A Description Doth Not a Story Make

John LeCarre quote
There are many keys to fiction.

One of the most difficult is to create conflict.

It is easy to describe an event.  It is difficult to turn that event from an announcement into a story.

I can easily picture a cat sitting on a mat, looking around, staring at the walls, looking out the windows, and waiting… waiting for something to happen. It can be a pretty cat, an old cat, a battle weary cat. All of this can hint at, sort of dance around the edges of a story, but until something happens it is not a story. Until then, this is just a scene or a character synopsis.