Jake, over the weekend one conclusion I reached was that I do a lot more at the sentence level than when I develop genre fiction, so that tracks. Hmm.
The discussion we had about CRAWDADS brought out the interesting point of what might happen if one tries to apply genre thinking to lit fic (the addition of the murder). Someone trying to make this upmarket lit fiction rather than strictly a character study grafted on subplot that didn’t really work. Not that this seems to have affected the novel’s popularity! But it’s a real risk when working with lit fiction.