Writing Tips

Starting a biography may seem like a daunting prospect but iBiographer makes it so easy. It’s do it yourself 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 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. So don’t worry if you have missed something because you can keep adding and editing the chapters.

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

  • Decide whom you want to write about - yourself, children, spouse, parents, grandparents, great grand parents, ancestors, other relatives, friends, idols, heroes, or any other special person.
  • 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.
  • Collect as much information from letters, photos, people, and conversations with other members of the family or friends.
  • Take notes or record conversations.
  • Film with a smart phone to record special stories or conversations or sounds and upload to the biography.
  • Use questions like whom? What? Where? Why? and How?
  • 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?
  • What were some their well used phrases, jokes, stories?
  • Describe their appearance, habits, ways of talking, personality and any distinct feature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Separating their information into distinct chapters and focusing on a particular part of their life makes the writing more manageable and more enjoyable.
  • Think about your fondest memories, or special moments, funny moments, entertaining moments.
  • Think about the challenges they had or have overcome.
  • Think about the things you want to stand out about the person.
  • It doesn’t need to be in sentences. Do bullet points or headings if you want.