This is more of a poll than a post, so please bear with me.
I've been told by quite a few people lately that I have a literary quality to my writing. Aside from surprising (in the good way), it (as usual) made me think. What exactly about my writing is literary?
I don't know that anyone could answer that in specifics without also asking the next question: what exactly makes ANY writing literary?
I've heard some definitions-- it's more character-driven than plot driven. It's more fanciful and musical than others. It's more stylistic.
Maybe it's all of these things, but the truth is, I don't know exactly what it boils down to. I can't point my finger to any one quality and say, "That book is literary fiction." I do know that I've used the phrase "a literary quality to it" to describe other books, so I must have some idea.
Other genres are so easy to put into words. Advanced technology and/or spacecraft? Okay, that's sci-fi. Fairies and elves? Okay, that's fantasy. Someone dies and the main character has to solve the murder? Okay, that's mystery.
But how do you succinctly and accurately describe literary fiction?
No, seriously, tell me! What makes something literary to you?