What is the division between fiction and non-fiction? I often use real life events and people in my stories. Sometimes just as inspiration and sometimes very precisely. For example, I’ll use the characteristics of someone’s speech to give my character a unique voice. Or I’ll incorporate stories someone told me. Or I’ll remember a real life event similar to the one I wish to describe, and I’ll describe the real event to make the narrative more precise and rooted in reality. And often, I’ll base my character on a person I know. This way, all my stories are walking the fine line somewhere between dramatised real life and pure fiction, but it is not inconceivable that people can recognise themselves in it and wonder :”Who the hell is writing this, must be someone I know!”. To make an analogy, if we look at the real photo versus photoshopped, it is considered dishonest to claim something heavily photoshopped is “pure” photography. I’ve heard of a few “scandals” when a very successful book which was marketed as fiction was found out to have been based on a true story, as well as the other way around. So is it the matter of honesty, or does everyone not care, as long as the story is good?