A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, I’ll cover writing genres.
A biography is an account of someone’s life or an event in a person’s life, written by someone else.
- Make sure your subject merits an entire book.
- Write the story of the person’s life (or event), not a chronologue of what happened when.
- Include fascinating details–insider knowledge–that make readers happy they selected your book.
- Ask lots of questions. You won’t print it all, but it will shape your thinking.
- Look for autobiographical records. Read as many of these as possible to provide context.
- Follow every lead. Again, even if it becomes a dead end, it’s context for the fullness of this person’s life or event.
- Analyze as well as interpret events. Make logical conclusions.
- Make it interesting, not dry. Add drama. crises. Make the characters fascinating.
- A Moveable Feast — about Ernest Hemingway
- Out of Africa — about Karen Blixen’s life in Africa
- Churchill: A Life — about Winston Churchill
- The Double Helix — about James Watson’s discovery of DNA
- Steven Jobs — about the life of Steven Jobs and his creation of Apple
- Plutarch’s Lives –about the influential Greeks who shaped Western thinking
- My Bondage and My Freedom — about Frederick Douglas, from slavery to freeman
- An Unfinished Life — about John F. Kennedy
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.