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in a sentence ? Here are some examples. is written chastely, elegantly, self-critically and charitably.
While going through such varied sources, it is a great joy when one finds an or a biography or an unpublished piece of writing.
This will appeal most to those interested in the history of the Chattahoochee Valley.
In his he concludes, somewhat apologetically, that perhaps he preferred objects to people.
In his , My Life, he tells of his lifelong passion for golf both as a player and a commentator.
George is the survivor, the cat with nine lives, and he has an for every one of them.
In his he points to influences from punk, reggae, rock and pop with hip-hop, which really gave him his sense of direction.
It was reprinted by former LIFE editor Edward K. Thompson in his , along with the story behind it.
Nelson Mandela, for example, describes in his the depth of presence of Robben Island in the Xhosa language.
I want to say that Campion's An Angel at My Table is faithful to Frame's , specifically to the writerly vision of the writer's life.
Spanning four albums, this collection is an of her life over the past decade.
In his , he explains in detail why it did not become a worldwide business.
Every time you turn a page of his , you're going, you're kidding me, this happened?
Oskar has convinced Bruno to buy him a ream of blank white paper so that he can write out his .
It is in that episode that the larger implications of Schreiner's intricate weave of fiction and become apparent.
In his he accredits the story to Neil Collins, Bennett's Daily Telegraph counterpart.
The Times repeats, in summary, Said's false , as though it were factual.
Except for Lucy's , all the primary source materials I found are influenced by a dominant, cissexual perspective of people.
We must bear in mind that an reveals more about the mind set of its author than about factual occurrences.
In various passages from her , Hepburn, the daughter of a suffragist and birth-control crusader, sounds disconcertingly unliberated.
A vitrine contains parts of the original manuscripts for his 15,000 page novel and his 5,000-page .
Rather pettily, he made a point of correcting an error in his .
A pastiche of and post-modern plot twists, it was haunted by an off-putting tone of smug precociousness.
Note the dramatic narrative and implicit that emerge from this penetrating insight.
There is only one possible reason for a book such as this, the of a television personality.
Honesty, Amos says, is one of the advantages of committing her to CD rather than to paper.
By producing his , modest, unassuming Tom hopes he has scored a point.
The result is a literary in which the self revealed is simultaneously the self concealed.
He plainly confessed it in his , as did his ex-wife in her rather sympathetic memoir of their years together.
What gives to this its particular value is its inversion of insider-outsider positions.
Her CV, hand scrawled in a bi-tel across nine pages of A4 foolscap is a terribly poignant .
Well, you can wait for the or you can come with me to shop for formalwear.
It is not everyday that you find an so disarmingly direct and candid.
The translation represents Dante's as a prolepsis of the culminant visions in the Paradiso.
She wrote her , besides authoring books on the status of women, handicrafts and embroidery.
But if her is anything to go by, her success has come at a price.
She was so dismayed with the ghostwriter's draft of her 1998 that she rewrote it completely.
Like Jack, he contributed to the substantial body of Lindsay , a significant oeuvre in its own right.
An is an attempt to bring up all the facts, and to stick to them, faithfully and chronologically.
The golden girl of Tinseltown was due to appear at WestQuay's Waterstone's bookshop to sign copies of her new .
Ireland, in short, has no monopoly on the use of memoir, fiction, biography or as a political tool.
But one thing about now, as opposed to then, has been the rise of graphic novels, and comics biography and .
He re-read his father's and realised they shared many character traits.
Her opens with an epigraph by Virginia Woolf that firmly sets this metanarrative within a matriarchal tradition of storytelling.
Her , The Kindness of Strangers, published last year, is exceedingly short on personal detail.
His was serialized in magazines and on radio, bought by a major book club, and reprinted a number of times.
Finally, by facilitating self-discovery and personal growth, has therapeutic power.
It was published in 1937 so is probably unobtainable now, but it was a marvellous by a man who edited pulp magazines.
