- Characters to care about. Protagonist focus. What’s at stake for him.
- Conflict for protagonist, what drives it, and how the protagonist succeeds or fails in dealing with that conflict.
- How that conflict is resolved and how the protagonist’s situation, both internally and externally, has changed.
Identify your protagonist, the protagonist’s conflict, and the setting by the end of the first paragraph.
Then you’ll have to decide which major plot turns/conflicts must be conveyed for everything to make sense, and which characters must be mentioned.
The ending paragraph must show how major conflicts are resolved.