Truth be Told

 A fella who is writing a memoir recently joined my writing group, which put me in mind of how restrictive the truth can you can't handle the truthbe.  Of course, the truth is problematic to begin with, since there are at least three sides to every story, but what I have in mind here is the restrictions it places on the writing itself.  Sure you can still be innovative in how you say the story, but the story itself… Life doesn’t lend itself to closure, the tying up of loose ends, and neat little plot twists.  Surely the temptation to tweak, not just for the sake of plot, but to help make sense of it all, to gain some meaning even, must be great.  It would be for me.  I suppose that’s why publishers came up with ‘creative non-fiction’.  That and those pesky libel suits.

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