I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority.
Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
Ah, well, I have no talent for nonfiction, that's my problem.
Generally, I read nonfiction. Theres very little fiction that I enjoy enough to spend my time reading. I am generally a nonfiction guy.
My favourite all-time work of fiction: Lord of the Rings. My favourite all-time nonfiction book: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Ask me again next week, you'll get a different answer.
But with nonfiction, the task is very straightforward: Do the research, tell the story
Ironically, in today's marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable.
A typical biography relying upon individuals' notorious memories and the anecdotes they've invented contains a high degree of fiction, yet is considered 'nonfiction.'
I've seen a lot of the United States, having stayed in so many different cities and towns for work.
My entire career, in fiction or nonfiction, I have reported and written about people who are not like me.
I am consumed, or I have been consumed, with these issues of motherhood and the way we act out societal expectations and roles. So both my nonfiction and my fiction have been pretty much exclusively about that.
I love making fiction films as well as nonfiction ones, and hope to keep challenging myself to make better and better work.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
In nonfiction, you have that limitation, that constraint, of telling the truth.
Fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling. For reasons I do not fully understand, fiction dances out of me. Non-fiction is wrenched out by the aching, broken world I wake up to every morning.
I have written two nonfiction books, I'm embarrassed to say.
I like nonfiction books about people with wretched lives.
Now that I'm taking some time off from school, I've been reading a lot to make sure I don't forget everything. It's mostly classics and nonfiction accounts from actors, directors and writers from the '40s and '50s
There is always a certain leap of faith that editors have made with their nonfiction writers. If the trust is broken, things can get very embarrassing for the writers and the publisher.