What are your story "must-haves"?
Personally, mine are twofold. First, I need to be pulled into the world of the story I am reading. Whether it is Hogwarts, the Roaring 20s, or a bed in breakfast in a sleepy coastal town in Maine, I need to feel transported there. I need to feel in the midst of what’s going on.
Secondly, I need to care about the characters. Whether they are funny, or clever, or witty, or compassionate, or mourning, or the underdog, I need to care about what happens to them. If I don’t care whether the protagonist has something happy happen to them or is shot in the face, there is a serious disconnect!
I really like the plot to move at a pretty good clip, but if I have these other two elements, I will be okay with it taking a little longer to get the story going.
What about you? Share in the comments!