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Creative non-fiction editorial:

So, what is creative non-fiction?
     Solid checkable facts are the bread and butter of creative non-fiction - in that respect it differs little from its older, well-respected brother, journalism. Even the wildest exponents of creative non-fiction, such as the Gonzo madman Hunter S. Thompson, were proud of the factual accuracy of their reporting.
     So, it's a question of style. While journalist present the facts in a time-honoured progression, each article a string of info-pearls in the house style, creative non-fiction can juggle the facts around, throwing in firey snippets of personal expression - giving free reign tothe tumbling associations - mapping out the bigger picture in a single mind's eye.

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Image: Laurence Gardner

Journalists are trained to scrub all traces of themselves from their words; their opinions are saved for the crowd at the bar. The writers of creative non-fiction, however, are often as important to the text as the facts; sometimes their point of view is of central importance, the facts are there as back-up - they are anchors, or diving boards.
     So, what is Creative Non-fiction?
     What ever you want it to be.

          Kevin Baker (Creative non-fiction editor)