How to Write a Book BiographyWriting a book biography
Biography Authoring Hints
Are you interested in someone who has been in your head for a while, for whom there is no biography, neither for yourself nor for a younger readership? Well, why don't you write one yourself? The biography provides many more possibilities than many authors suspect. Assess your prospective topic, its attraction and what kind of people might be interested.
You should consider these issues before getting involved in a biography: - Is there enough information to write this biography? - Are there any other bios of this individual on the open air for you? - If you are a medium or young grown-up writer, is your topic suitable for this group? For a YA degree, a biography of a notorious courtesan would obviously not be age-appropriate.
- Does this whole world deserve a book? It is an important part of your choice to write your biography or not. While it may seem too early to draw up a provisional sales strategy, it will not only help you decide how to write your biography, but also the way you design the book.
Remember that the most interesting issues are not what your topic has done, but why. Allow me some of the processes I undertook in preparing my biography Adela Breton: He was a pictorial genius who photocopied the old Maya paintings in Yucatán in the early 1900s.
Her work was unbelievably detailled, but Breton was an experienced copier, and her work won her shelter. Brittany was an undaunted and persistent lady. Honestly, but with that marvelous Viktorian beat, she didn't like to make jesters feel bad - a good personality to write about. When I found her out as a theme, I came to the conclusion that she would particularly address those who are interested in the following topics: archeology; Mexico; the old Maya, creators of the renowned Chichén-Itzá-pyramides, and other archeological places; female performers, especially female performers; current travelers and armchairs; biography; adventuresome females.
When you write a book for medium sized users, consider how it could be used in school. I would have used a phrase that says that teachers could use my book in sessions on: Anthropology, Histories, Art, Mexico and the Ancients. They' also tell you a great deal about how to write your book.
Distil and form your materials. One serious error some historians make is to forget the fact that they are making the history of a person's lives, not a histographe. When a man' s/he is interesting enough for a biography, then that's a good one. If you have often taken a biography of someone who has always interested you, realized that it is 700 pages long, with small prints, and filed it?
I call these bios "what James had for breakfasts every day". It is obvious that this kind of biographers is not one of the "less is more" thinkers. Like any letter, boring details will destroy the tale you want to tell. Amount of details and length are critical when you write for medium sized users.
Note how other historians have organized their history to conveniently length. They can form articles verbatim. In a biography I make a general history of the person's lives, mentioning the highlights, lows and other period that are particularly interesting. However, you can check the place you give each item in your book.
Deep patches and blurred periods are part of a person's way of living. Remember that your book is not evenly split by years. I had to use genuine resources for the Breton book - especially those that Breton had written and got some of because there was almost no biographic information out there.
So I approached every possible resource, especially a museum, and asked if they had Bretonware. In many cases, the biographer's research is still very practical. Knowing where and how your topic was, your time, your mates, your rivals, will enhance your biography. They may actually do little of this research, but it will allow you to talk precisely and bindingly about the biographical incidents.
In the biography it may seem as if the natural point of departure is the birth of man - but this can be a faint, dull beginning. A number of authors begin further back, with their families histories. I' ve reviewed a series of bios to see what I thought was efficient and what might work, and tried out many introductory sections before embarking on a flashback[see side bar online].
To write a biography is much more than just facts. A good biography brings a person to the surface, shows their achievements and presents the riddles of their lives. Exploring and creating it can be exciting and fascinating and open up other topics and interests for further work. In order to find your biographic emphasis, write an elevatorspeech.
- What is the most convincing part of your topic? - Why would a readership want to see your biography? - How is your book different from other histories about this individual? To help you understand your theme and design the book, act as if you were drinking with it.
- Write down three or four of your favourite reasons for asking him. The main issue I wanted an explanation on was Adela Breton: - If your characters have been caught up in a dispute that has strongly influenced their lives or their work, have a brief discussion in which you take the opposite standpoint from your point of views.
A clear comprehension of the facts helps you to present the issue clearly in your biography. M: Mary McVicker is the writer of The Secret of Belle Meadow; Adela Breton: Subscribe to our free newsletters to get FREE items, publication hints, typing hints and more that will be sent to your mailbox once a week. Get them all for free.