Straight lines are good.
You decide on a goal and a sane person heads to it on the shortest, straightest road available.
Want to write a Cozy Mystery? Fine. Set it in your own backyard, people it with folks you know or wish you didn’t.
I, on the other hand, not only choose the scenic route toward the goal, I off-road it.
Want to write a Cozy Mystery? Fine. Set it in a foreign country where you’ve never been, and people it with folks who speak half a dozen different languages… none of which you know.
Straight lines are good… and I am a fool with mud on her tires.