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So, the 5th question is “There are cases of non-fiction books being fabricated with false and misleading information. How much truth should a non-fiction book hold?”
1) Author #1 : Gilbert Van Kerckhove
In my case all information had to be checked and certified as correct information.
If the nonfiction book is intended as an instruction manual or guide, it should be 100% accurate and true.
For me I should say 100℅ of truth, it’s either you keep it real or it’s not.
4) Author #4: Umm Sulaim
A nonfiction book ought to contain the whole truth and be devoid of propaganda.
5) Author #5: Ken Johnson
I have a strict rule that a non-fiction book becomes fiction the first time a false, or fabricated, element is deliberately introduced and portrayed as real and true. This does not mean one can’t do role playing scenarios or give hypotheticals. But, apart from these exceptions, it must be true always to be non-fiction.
If it’s a non-fiction or memoir book, it absolutely must be factual. It’s not uncommon for an author to use creative non-fiction, for instance, in memoir, when we recall an exact detail – example, maybe it wasn’t a bright, sunny day or perhaps the red dress was really green although we remember it as red, the description of one of the character’s jobs has been changed to protect identity. These examples stated are just a few to demonstrate how truth may be altered, as memories are as the storyteller remembers something. And as far as changing names and occupations of characters goes, it is to protect identity and should be declared in the front matter of the book as a disclaimer. This is all acceptable for writing non-fiction – making up events and characters is not.
7) Author #7: Pratima Nagaraj
You can always incorporate some fictional aspects and stories into a non-fiction book if that is required to drive a point home or explain things better. If you are advocating for authenticity and realism in your books then I highly recommend keeping the entire content real and true.
8) Author #8: Shirley Mandel Satterfield
It should all be accurate to the best of the author’s knowledge, especially if it’s going to be a memoir. We as authors have an awesome responsibility to be true to the truth.
9) Author #9: Errol Baptiste
As a writer of non-fiction book the truth got to be told with total honesty.
10) Author #10: Edna Cane-Swannepoel
It must be full off truth. I just changed some of the names in my book
11) Author #11: Kristalen Babb
I feel the truth should be told regardless of how the story is. Just as pure as fire can be so should the truth. certain people feel the truth should be kept a secret but on the truth will set you free inn ay and every situation.
12) Author #12) Steve Wilson
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