When you read nonfiction, you're reading about something that really happened — it's not a story somebody made up.

Prose is divided into the two big categories of fiction and nonfiction, and nonfiction includes all kinds of things — biographies, histories, memoirs, how-to books, self-help, books on business, even books on writing. Narrative nonfiction relates stories that really happened but in a way that draws you in just like fiction does; it tells a true story, but with lots of drama and all the interesting quirks of the characters.

Definitions of nonfiction
  1. noun
    prose writing that is not fictional
    synonyms: nonfictional prose
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    nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
    column, editorial, newspaper column
    an article giving opinions or perspectives
    feature, feature article
    a special or prominent article in a newspaper or magazine
    magazine article
    an article published in a magazine
    news article, news story, newspaper article
    an article reporting news
    offprint, reprint, separate
    a separately printed article that originally appeared in a larger publication
    a scholarly article describing the results of observations or stating hypotheses
    think piece
    an article in a newspaper or magazine or journal that represents opinions and ideas and discussion rather than bare facts
    type of:
    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
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