After reading Carry Elwes's memoir about his adventures filming the Princess Bride, I've been reading two books by the author of that book and screenplay - William Goldman.
Adventures in the Screen Trade
Which Lie did I Tell? - More Adventures in the Screen Trade
At the end of the second book he says:
A Good Story is something with an interesting premise that builds logically to a satisfying and surprising conclusion.
We get fed on stories in the cradle and forever on.
Want to read a good story?
Pick up The Little Engine That Could. Soppy and primitive, sure, but today just by chance I read it again and let me tell you, you are rooting with all your heart for that crummy two-bit nothing of a train to get those toys over the mountain.
That's all it is, this business of writing.
Just get the fucking toys over the mountain.