I suck at plot, so I'm hardly the person to be writing this, but... every story should have a conflict.
Even fluff, yes. Even silly, sappy, sweet fluff should have some kind of a conflict. Because there needs to be something to engage the reader's interest and to draw them into the story. If everything is perfect and simple, there's no reason to continue. Give us flash and fire, even if it's a sweet slow burn.
I've read a lot of stories lately of the sort I might call a travelogue. As in, the characters start at one point, and they travel along a neat, straight line until they get to the end of the story. There are no bumps, there are no stalls, there are no curves in the road. It simply goes day to day until it is done, and there is no sense of resolution because there was no problem set out to start.
These stories can be sweet, yes, but they often leave the reader feeling like they want something more, like there is something missing at the end.
So no matter what you write, ask yourself at the start: Who has the stakes in this story? What is the problem (however minor it might be) and how will it be resolved? What are the hurdles that need to be overcome in the course of resolving this problem?
I was going somewhere with this... I'm sure I was, but I am so overtired that I'm losing it now in my thoughts. So lets open this up to discussion. Ask questions, supply thoughts, brainstorm. If you want to pick at examples, please use either my own work (I offer it all up to you -- please feel free to call me out on times I didn't follow my own advice!) or published work.
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