Orienting the Reader: The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Your job as a writer is to keep your readers asking the right questions: What will happen to the main character? What decision will she make?

When your reader asks the wrong questions–like, Where are we? Who’s in the room with the main character? Is this happening now, or in the past, or in the future? How much time has gone by since the last scene?–they’ll be too distracted to focus on the more important questions.