Coming from a journalism background, Iím puzzled that some memoirists can be so cavalier about embellishing details and inventing emotions in characters.

I just feel like non-fiction is NON-FICTION. Iím starting to second guess whether or not all of the memoirs Iíve read are embellished or just flat out lies. Iím not talking about name changes. Iím talking about creating incidences or entire characters for that matter.

Iím currently working on a memoir and a writer friend of mine said to me, ďYou should make this character do this.Ē I said, ďBut thatís not what happened. She didnít do that.Ē

Is this normal in the industry? Iíd love to hear your opinions about this.