I went to the PPW Fall writer's workshop, "Goal, Motivation, and Conflict and the Writer's Journey," presented by Debra Dixon.
I took a lot of notes, I mean, a lot of notes. (It's not that I don't love you, it's just that I'm too lazy at the moment.) Little lightbulbs went off all the time.
But the most telling thing I learned was the difference between commercial fiction and literary fiction. --I knew there was a difference, but I couldn't define what it was.
To paraphrase: Commercial fiction is about character development. Literary fiction is about examining a situation.