The covers the author's early years up to the threshold of university.
The film is not quite a confessional cry for help, but on some level it functions as scrambled .
But his does not mention the tax shelter advantages of his museum and foundation, which were hardly negligible.
He's got a book that just came out, an , in which he admits that he was a mainliner as a teen-ager.
In four volumes of and three books of journals he distilled much of the flavour of each decade of a remarkable century.
It is a unique record that pushes at the boundaries of and fiction.
Although he claims that his films should not be read as , he is a past master at transforming his life into art.
The blues sounded like , like ordinary people telling the story of their lives.
I'm always reluctant to do so because I don't want this blog to turn into by other means.
If all fiction is , then we must suggest that perhaps all autobiography is fiction.
It is part , part history, part psychological investigation of the Scottish character.
The details, he says, are pretty much straight , the sentiments also.
Indeed there is probably more fiction in than there is in fiction.
This is , and since when have we been worried about autobiography being indulgent?
He then adds in elements of , fragments of myth and history and a dose of magic realism.
Let's just say that by 30, I want to have had an international best-selling .
In a surprisingly candid , he reveals how his upbringing shaped his writing.
And members of the winning team will each receive a signed copy of his new .
In his Russell reports this sad interlude with agonized regret.
After my hit single I chose to take a year off to write my and produce this new album.
For now Ricky is busy attending book signings around the country to promote his Ricky.
Part of Harold Evans' , My paper chase, just out in paperback, describes his travels in America.
In this untypical but engaging sports , he portrays himself as a man of destiny, overcoming all obstacles in the way of England's Rugby World Cup victory.
I was intrigued to read in your that your relationship with your parents was starchy and formal, while you were close to your grandmother.
Since starting the whirlwind publicity tour to promote his , he has done his best to seem high-minded.
Like any example of oral history or the studies have both weaknesses as well as strengths.
He said he'd been working hard recently on his , which was now half finished.
It's curious that the Long Island Lolita is publishing her coincidentally with the Washington schoolteacher's release from the slammer.
Still, may be the land of the invented past but, when the person is interesting enough and the life is large enough, the compensations are considerable.
They're my particular way of writing my , the fragments of my day which make up an impression of my state of mind in a particular place.
A short is prefixed to the 1827 edition of Juvenal.
In sharp contrast to the , it tends to be prolix and muddled with excessive detail, and it often reads like a jumbled mix of fantastic stories.
After Lacroix, Man Ray spent about six years with the famed Parisian demi-mondaine Kiki de Montparnasse, to whom he devoted an entire chapter in his .
Gorgeously filmed and acted, Frida reveals the in Kahlo's art by occasionally punctuating the action with tableaux based on her paintings.
The assertive title boldly lettered on the gunmetal gray book spine makes this volume look like another tiresome by a former SAS trooper.
His memoir, in a translation that preserves the author's gorgeous, discursive style and his love of wordplay, is a social history embedded within an .
It is based on Barris's in which he claims to have led a double life as a CIA assassin, fronting game shows by day and murdering government targets by night.
Andrea described the whole scene very well in her , Talking Back to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels.
Nobody writes an saying I was a loser, a failure and a fool.
Hulanicki was the subject of a 2009 documentary, Beyond Biba, based on her 2007 From A to Biba.
In his 'Still Me,' Reeves recounted how Williams helped save his life.
Her later works became even more experimental, blending elements of , history, myth, religion, and politics.
Its genre, fictional , goes back to Akkadian literature.
John Huston recalls in his , An Open Book, a time when he asked Mitchum to crawl across the grass on his elbows.
The splicing of vignettes and evokes moods wonderfully, but in later chapters, not pinned to Rembrandt, argument dissolves under the pressure.
Political anoraks who want to get ahead of the game should read Winning Back America, the former Vermont governor's recently published campaign .
In her she said curiosity had made her take the job, but 60 years on she admits she failed to let herself see the atrociousness of the regime she worked for.
