Mantra for children's authors:
Minimum words; maximum impact. *
Author Alice McDermott defines literary fiction this way:
We are surrounded by story. Story is very accessible to us, more so than ever. But what I think literary fiction [does] is raise the level of the sentence to be as important as the story the sentence tells.
The rhythm, the beauty, the music of it is as important as character and plot.
* Thanks to THIS BLOG for that quote