Many people who want to be writers don't really want to be writers. They want to have been writters.
They wish they had a book in print.
A newspaper report is a snapshot
A magazine article is a portrait
A book is a photo album
On historical fiction--
History is the skeleton
Fiction is the breath
The world is full of science. We will always need science and we will always have science; but what we really need, what the world needs, is people who can communicate the science.