There are many, many more things that could be added to the list, but in my opinion these are the bare minimum essentials to keep your readers hooked.
I write to find the magic in words. My work is imaginative and whimsical, yet intellectual. My goal with writing is to mesmerize the reader. Reading is a form of magic, captivating the minds of people for thousands of years. Yet we seem to have forgotten that powerful ideas, intellectualism and art can be found within a beloved story. I challenge the belief that serious literature must be depressing, dark and dull.