If You Want Me To Turn The Page

That’s really all there is to it. Make me want to find out something if you want me to turn the page.

And the best way to do that is to give me a character that 1) is in some kind of conflict or that 2) has something mysterious going on in his life. Conflict will make me ask, “Will the character win?” And if you hint at some mysterious thing, I’ll probably ask a “who, what, when, where, or why” question.
How did his mother die?
Why did her father leave the family and never return?
Where did the note come from?
When will the volcano erupt?
What is the importance of the gun on the mantel?
Who is the man in the red shoe?

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