I'm of another party, the one that says all is fiction.
Her art combines romantic and detached conceptualism.
The relation between and your writing is a complicated one.
Huston never publicly acknowledged that any of San Pietro was fake, not in his , not in any interview.
One wishes one of her many friends and admirers had advised her not to make her sound like a list of testimonials from famous people interspersed with anecdotes.
He penned pamphlets of protest, left his mark on Philadelphia's most significant free black institutions, and produced a moving spiritual .
After all, in her 1993 she disclosed one or two juicier titbits contained in the files, which she was allowed to see soon after the Wall came down.
His eagerly awaited is a solid good read about the life of a top international soccer star, although hardly the seminally honest account we were promised.
Along the way he offers a sort of of his bibliomania, which takes him across New England and the rest of the country searching for old books.
This image of a monastic, reclusive author, wilfully at odds with much of modernity, was confirmed by the posthumous appearance of Brown's .
Stiff cliched characters, unreal situations, and a bit too much .
The White House physician, who was not a psychiatrist, did describe Coolidge in his unpublished as being mentally unbalanced and mentally deranged.
It should not surprise anyone if it turns out that Jean Houston's is a piece of fiction, a heroic myth spun by her imagination out of the fabric of her desires.
In his early life, Oldfield used drugs including LSD, whose effects on his mental health he discussed in his .
At 13 Drew was using cocaine, and by the time she was 16 the rockily-rehabbed actress was co-authoring an about it all.
Smith was listed as the author of his , but a ghostwriter did most of the work.
At night, as creative author, the cognoscente sketched out the first draft of his expanded .
Six years later, she wrote her Prime Mimicker, chronicling her childhood and career as impressionist.
The aborigine's was also an autoethnography. It told much about the culture he grew up in.
They cover postmodernity, textuality, , masculinity, sexuality, postcoloniality, and post-theory.
Incorgnito Publishing Press has just signed martial artist and cult film legend Taimak to present his , Taimak, The Last Dragon.
The aborigine's contained much that was autoethnographic. How much more insightful into his culture than the views of a foreigner.
Following upon Patricia Cholakian's earlier work, the book frames Marguerite's life around a reading of her Heptameron as .
The Voice judge and Olympic ceremony hogger Jessie J will chat about her , Nice To Meet You.
McEwan had included a brief note at the end of Atonement, referring to Andrews's , among several other works.
In 1971, he published his , The Moon's a Balloon, which was well received, selling over five million copies.
In his , Rudolf Carnap describes Wittgenstein as the thinker who gave him the greatest inspiration.
In a fragment of dated 25 July 1894, Gladstone denounced the tax as.
Davies died at the age of 76 in 2015 and, as a tribute to his longstanding friend, Jon Gower republished Davies' in English.
Her , The Breakaway, was published in the summer of 2014 to significant critical acclaim.
The album's track titles are interwoven into the chapters of his Over the Top and Back released at the same time.
She released a second titled Keep Smiling in late 2007, this time with a very different tone than the previous.
Jenkins's , Time to Say Hello, was released on 28 January 2008, and was also serialised in The Mail on Sunday.
Much more than a methodical treatise, The Physiology of Taste is part , part theory, part axiology.
In his Slide Rule, Shute recalls writing the book twice over and rewriting large portions a third time.
Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens's own life, and it is often considered his veiled .
Her publications, especially her The Life of Theresa of Jesus, had multiple effects.
As he relates in his , he examined the bronze powder made in Nuremberg which was the only place where it was made at the time.
According to Wainwright, in his Fellwanderer, he initially planned the series for his own interest rather than for publication.
And it was also during the phase of the higher .
Commando, the posthumously published of punk pioneer Johnny Ramone, is not a typical rock'n' roll confessional.
This is the of Nobel Peace Laureate Albert Schweitzer, published in commemoration of Schweitzer's 1949 visit to the United States.
