| How to Write a Better Biography by Brian Konradt
It would be an understatement to say that you or anyone has lived an unremarkable life. If someone were to write your biography, they would definitely find something to say about how you've lived your life. And if you were to write someone else's biography, the same would hold true. After all, no passing in life should go unremarked or unnoticed.
As you go through the different steps on how to write a better biography, you'll notice that it only takes a keen eye to see events as they were.
Nevertheless, it takes a good writer to tell the story like it is!
Step 1: Choose your subject.
If you have the liberty of choosing the person about whom you'll write, then you'll surely have your eye on someone who interests you. Depending on your own interests, this person could be a renowned figure in the field of history, medicine, arts, literature, or sports.
However, if the subject has been chosen for you beforehand, then you have your job cut out for you. Still, you're challenged to write about this person's
biography and give it your best attempt.
Either way, your worst enemy would be disinterest. If you're not interested in what you're writing, your readers would know. In the end, it wasn't the subject who was unremarkable, but it must have been the writing which was mediocre.
Step 2: Find out how the story goes.
To give biography writing your best shot, you must be willing to go beyond all the free information available in encyclopedias and libraries.
Way beyond these archives, you'll have to do your own
hands-on research. Get hold of past interviews, old letters, personal journals, and genealogy charts.
Step 3: Go on an investigative hunt!
Here's your chance to play detective. Search far and wide for things we never knew about this person. Follow through on tips and leads from people who knew this individual better. See what your search reveals.
Step 4: Ask questions for yourself and for your readers.
Other than the questions you already have on your list,
find out what your readers are curious about. They too have a vested interested in this biography, and it's to find out the truth!
Step 5: Double-check on your facts.
At this point, it's crucial that you cross-reference all the information you've gathered. For your biography to be as factual and representative as possible, it has to be based on valid, reliable sources. You'll have to filter out what's real from what's hearsay. And by the time you write, you'll still keep editing.
Step 6: Write with an audience in mind.
Now you're ready to sit down and write! If you're catering to a diverse population, be versatile in your writing style. Do engage the attention of both amateur historians and intellectuals. Don't miss out on a readership of professors, students, housewives, yuppies, and all kinds of bookworms.
As an added insight, remember that writing a biography isn't only about giving a rundown on important life events and relating them in chronological order. It's also about relating to the people who want
to hear more about this person.
Most of all, it's about doing justice to a life that was. Seemingly unremarkable as it may have been, you now have a better grasp of the person behind the name. Thus, you'll have a better bio to show for it.