Think of your readers as your partners. Assume they are intelligent. Assume they are kind: they chose to read you over millions of other writers. ¬†Assume they are willing and able to work with you. ¬†Assume you are giving them something they haven’t read before, and help them to enjoy the process. Assume your story is an enticing puzzle. Don’t make it too transparent but make it logical. Leave hints for your readers. Let them unravel it. Let them say, wow at the end. Let them think: it was time well spent. Let them return to read your next story.

Now, put the assumptions aside and do it.