When to change names

31 Jul

One of my fellow bloggers (& my fave travel blog)   recently published this post changing-names, on writing a story about their actual travels.

She’s not sure if once she changes the names and a few other things if she’s still able  to call it a memoir as well as if she makes her daughters twins in the book, can she still call it “based on a true story”?


If it’s on her travels, I don’t see how you can’t call it BASED (being the key word there) on a true story. Change as many names as you’d like I’d say. Let your husband & daughters (those that know you are writing it and what its about) choose the names of their characters. as for other characters that are not painted in a good light, YES definitely change the names.  I’d say try changing occupation or where you came across them but then that would be verging on the writing becoming fiction.


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2 responses to “When to change names

  1. Rhonda Albom

    July 31, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Thanks for this. Here’s a quick update. I decided not to make them twins, but rather to give them different names and swap a few of their personality traits around, so you can’t clearly identify either of them. Through this process of sharing my questions out with the world, I also discovered the creative non-fiction genre, which seems to better define what I am writing than memoir – although I do like the “based on a true story” option as well.

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    • zodiacimmortal

      August 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      Label it as a non-fic memoir! i mean if its based on a true story basically at least half is likely to be such correct?

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