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It is important to realize that there is no right or wrong way to plot a story – just different ways. As long as your tale holds the reader’s attention, entertains and delights, then the method you use to achieve this end is as valid and effective as anyone else’s.
Some people do all the hard work in their heads, mulling over ideas, developing them, trying out different permutations until they come up with a workable storyline and then rush to write them as swiftly as possible.
To add the flavor a story should show conflict which is about anything or anyone that upsets the smooth-running of your main character’s life. It can be internal such as a crisis of faith, a fear to be overcome or a problem created by a flaw in the character’s own personality.
Good drama looks at what happens when the extraordinary occurs. It shows how people react unusual and unexpected circumstances. Aim for a nail-biting finish. Keep the reader holding his breath until the last word.
The more you place your hero in jeopardy the stronger the tension. Tingling anticipation and dread will hold readers glued.