...is the conventional wisdom.
I know that my own writing is definitely strongest when it is based on this principle, because even when fictionalising the material the emotional truth shines through.
I am now faced with deciding what to write for the next OU assignment, which is a very big one in terms of the overall assessment marks. We can choose from fiction, life writing or poetry. So having discounted poetry as far too risky, I am left with a choice of the other two.
I am lucky enough to have experienced plenty of possible material in my life. But do I go with life writing or do I create fiction from my own experience?
Answers on a postcard please.