Okay, before you go all "Whatev." and roll your eyes, it's different. This isn't the kind of consequences we talked about a while ago. More like a grand-scheme-of-things type of discussion. When sitting down to write a novel, there is an essential question all writers must ask. I think this question is often skipped over. Often unanswered. Often left out--both in the novel and the query letter.
It's the consequence.
And here's the question: What does the MC have to lose if they can't overcome Conflict A, B, or C?
Can you answer this question for your WiP? Can your readers? Is it addressed in your query letter? It should be.
Because everyone wants to pick up a book, read the back, and go, "Oooh, I have to read this RIGHT. NOW. to find out if/how super-awesome MC can overcome that nasty super-bad."
And that's why I'm floundering a little bit in my NaNo novel. I'm not exactly sure what my MC has to lose if he can't overcome the conflict. Maybe because I don't really have the conflict nailed down either...
But that's another post for another day. *wink*
Thoughts on the overarching consequence of your novel? What does your MC have to lose? Internally or externally?