In Dave Farland’s “kick” this morning, he writes about great plots that include contrasts. I think it is fairly obvious that a story has to have conflict to be interesting. Otherwise, it could be a grocery list or recipe or job description. The tension created due to a problem or situation your main character is experiencing and the satisfaction felt when the problem is solved is what keeps readers reading.
One thought in particular from the article caught my attention because I think following Dave’s advice would give any plot an interesting twist. Here’s what he said: “… pay close attention to these contrasts. In every story, look at what your reader wants and needs, but show them the difficulties that come when your fondest wishes come true.”