Q Why do you read a story? A To find out what's going to happen.
We read to see how a conflict will be resolved.
Conflict creates story. Without conflict, no story. This #1 Fundamental bears chewing over.
It is critical to track the ebb and flow of conflict in your story. If you can't, you have a problem. Your story might lag, side-track, lack focus, wobble, crash and burn. Whatever, without clearly delineating conflict and resolution, your story cannot gel with full force, if it can at all.
If you chart your plot, make Conflict your very first column. Authors might consider location or action or relationships as more important to keep straight. They are not, not until your story is organized into a plot where conflict bounces up and down, start to concluding resolution.
Now, any questions?