If you don't write, or read, but watch drama on TV, here's an interesting bit of insight I can share. Most stories are built around a three act structure.
The novel I'm working on right now is in the women's fiction genre and is titled Layla Bunch. The other skill a writer must master is the art of boiling a complex story down into a single sentence of 25 words or less. At first that seems impossible. But I managed a 17 word description of Layla Bunch. What do you think?
Does it make you want to read the book?