As a full-time journalist and features writer I'm always curious as to why aspiring writers seem to frequently disregard writing news, features and other typical non-fiction pieces. Some time ago I was a member of a writing group and I got the impression that being a freelance contributor to magazines was not considered on the same level as someone who has published a work of fiction. Arguably, it is an equally challenging industry to break into, and writing non-fiction cannot be said to be any easier than fiction (there will always be anoraks at every turn to fact-check you!!!) but you could also say there is more scope to enter, with a huge variety of magazines, papers and journals always looking for beautifully crafted interviews and stories. It is also easier to make a living at this type of writing, by that I mean it will typically offer steady work, though does require a lot of commitment and tight deadlines. Why then does it always seem to be the case that fiction writing is the primary aspiration of writers? Is it an expectation of overnight fame and riches? A desire for celebrity status? Is there more pride in being a novelist than a journalist? Is non-fiction considered restrictive?