I really like this post on Kidlit.com about the difference between an interesting situation and an interesting story. This quote in particular stuck with me:
“Keep this in mind when you’re thinking about your book. In today’s market, where editors like to see layers upon layers of conflict, having just a situation in your story, not a plot, isn’t enough. It’s a very important distinction.”
Layers and layers and layers and layers of conflict….screams revision to me!
Check out the whole post here.