on Write to Done:
Have you ever told somebody that you started a book but you just couldn’t get into it? Have you ever picked up a book and struggled through the first page, the first chapter, even the first half, only to stop reading entirely?
You may even have a bookshelf dedicated to books that you just never finished.
It might not be because you’re a bad reader. In fact, if you’re a writer, there’s a good chance you’re a great reader. The probable reason for all those books on that shelf, unread, is because those particular books lacked one key factor.
Chances are high that they each lacked rising action.