I recently visited Six Flags New England, an amazing amusement park and water park. I went on almost every ride, including my favorite, "Batman the Ride". I went on that ride 4 times, and would have gone on it more if not for the fact that my family didn't want to join me for yet another round of upside-downs and big drops.
To start off, there is a giant incline, or lift, that brings you up extremely high into the sky. This visit to Six Flags was my first visit that I was tall enough to go on all the big kid rides (we hadn't gone in a long time), so it was my first time riding on Batman. I was freaking out when we went up that big hill, thinking about the drop that would come next. That is like the beginning of your story, the hook. You need something to make the readers think that there is going to be an amazing plot ahead of them if they keep reading. You need to make them think that there is something in the next chapter that is worth getting to.
When we got to the top of the hill, I felt us drop around 2 feet (I had my eyes closed so I couldn't see how high we were). Then, we suddenly curved, and instead of going straight down we curved around, making it feel like we hadn't dropped 109 feet when we had, in fact, done so! This is the part of your story where you think what you are reading is background information, when in reality it is foreshadowing or a big part of the plot. Adding a lot of these twists and turns makes all stories more exciting, especially mystery stories.
Then there was the first of 2 loops. These are the major plot points in your story. I was surprised to be looking down at the small people below me, yet I could basically see it coming. You want to have just the right amount of surprise added into your story, but you can't just randomly put things into your story.
Surprisingly, there are connections to writing everywhere. Everything has some sort of plot, something that will please the people who the thing will be shown to. Roller Coasters, Shows, Dances... Remember, your story always has to be entertaining and have something going on, just like this ride!