When teaching personal narratives I often have students say they have nothing to write about. This week we've started every day with the task of "Write about something that has happened to you." Simple enough right? However, many students say "nothing has happened to me." So I tried to help them generate a few ideas. This is where I may have went wrong. I said: "The prompt didn't say that it had to be true, you could make something up." So when mentioning this to another teacher she informed that it wasn't a good thing to tell students because they would confuse their writing genres. I'm not even 100% sure what she meant by that. Anyway, none of the prompts ever say that the writing has to be true. I can remember bending the truth several times from elementary and on throughout college. I feel like I was okay to encourage them to spice of the story, or make it up, but was it wrong?