|spot illustration from A Shadow Story|
If we're new to writing, we can't always trust our gut. What we think is the most amazing plot ever written can fall flat to agents and publishers. So, how do you know when a plot is good?
One thing I think it takes to craft a good plot is a compelling conflict. The main character wants something that's hard to achieve. But more than that, it should be a sympathetic goal. The reader wants it for her. The more difficult it is, the more she and the reader wants it, the more satisfying it is when it's finally achieved.
What do you think it takes to make a good plot?