Have you ever heard a story and something about it made you question what you were reading and you immediately said to yourself “hmmm, I wonder if that is really true”? We have flags that go up when the information presented does not seem to go together or the details are so far fetched that for sure you know they are in question.
Your reader has the same response when you present your story in such a way that the story line is not believable. Once you begin to present information in that way you will notice you have less and less interest in what you are writing about.
One way to check your stories is to write, have someone else read it and give you feedback to see if they can find any areas where you could improve your story line and your overall presentation. A good way to determine that is if your reader begins to question you about what they are reading or they start asking for more information.
Things are red flags right away if they say “how did your character get from this event to that event?” I’ll make it really apparent in this example and you can see what I mean. If you are telling a story about someone arriving home and in the next paragraph they are finishing dinner. How did they get from walking in the door to finishing dinner? There are steps in between each of these two events. Fill in the events in the sequence of the flow of your story line so your reader can stay connected with your content.
When you are reading over your work ask yourself if the event flow is there or if you have left out steps in the story or skipped important sequences in the information of your story line. Could your character really have gone from event A to event B in the way you have written about it.
The more realistic you can be the better so your reader can stay connected.
If they have to try to fill in the blanks between the events you have written about they will mentally leave your story and create one they made up to make the events and how they happened more believable to their minds. That becomes too much work so they might choose not to return to any further work you have written.

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