So what type of writing is considered to be narrative nonfiction? Well, that depends on who you talk to, and the lines have been blurred by formats – especially podcasts – that blend in more than one.
Common types include investigative journalism, biography, personal essay, memoir, autobiography, even food writing and travel writing.
The story is based on just facts, or the facts as you remember them – nothing is made up – though you will encounter situations where an author or speaker has crossed this line and thinks it’s okay – it’s not.
So if you want your story to have impact, to change opinion, or to inspire action, don’t include any bullshit or embellishments. If you want to entertain, that’s fine, just don’t call it narrative nonfiction.