I am having a bit of a dilemma. I used to try to make my plots far too thick; the story could not find a conclusion. But now I have simplified things to the point that I barely have a plot at all. I have characters, for sure, and I have events that shape them and make them who they are, but not much of a plotline for them to reveal themselves in.
What do I do? Go back to crazily thick plots?
Just tell me this: what do you enjoy most about a good novel? Does it need suspense and mystery to keep you interested? Or is the plight of an interesting character enough to go on? And given that there is mystery and suspense, at what point do you lose interest and find it all rather ridiculous?
Perhaps my question is impossible to answer because there are too many variations. But I would greatly appreciate any thoughts.