Hello, I'm new here. In talking about The da Vinci Code in another forum, I made the comment that when I read a book like that I think I gave up the idea of writing fiction too easily and too early. I was joking then, but now I'm giving it a second thought. I was spoiled at a very early age. I started sending short items and photos to two local newspapers, a daily and a weekly, when I was 14. The editors took what I sent them, and after a while started paying me, and by the time I was 16 I was a stringer for both papers and the local radio station. After university I bounced around the world for 25 or 30 years, doing all sorts of writing, all non-fiction. As long as there was a local English language radio station or newspaper in town I knew I could find work for daily expenses wherever I happened to land. I tried about five or six times to have short stories published. I dreamed of becoming rich and famous. When my short stories were rejected I gave it up and kept doing what I knew I could do. Actually the money turned out to be pretty good but I never became famous. Now I think maybe I made a mistake. Remembering all the characters I have known, in and out of my family, and all the crazy things I have seen might work for at least a few half-way decent short stories. I supose that's true of everyone. The problem is style. I don't have any. My bread and butter has always been straight-forward journalism, and the really good money has come from other non-fiction writing that demands precision and not imagination. I wonder if it is too late for me to go back and try my hand at story telling again. I'll soon be 66. I haven't tried to write a short story in over 40 years. My other problem may be that I simply don't have anything to say. With non-fiction there is always a subject to write about, something to say. I can imagine clever openings that don't go anywhere, great characters that don't do anything, and realistic settings where nothing happens. If I could just find a reason, a theme, a motive, for setting it all in motion I might have something. I'm semi-retired in the tropics with time on my hands and wonering whether to try fiction again.