Thanks everyone for all your comments and diverse advice.
I really appreciate your input
That was the funny thing at the WotF workshop. Our three instructors--Card, Farland, and Powers--often had completely divergent advice (except for writing in first person. All three asserted it was absolutely the wrong way to write a story.
) And then when other pros came in at the end of the week? They countered many things we were taught in the workshop--especially was this the case with Dean Wesley Smith. I said a few words to Dean just before he went up to teach--we're old friends. "Hey, Dean, we've heard the traditional side all week. I'm glad you're here. You ready to blow things up?" He laughed. "That's why I'm here. I love blowing things up."
Dean came at everything from an entirely different angle, being an Indie writer and publisher. It was refreshing, even if you had no plans to go Indie. Dean took an entirely different path, has worked his whole life thinking outside the box, and was just as successful as any other writer in that room.
You listen. You take notes. And you figure out your own path.
In the end, that will be the right path for you.