Just when you thought all you had to do with plot was open with a hook, figure out the character motivation, throw some logic into the mix, remember that actions have consequences, and send your protagonist hurtling toward a dynamic, exciting climax …
What’s required of any plot in commercial fiction (if you want to be successful and/or garner readers on a consistent basis):
*An opening with trouble for the protagonist
*Trouble that escalates in the first three chapters
*An exciting event in the middle of the book that’s either a shocking plot twist or a major confrontation between the hero and villain
*A doozy of a climax
This small list ensures that you offer at least four high points in a long story. Each one should meet and exceed reader expectation.
One more thing … keep in mind that each turning point needs to be topped by the next one, and the next, all the way to the finale.
If you lead with your most exciting event, your plot will lose steam quickly.