How to Write an Autobiography
HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
When writing an autobiography, you focus on five major parts of your life: How life began, what life means to you, your life experience and where you are in life, what your outlook and future is on life and finally your life conclusions. Your autobiography could spread over numerous pages or just a few. Include photos and memorabilia. (See H G Wells)
“Autobiographies have been written since A.D. 400 when an early Christian leader, Saint Augustine, wrote his.” An autobiography is information about one’s own life written by that one person. In it, it tells what that person’s life is all about. When writing your own autobiography, use interesting facts to explain as much about yourself as you can.
How your life began
The first things you do when writing an autobiography is start off with a lot of facts about your life; for example, your name and your parents name, where they came from including their family history, when and where you were born, where you lived, where you spent your childhood, where you went to school. You have to give a lot of information so your reader can clearly understand your beginning. Once you have written this introduction, you are ready to start your second Chapter of your autobiography.
What life means to you?
In this chapter you should state how you see life–what does life mean to you. Are you happy or sad? Do you have a lot of friends or just a few? How do you make your days go by? Do you have a relationship? What are your favourite places to go on?
Your life experience and where you are in life?
When you arewriting this part of the autobiography, you usually explain the type of person you are; use facts about yourself such as: have you won any awards? Did you achieve anything? State any changes throughout your life! Remembering any events in your life! Your personal and family experiences!
What is your outlook on life?
In this chapter you should explain what you think of your life and what the future will be like. Explain through your eyes: Where will you be in the future? What your expectations of the future, good or bad?Would you have changed anything in your past? If so what?
The conclusion is the last chapter of your autobiography and an important one, too. In the conclusion you usually try to re-word the introduction and add some type of closure to bring the whole autobiography together, and how you would like to be remembered?
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