Why Every Writer Needs to Play Roller Coaster Tycoon

This might seem rather interesting as far as propositions go, but hear me out.  If you write fiction, you need to, at some point, study roller coasters or play Roller Coaster Tycoon. I think the latter is more fun, but is also more prone to stealing your soul, so if you want to stay safe,…

Why I Don’t Like the Terms “Stereotypical” and “Cliche”

That’s so cliche. That’s such a stereotypical mystery. That’s so predictable.  These kinds of comments drive me absolutely nuts, no matter whose work it’s directed at. Sometimes these comments are true and valid. Sometimes authors make absolutely no attempt to make a story of a certain genre interesting, or give too much away, or use…