Somebody slept in on the day when the teacher told the class about CONFLICT being the most important element of fiction. Even in literary fiction, where the hero needs to be doing something — besides living their life — that the reader can relate to and empathize with.
Writing art… a noble pursuit. But writing for readers commercially… that’s a completely different ballgame. Thing is, too many aspiring to the latter are adopting the mindset of the former.