I think that all pantsers have this fear inside of them that making a plot will box them in when they try to write their story, limiting their creativity. That fear keeps them from trying to outlining. They want to be creative, and in their eyes, having a plot stops that. If you don't know, I actually used to be a pretty hardcore pantser. I don't think it shows very much anymore, but that used to be the only way I wrote. Some of those leftover fears from my time as a panster still lurk in the back of my mind, though. (Also, WordPress keep trying to autocorrect me whenever I write 'pantser' into 'panther'. 😑) However, as a person who now refuses to walk into any book without at least some semblance of a plot, those fears have taken on a different form in me: the idea that, while I'm plotting, maybe I'm plotting too much. I need creative freedom to go meandering down whatever paths happen to pop up along my way, and if my plans have to be followed exactly, then I can't do that. So how far am I really willing to go with my outlines?
If there is absolutely ONE THING that you're going to have in your story to keep it interesting... what do you think it is? Probably taking into account that this is my intro, you've most likely guessed questions. And you'd be right!
A fun aspect of books are when they have side characters who have their own problems. We love a good side character, and what's more fun than seeing them in pain, right? 😜 The problems they experience lead to multiple conflicts, and having all those conflicts is pretty intriguing. This keeps readers interested. There are a couple of things to remember when creating these, however.