I was recently skimming a book I found in my local B&N and found something that mentioned on how to stand out in your breakout novel. I was intrigued, and so I started reading it. Not even ten minutes into the book as I skimmed the chapters, I realized I might have some fatal flaws in my writing; the layers of my novel don't seem to hold a lot of weight, that is, enough weight to have the reader come back for more. Internal conflict, external conflict, background conflict, it's all so darn confusing that after reading that book I felt like a crappy writer who was no where near getting her book done. So the question bugging me is; has anyone else panicked about their 'layers' of their novel? How did you correctly balance conflict(s) within your story?