Why I like writing fiction better than writing nonfiction

Ephemera

A friend of mine writes nonfiction. She has just turned her latest book in, and is now going through a grueling process of having the fact-checkers at her publishers go through every word and every minute of recorded interviews.

As for me, I write my memoirs. Is this fiction? No, not really. Is this nonfiction? No, not really.

I did not have a tape recorder going during my waking hours. I did, for the most part, not have a tape recorder. Can I remember every word said? I do not have Truman Capote’s facility with accurate memory. The best I can do is remember it as well as I can, and not be afraid of the memories.

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The Author

I read and I write and I think. I survive.