Is there a simple way to make the plot of your story irresistible, so that your readers keep turning pages, desperate to find out what happens next?
Yes. Every irresistible plot contains seven key elements that help catch the reader’s attention and hold it to the very last page.
These keys are so universal that you’ve seen them hundreds of times before, even if you didn’t recognize them. In fact, you’ll actually find these plot keys hidden in the spelling of the word FICTION.
F is for Flaw
In a well-crafted story, something is already wrong even before page one. It could be a dysfunctional relationship, an unhealthy situation, or an unresolved trauma haunting the viewpoint character. Or all three at the same time.
Creating a character who is perfectly fine at the start of the story robs you of opportunities to put your character in deeper and more complex trouble over the coming pages.
But starting the story with a character already suffering a certain amount of misery gives them more room to grow — and helps make your story irresistible.