Totally agree with the six questions, especially being aware of the structure of genre, but if a writer gets too cookie-cutter,....whom are they writing for? Editors or readers?
Of course creativity doesn't always equal being published,...publishing is a business, business standards have to be met, and editors know what sells,....still some of the greatest authors are those authors who do something different.
Risks in writing, again don't equate success, but some of the most famous classical writers were not popular in their lifetime. I suppose I am saying,..."Yes be aware of publishing standards,...definitely be aware how a story should be crafted,...but don't be afraid to write to your full capacity of creativity. No one remembers a generic box of cookies, but that one-of-a-kind cookie, homemade or bakery, and for me it's biscochitos,...always stands out. Only YOU can write your story, and your story has worth, because YOU have worth,...Calvary is proof of that! ❤️