Fact or Fiction?

My devotional writings are a combination of inspiration and Scripture. My memoirs are facts I recall from long ago. The mysteries call for intertwining fact and fiction. My long-held belief that the primary definition of “fact” equals truth disappeared when I consulted a printed copy of Merriam-Webster dictionary. Fact:


A deed; especially in a crime (accessory after the fact); actual;
something that exists or occurs; a piece of information—truth.

A crime-related deed in first place and truth in fourth—barely honorable mention—erases a thread of guilt created when I relocated the district county sheriff’s office from a nearby town. I plan to continue this ruse in a sequel, maybe a series. By then, it will become a factoid.

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An invented fact that appears to be true because it appears in printed form.

If facts and factoids are half-truths, what is fiction?

 Something invented by imagination, such as a novel.

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 I can combine facts and fiction with a hint of factoids in my suspense novel with no guilt. With multiple deadlines today, I jump from memoirs to devotions to suspense. Am I a memoirist, a biographer, or a novelist? I am a factotum. What’s that?

 A person having numerous or varied duties.




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6 responses to “Fact or Fiction?

  1. Vi,
    On good days, I can almost keep up with you. Today is not one of those days. However it is a FACT that once again you brought a smile to my face.

    So answer me this. Because my thoughts appear in printed form, are they FACTOIDS?

    • George, I think Merriam-Webster meant in a nonfiction print issue, such as a recognized news souce. Since this my nonfiction blog, I give you permission to decide what is, and is not, a factoid.

  2. In my experience, truth is a moving target. Your little running guy is a very apt graphic!

  3. Let’s not forget factual fiction, or faction. Often attributed first to Truman Capote (In Cold Blood), it is the form of writing a nonfiction novel – one where the basic facts cannot be changed to accommodate the story. The genre seems to weave actual events with storytelling techniques otherwise common to fiction. It fills in details (like dialogue) not known in a fictitious way.

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