Writing any paper starts with writing an outline. The same is with writing a biography. The outline helps you stay on the right track as well as keep your thoughts and ideas organized. Basically, in any biography you talk about a person and what he or she is famous for, how this person got to where he or she is now, about their personal life and achievements. Actually, when I was applying for a job in one of the governmental institutions, I was asked to write my biography. This task is an easy one simply because the only person who truly knows all of me is me. But this could also be a problem since I could go overboard and write a character biography instead of my professional bio. That is why creating an outline was a solution to my problem. Below, I included a couple of templates I came up with while writing my own biography.
BIOGRAPHY OUTLINE TEMPLATE #1
- Early life
- Place and date of birth
- This person’s parents and what they do/did
- Place of living and school
- Further education, if applicable
- First and other jobs
- Name of person’s wife(s)/husband(s) and date of marriage, if applicable
- Number and name of children, if any
- Place of living
- What this person is famous for
- When he/she first become interested in this field
- When he/she was first recognized
- Most important events
- Most challenging and exciting times
- Trips abroad and people he/she met, if any
- Awards, if any
- Current life (if this person is still alive)
- Current place of living
- What he/she is doing now
- Upcoming important event
- Later life (if this person isn’t alive now)
- Things he/she did at the end of his/her life
- Place and date of death
- Place of burial
- Author’s feeling about this person
- Kind of feelings and why you feel them
- Your thoughts on his/her most important things
BIOGRAPHY OUTLINE TEMPLATE #2
- Things and reasons for his/her fame
- Date and place of birth
- A couple of important events that happened in his/her childhood
- Influences and challenges
- People, events, or/and ideas that affected this person
- The most important decisions
- Challenges and how he/she overcame them
- Achievements and accomplishments
- The most important things he/she did
- What and/or who helped him/her succeed
- Influence of this person on his/her contemporaries and the entire world
- How this person affects you personally
BIOGRAPHY OUTLINE TEMPLATE #3
- Early life
- Name, date and place of birth
- Family background
- Hobbies and interests
- Two or three important childhood events or facts
- Education, career and accomplishments
- Date and place of studying and major
- What kind of jobs he/she did and what made him/her famous
- Achievements, awards and other facts
- Later life
- Marriage and children
- Some interesting facts
- Date and place of death
On the whole, writing an outline is the art of preciseness and figuring out the most essential things out of tons of information. You, basically, summarize what you want to say by using bullets, letters, or numbers or all the mentioned. And remember not to write whole sentences or paragraphs for one point. Be precise and use only phrases that emphasize the most important things, events, etc. but if you don’t have time to create your own outline, feel free to use biography outline templates from the above.
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The following outline must be used for the biography writing:
I. Introductory Paragraph
A. Literary Hook
B. Thesis Statement
1. The specific subject (About whom will you be writing?)
2. The specific condition (What is this person famous for?)
C. Concluding Sentence (How has this person affected the literary world?)
II. Early Life/Family Life
A. When and where was this person born?
B. Write about this person’s family.
C. Write about this person’s childhood and education.
III. Professional Life
A. How and why did this person get involved in writing novels?
B. Who helped this author become famous for his/her writings?
A. Summarize this person’s accomplishments.
B. Explain how this author and his/her literary works have affected you as a person.
C. Explain how this writer is different from other writers.
V. Your Opinion
A. What do you think about this author and his/her novels?
B. What suggestions do you have for this author? Explain.
You may find information for this part of the Author Project from the following web sites:
www.google.com (type the author's name in the search field. Look at first 5 links to come up. Make sure to note the web sites you use for research.)