Ready for this? This is what a story needs to keep the reader interested:
1. Main character is in trouble right away, and we care! Oh no! How will this be resolved?
2. Main character tries to fix her situation, but everything she does makes it worse. Oh man!
3. Lowest Low: Everything looks hopeless for the main character.
4. Highest High: The misfortunes that befell the main character have taught her how to personally overcome the opposition.
Since I know this, why is writing a novel so hard? I feel like I’m in a jungle hacking down vines to make a path, and now I’m lost and have to wee and fire ants are swarming at my ankles and I’m crying while chewing on tree bark.
Guess I’ll write a fight scene till I figure it out.