Truth or lies in creative nonfiction

Check out this cartoon titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about truth in nonfiction but were afraid to ask: A bad advice cartoon essay.” It’s an easy-to-understand discussion of the difference between fact and fiction, cold facts and truth in storytelling, and a little bit of history about creative nonfiction itself. Sometimes creative nonfiction writers get so stuck on writing something exactly as it happened they lose sight of the storytelling aspect, which is the creative work. This cartoon does a good job explaining the boundaries.

The website is called Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have to say about writing. Their blog has an interesting design too, if you’re into things like that. Probably professionally designed. They’re both experienced, published, and award-winning writers, so they know something about the business of writing.

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