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Old 07-31-2018, 07:50 AM   #1
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To Mix or Not To Mix

After 3 years of planning (and getting other work done first), this fall my illustrated (and of course written) non-fiction project will git along doggie... Question: when it comes to non-fiction, do you think it's better to keep fictional characters out of it? I've got tons and tons of non-fiction books in my library - encyclopedias (♥ ♥), how-to books, gardening books, how to raise chickens (not mine), political history (haven't read them, yet), and all of them are on the straight and narrow.

So that tells me maybe I should do the same.

But there are other books that are mighty cool (albeit less successful) like "Logo, Font and Lettering Bible"; I've no intent on learning that but it's just a gorgeous book with a delightful sense of humor. Then I've got a fiction book with a non-fiction thread running through it. There are others too, of course.

And then there is layout. The thought alone makes me cry... Thoughts? Is it stupid? My goal is to use this to learn to be a better illustrator, and to understand books themselves better because this isn't intended to be a one-time thing.

Strict fiction and strict non-fiction, or a hot date between the two? Many thanks in advance for anyone's time... ♥
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I'd say it depends on the story you want to tell. I enjoy historical fiction where the events are true, and the characters are not, or some characters are actual people (but maybe doing things they didn't actually do). Robert Masello is great at this, blending historical figures into crazy sci-fistories.
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Strict non fiction is kind of dry. Unless you are working a documentary.
A mix with fictional characters supporting real characters is better.

Example, Winston Churchill, a real character.
For making a novel o movie about his life you may need some fictional "supporting" characters mixed with real characters to get it done.
A cooking book? Maybe not.
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Oooooo... a non-fiction/fiction cookbook....

Mine is (for this one) a book on the history of a particular breed of horse. And of course the history itself touches on other things as well, briefly.
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Oooooo... a non-fiction/fiction cookbook....
Sort of an actual thing in manga. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the...4-12-13/.81989

And food manga is probably a decent answer to how you can intertwine non-fiction content with a fictional narrative. You might also check out the book/podcast of Shawn Coyne's Story Grid. His opinion is that the best non-fiction uses the same narrative structures as fiction.
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Will definitely give the podcast a listen! Those cookbook manga things... I had no idea they existed.
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