Writing Tips

Starting a biography about yourself or someone else may seem like a daunting prospect but iBiographer makes it so easy. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book about yourself this is a great place to start. It’s do-it-yourself site so there is no wrong or right way.

A biography is a story about someone’s life. A journal of events and milestones. It can be a few long sentences about a part of their life or it can be long detailed chapters from birth onwards. Many biographies are written in chronological order. The beauty of iBiographer is that you can start anywhere, go back to different parts of their life and then rearrange the chapters into chronological order using the tools in iBiographer. You don’t need to worry if you have missed something because you can keep on adding and editing the chapters.

You choose. Just start and it will take off before you know! Here are some tips to get you going…

  • 1. Decide whom you want to write about - yourself, children, spouse, parents, grandparents, great grand parents, ancestors, other relatives, friends, idols, heroes, or any person you want.
  • 2. Start with one person at first so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  • 3. Do a few small chapters about anything that comes to mind. You can continue to add or modify or delete a chapter as you move on to other chapters.
  • 4. If you can’t remember the exact dates use a general date or time e.g. 50th Wedding Anniversary.
  • 5. Invite as many family and friends as you can to help you. As people send you things to add to the biography it can trigger new information and memories so that you don’t miss out on anything.
  • 6. Collect as much information from letters, photos, people, and conversations with other members of the family or friends.
  • 7. Take notes or record conversations – use your smartphone device if you can. There are also talk to text options on some devices.
  • 8. Film with a smart phone to record special stories or conversations or sounds and upload to the biography.
  • 9. Scan any documents as PDF files or takes photos of memorabilia.
  • 10. Use questions like whom? What? Where? Why? and How?
  • 11. Ask questions - What makes this person special? How can this person be best described? Which events stood out in their life? How did their life influence others in the family or community?
  • 12. Ask people what were some of their phrases, jokes, stories?
  • 13. Describe their appearance, habits, ways of talking, personality and any distinct feature.
  • 14. Try to identify periods in their life e.g. birth, early childhood, school days, sports, special days and moments, birthdays, graduations, weddings, adult life, retirement, vacations, trips and events.
  • 15. Try to add a rough timeline to the biography so that it will be easier to write a short story about each of the major periods and allow those stories to naturally move to other stories.
  • 16. Separating their information into distinct chapters and focusing on a part of their life makes the writing more manageable and more enjoyable.
  • 17. Think about your fondest memories, or special moments, funny moments, entertaining moments.
  • 18. Think about the challenges they had or have overcome.
  • 19. Think about the things you want to stand out about the person.
  • 20. It doesn’t need to be in sentences. Do bullet points or headings if you want.

    Need help getting started?

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