Fiction often uses specific narrative techniques to heighten its impact.
Salvatore says that some examples of these components are:“The use of rich, evocative sensory detail; the different pacing tempos of dramatic and non-dramatic events; the juxtaposition of summarized narrative and dramatized scenes; the temporary delay and withholding of story information, to heighten suspense and complicate plot; the use of different points of view to narrate, including stark objective effacement and deep subjective interiority; and the stylized use of language to narrate events and render human consciousness.”Nonfiction, by contrast, is factual and reports on true events.
A few smatterings of fact in a work of fiction does not make it true, while a few fabrications in a nonfiction work can force that story to lose all credibility.
An example is when James Frey, author of is widely regarded as one of the best works of nonfiction to significantly blur the line between fiction and nonfiction, since Capote’s descriptions and detailing of events are so rich and evocative.
I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable calling myself a writer.
Despite publishing stories and articles and teaching college-level writing for six years, I still balk when family members or friends try to introduce me as a writer. I read to see how weird my writing habits are compared to others’.
Histories, biographies, journalism, and essays are all considered nonfiction.
Usually, nonfiction has a higher standard to uphold than fiction.
The goal is to make nonﬁction stories read like ﬁction so that your readers are as enthralled by fact as they are by fantasy.”Although it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between fiction and nonfiction, especially in the hands of a skilled author, just remember this: If it reports the truth, it’s nonfiction. Between fiction and nonfiction, which is your favorite, and why?
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