But he has promised to return to the micro-blogging world once he has completed a follow-up to his Moab Is My Washpot.
However, he promised to return once he has finished a follow-up to his 1997 Moab Is My Washpot.
However, he has promised to return to the micro-blogging world once he has completed a follow-up to his , Moab Is My Washpot.
He covers the prehumans, the humans, chronicle, , Lucy the fossil, and Lucy the symbol.
Any interested in mobile living and yurts will find this an inspirational, revealing packed with insights and encouragement.
He also fronts his own game show, Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong, has written his , and continues to perform as a stand-up.
Englund even co-wrote her bestselling 2009 , Cloris.
He made it clear to his publishers that this slim book was in no sense a full .
Lewis wrote a compellingly readable called Surprised by Joy.
He wrote his in Welsh, but said he lacked the necessary grasp of the language to employ it in his poems.
The whole novel is presented as if it were the he wrote between being forced to retire from the ministry and his eventual death.
For example, his Satyasanjeevani was meant for a women readership.
She escaped to the North in 1842 and became the first freedwoman to write her own .
Many of his novels contain elements of , and feature various locations in his native Scotland.
He had no patients according to his and his efforts as an ophthalmologist were a failure.
In 1962 Waugh began work on his , and that same year wrote his final fiction, the long short story Basil Seal Rides Again.
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, a spiritual was published in 1666, when he was still in jail.
Lynam, whose is called I Should Have Been At Work, lives in Chiswick, west London, with long-term partner Rose Diamond.
In September 2010, she published a second entitled Full Circle.
On the Fred Astaire theme, I enjoyed reading the star's , Steps In Time.
In an excerpt from his , he describes the reaction.
In 2002, MacArthur released her first entitled Taking on the World.
He has written an with the late Sky TV darts commentator Sid Waddell.
In 1971 she published her entertaining, and modest, tennis , A Game to Love.
He will also star as iconic war photographer Don McCullin in a film based on McCullin's , Unreasonable Behaviour.
A self-confessed bibliophile, this show felt like an but without any hint of sententiousness or showboating self-satisfaction.
Malala's father's story is glancingly told in her , which has been banned in Pakistan.
Andrews discovered her true parentage from her mother in 1950, although it was not publicly disclosed until her 2008 .
He then published Stone Alone, an based on scrapbooks and diaries he had been keeping since the band's early days.
Lewis also wrote an titled Surprised by Joy, which places special emphasis on his own conversion.
David Copperfield is regarded by many as a veiled of Dickens.
Who would have thought that we would end up working together when he became manager of Darlington, and that I would cowrite his ?
Scholars consider it as Dickens' veiled with the title character modeled after the author himself.
According to his , he and Shaw played cowboys in a silent film that was never released.
Much of what is known of Hooke's early life comes from an that he commenced in 1696 but never completed.
Septimius Severus does not mention her in his , though he later commemorated her with statues when he became Emperor.
Suetonius quotes Claudius' once and must have used it as a source numerous times.
Self-abasement was a Chaucerian inheritance that Shakespeare merged with the Plautine plaudite, and as such should not be mistaken for .
He wrote a boastful , recording all his great deeds.
His time there is documented in his , An Island To Oneself.
In 1997, his and art book, I Want To Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now, was published.
He remarked in his that his keenest interests were in religion and mathematics, and that only his wish to know more mathematics kept him from suicide.
According to his , Errol Flynn and he were firm friends and rented Rosalind Russell's house at 601 North Linden Drive as a bachelor pad.
According to his , as a young man Chesterton became fascinated with the occult and, along with his brother Cecil, experimented with Ouija boards.
The texts written by Caesar, an of the most important events of his public life, are the most complete primary source for the reconstruction of his biography.
Benn's , published in 2001, is called Dark Destroyer.
It is his lesbophilia that sets Proust's narrator apart from the author, that marks the novel as a novel rather than a perverse exercise in selective .
