I was going through an old journal and came across this passage I copied below. I once wrote a humorous short story that was published in an anthology that conveyed how I learned to lie and cheat in Catholic grammar school. The irony received good a few laughs. But the passage below speaks to a bigger truth for writers.
“Ironically in our quest for verities we must often lie. Ask the successful liar what her main ingredient is and she will probably tell you that you must believe the lie you are telling. Lying like life is in the details. . What really happened is irrelevant. You must look at your life as almost a great patchwork….
…fiction is a record of that conflagration that occurs when reality collides with imagination.”
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
I believe creative nonfiction allows this synergy to occur. It is not hypocrisy or “alternative facts” in a black and white world. It is a story-telling at its highest form.