There was a time when I used to write short stories. And then I stopped and concentrated on non-fiction writing. I’m reading Courage & Craft, Writing Your Life into Story by Barbara Abercrombie and what she says about fiction writing is intriguing.
The whole point of writing fiction is to free yourself, to tell yourself a story that you didn’t know until you began to write. Or if you did know, how it unfolds becomes a surprise. The point is to to put on costumes and play “let’s pretend.”