The plot of a story is the way a story is made interesting by inter-relating characters and events; an author has to convert what is often a very straightforward series of chronological events into an absorbing story. This is done through, for example, the creation of believable and interesting characters who become involved with each other in various ways; all plots tend to follow a similar trajectory or structure and use narrative devices such as the creation of atmosphere, mood and tension.

A plot hook is an important narrative device in which the action and tension of the story is made suddenly so interesting and involving that the reader feels he or she must continue reading to discover what will happen next.