Plot, Peter Brooks argues in Reading for the Plot, is a “form of desire that carries us [readers] forward, onward, through the text” (37). In other words, for plot to work, both readers and characters must be “stimulated from quiescence into a…tension, a kind of irritation, which demands narration.” If plot, as Brooks argues, occurs in both the text and the readers, then the writer must be concerned, not only with inspiring within the character the desire to do something, but also with arousing within the reader the intention to read. Both character and reader sit quietly, yes, but also poised for something to happen. The known world doesn’t do it for them anymore. A deadness pervades the everyday. They’re ready for something to happen–and something does, the inciting incident that demands a story.