“No, we can’t go to the park.”
“Because I said so.”
That never worked, did it? It doesn’t work on readers either.
If our stories can’t pass the Why Test, there is a motivation problem. The problem may be even deeper than why we allow something to happen, or a character to act a certain way. Does the part/person in question have a justified existence?
Let’s try it on my first draft of Fodder for Pigs.
I had to rip this information out of my head, and my readers probably would have done the same if they could reach me. Watch as it gets better in increments: