Find the hidden current that makes stories move.

What is it about a novel that sweeps us up into its world? What carries us along even when the imperatives of plot are on hold or absent? What makes us ache for something without knowing what it is? What makes us impatient for a story’s resolution while also hoping the tale goes on forever? What is it that causes us to feel that a story has touched our souls? That irresistible, invisible current is a feeling, one that readers can only sense and for which they do not have a name. What causes them to experience this feeling is not so much anything that you put into your story as it is the spirit that underlies it, a spirit that you bring.