Writing a Biography (That People Actually Want To Read)
There comes a time in everyone’s life where people are going to ask for your biography. It could be an actual account of your entire life, a piece on your association with a certain thing, or it could simply be someone wanting to get to know you a little better.
Whatever it is, you want to make sure that you are giving them what they want. The best way to write a biography is by making sure that you are keeping your information short and concise. If you keep it shorter, more people will read it and actually care about what you’ve done with your life.
Now that you’re ready to start writing your biography, here are some words to live by:
Identify your audience
It’s great that you’re the top consultant for curing cancer, but we’re a group focused on high school sports.
If you end up writing for the wrong audience, you might as well not bother writing at all. Learn about the audience reading your bio, what their interests include, and how your story affects them.
Your profession plays an important part of who you are, so include it, but don’t let that be the main topic. Mention it, but talk more about how you played sports in high school and that was a great learning experience for you concerning teamwork or strategizing.
If your audience can connect with you, you’re halfway there.
Use the inverted pyramid
Journalists will know exactly what I’m talking about, but for those who now have a blank look on their face, it’s time to learn something new.
The inverted pyramid is a writing technique where the most important information goes in the first lines of a piece. It’s the leading sentence that is found in a news article (you know, the one that catches your attention — hopefully).
Think of it this way: with every word that you add in, one less person will continue to read it.
To make sure that you keep the attention of your readers, put the most important information in the first line, followed by the second most important in the second line, and so on.
Write from the third person
This should be self-explanatory. Biographies are written as if someone else is writing about a person, even though that person usually writes them themselves. Write as if you were writing about someone else. Refer to yourself by your name, not as “I”.
Don’t lie about what you’ve accomplished in life when writing a biography. Someone will catch on and that will only result in embarrassment on your part later on. Tell your side of the story honestly, but you can leave out sections that you feel should be omitted.
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