To lie is to write fiction? Yes. And this only from a certain point of view (since looked at in a certain way it is lying). You will lie along the day…or better said: along your story. Your mission, were you to take it, is TO HAVE US BELIEVE. It comes with the craft and takes imagination as a requirement. It takes to tell the reader there’s a cow eating their rhododendrons (in spite of no cow or flowers being there) and have them to believe so.