How Realistic Should Realistic Fiction Be? by Robyn Bavati

Article by Steve Rossiter. 31 July, 2015. Writing Novels in Australia.

“There’s an interesting paradox at play when it comes to fiction vs non-fiction. Writers of non-fiction are told that they should ‘find the story’ within the biography, memoir or autobiography they are writing so that the book becomes as exciting and satisfying as any novel. Writers of fiction, on the other hand, are told to make their stories seem true. In other words, the value of a novel (fantasy and certain other genres aside) is measured by how closely it appears to resemble factual truth, while the value of memoir is determined by how closely it resembles a work of fiction.”

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