is the life lesson and how might it effect the character?”

Again & Again
When something occurs again and again, STOP and ask, “Why does this keep happening?”

Memory Moment
When a memory interrupts the story, STOP and ask, “Why might this memory be important?