You wouldn't expect a taco salad to taste good without all the proper ingredients, would you? The same can be said about a story. Without the right blend of plot, characters, emotional drive and more, your story will fall flatter than a popped birthday balloon (which, according to my eldest daughter, is one of the top 5 worst things that can happen—just after "running out of donuts," but just before "having to take a nap").
Here are The 5 Essential Story Ingredients according to author Steven James. It's a great article with excellent advice.
Here are a few other articles focused building your story: