I asked a friend for criticism of…well, of me. (Although I did use a proxy so she could be direct without being personal.)
What she said took a while to sink in, but it’s a useful thought: We like storytellers. It seems that our brains feed on a cogent narrative and – importantly – enjoy an element of the unexpected.
Create the unexpected within the boundaries of a well-told adventure.
That sounds like a way to live a life to me, not to mention making yourself of interest to others.