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

n prose writing that is not fictional

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
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ordinary writing as distinguished from verse

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