Updated: Mar 14
"I’m Writing Fiction." What exactly does that mean? There are a lot of interpretations of fiction and legal definitions as well. Still, fiction writers are often asked if their work is autobiographical. Here's my "Fiction Disclaimer."
SO FAR: I write fiction. The plots are a product of my imagination. Do I use places I’ve visited or experiences I’m familiar with? Sometimes, yes. A story is more authentic when the writer can, not just visualize, but be "real" in the situation. Although some locations are real, that doesn’t mean any of it happened, or that it happened in the way depicted in my books. Many of my characters are based on multiple “real” people, a made-up one, and are exaggerated into the exact person I need for the story. SO FAR: I write fiction.
Now for the legal way to say it…
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.