Everything I Know About Narrative Realist Fiction I Learned From “The Call” by the Backstreet Boys

I've been studying creative writing since I was a kid, but I never learned much from "books on craft" (ugh) or discussions about whether or not creative nonfiction needs to stick religiously to the truth (yawn). As a matter of fact, it was a single song from the turn of the millennium that -- despite… Continue reading Everything I Know About Narrative Realist Fiction I Learned From “The Call” by the Backstreet Boys

Loving the Cliché, Or Why Lana Del Rey Might Be a Genius

Something in me loves the cliché. Of course, as a writer, I also hate the cliché. I avoid it like the plague (cliché), run screaming from it (cliché), and am constantly attempting to drive a stake through its heart and rub it with garlic before topping with brushcetta (certified toridotgov mixed metaphor). Point being: I have… Continue reading Loving the Cliché, Or Why Lana Del Rey Might Be a Genius