One piece of advice beginning writers often get is about the necessity for them of always telling the truth. Unfortunately, that piece of advice is pretty useless. To start with, absolute and objective truth is unknowable. In addition, even if a writer is working on a story in which she recounts the truth from her point of view, this doesn't mean she must at all times put on the page all she knows. Indeed, there are at least a couple of good reasons for exercising some restraint. Modelling truth A story is a condensed and organized form of the reality it tries to depict -- no … [Read more...] about Telling the Truth — What Does It Really Mean in Fiction?