How can you tell if your novel or tale is only story or plot? Story is the emotional journey and plot is the physical journey. For example: If a heroine’s father is gunned down by mobsters that is plot, but if the heroine cries over the bloody corpse that’s story.
Plot moves your character from the starting location to the ending location. Struggles along the way are the physical parts of the plot. The story moves your character from the person he/ she was at the beginning to the person he/ she ends up being at the end.
Plot is action. If things are dragging in your story, simply add more action. If things are too fast, slow it down by adding emotion. Goals drive your characters and their flaws impede them. Create a flaw in your character that is opposite of your theme so the character can grow emotionally.