I had a interesting idea floating in the back of my head. Mostly my next project after my current projects get more detail in them. A project I am taking on mostly just because I think the style it will need will demand I grow. So I am looking forward to that. The thing is, quite a few people think the core concept is lacking in a fairly serious way. I, being one that tries to take the advise of others seriously, have been thinking deeply about this. During said discussions I found myself agreeing but now after some time has past. I am not sure why. In the sense that I am not sure how to fix it, partly because I am not entirely sure it is a problem. I guess I should give some context first. This idea takes place in my universe, in the history of most of my stories. A war. World War 3. Which is over a magical revolution. To sum it briefly, between those that think magic is a divine gift that should lead the world, those who think it is a bad thing and want it gone, and those that don't care, but simple want to survive the ensuing battle. My lead character sort of fits in the last category. Being a man that is an illegal immagrant to where he lives. He hides in the slums and does what ever work he can to keep food on the plate for himself and his wife. His wife not being an immagrant is drafted into the war. They run away, which leaves them in a worse position money wise. The main struggle of the book is that of a physical one. Working and providing enough for his wife. In this sense it is about a character who on paper has nothing. No magic, no money, no tech. Nothing the world values anymore but with sheer effort will latch onto life and endure on the struggles of a revolution that is simply trying to leave him behind. People tell me this plot is lacking. As the need being physical gives it no real sense of mystery. He will live, he will win. That is the point, how hard it was for him. The wife and him have a loving marriage. No drama there(Unless you count stuff like the wife attempting suicide so that the husband wont have to drag around her sick body anymore. As she believes he will be fine without her, in the sense that he can work hard enough to live. It is supporting her that is living both of them near starving.). No moments of them cheating or failing out of love. He has no friends to backstab. Then again, the point isn't him becoming dirty to survive. The point is him saying "I will not stop! I will not give up. I will survive!" It isn't supposed to be underhanded. So what exactly is this lacking? What does it need that I haven't described? Thanks.