Over on The View Outside Vikki’s written about a recent research session at the Faber Academy where novelist and Guardian writer Susie Steiner gave a pretty good definition of the difference between fiction and non fiction.
Fiction needs to be believable, it needs to make sense. Sometimes real facts don’t.
The American writer Janet Malcolm maintains that the writer of fiction is in a privileged position because they own the house and can do what they like. The non fiction writer, however, is a tenant, under contract to the reader…
If you make things up you own the house and you can do what you like,but the non fiction writer is only a tenant