His Changeling was published in May 2007 by Virgin Books.
She began to write her , as she expected her life to end.
It was only later in that week I had the courage to venture into my bottom drawer and pull out the synopsis of his , together with the first couple of chapters.
And when I revealed this fact in my I'm Not The Only One he took my publisher Penguin to the High Court in Edinburgh seeking to injunct publication.
But that's just what he has done, in typically exuberant, no-holds-barred fashion by detailing his life story in a volume of entitled Kickups, Hiccups, Lockups.
He's had an amazing time, he assures me, although reading between the lines of his Funny Peculiar, his path to happiness hasn't always run smooth.
In his , the South African poet Roy Campbell recalled his youth in the Dargle Valley, near the city of Pietermaritzburg, where people spoke only Gaelic and Zulu.
The photographer Eric Hosking lost his left eye after attempting to photograph a tawny owl, which inspired the title of his 1970 , An Eye for a Bird.
Freddie Foreman, a friend of the Krays, claimed in his Respect that he shot Mitchell dead as a favour to the twins and disposed of his body at sea.
Contrary to some longstanding accounts, Stewart states in his 2012 that he was never signed to the club and that the club never called him back after his trials.
Christie's makes no reference to her disappearance.
In the autumn of 2003, Sting released his , Broken Music.
In it Bunting tells his but also traces the lineage of poetry in the North back to the Viking Skaldic tradition and the Celtic bards that they went to war with.
Make your story unputdownable whether it's your , the portrait of a lost industry or town, or a speculative fiction set on another world.
We do not know who is the author of this very interesting of an old and popular coleus.
But there is one point about the book that deserves some considering, its credibility as .
The charm of these essays is a frank note of tempered by a kindly humor and whimsicality peculiar to Lamb.
The plotless narrative, reading like , of a kid who ran away from a farm in East Texas to be a cowboy in Arizona.
The volume included his loges of several academicians, and the of his great-grandfather, the first Cassini.
In addition to writing an , she authored articles and a swimming instruction book for women.
I wasted myself on too nice points, laments Brea in his deep, honest, clear-eyed .
To take them as an attempt at would be a mistake.
Writing one's life story in the form of a personal memoir or an can have immense value for benefiting posterity.
This is a powerful book of love and sociology.
May they all get thwacked over the head with Coleen McLoughlin's .
Trajectory is Malcolm's in which he writes about growing up in India with Armenian parents and an English education.
The following account of this performance is abridged from his .
An , when confronted by a careful editor with documentary evidence, is usually found to be full of obviously inadvertent errors.
He had the training that a coloured youth receives at Hampton, which, indeed, the does explain.
Gareth wrote a fanfare for Owain Arwel Hughes' 70th birthday to coincide with the launch of Owain's .
The Australian rubbished the claim made in Tendulkar's Playing It My Way, and said he never contemplated the change in captaincy.
He sat down to write his new book which was, in a way, an .
The whole episode takes about three pages of his .
Smith, in his , laments the mortality among the settlers.
So wrote Trollope in the concluding chapter of his .
I will observe, in parenthesis, that Heine says that a true is almost an impossibility, and that man is bound to lie about himself.
She broke into the industry in 1973 with her Halfbreed.
Oprah natters to Mia Farrow about her What Falls Away, giving her account of her relationship with Woody Allen, surely one of Movieland's wackiest characters.
The irrepressible charisma and unnatural good health radiated by George Zoritch in the Goldfine-Geller movie permeates every page of this anecdotal .
Rugby men don't possess a sympathetic ear for smart alecks, and that is what our Gav is now perceived to be after his controversial .
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AUTOBIOGRAPHY in a Sentence Examples: 21 Ways to Use Autobiography

Have you ever wondered what goes into writing an autobiography? An autobiography is a self-written account of one’s own life, detailing personal experiences, memories, and moments that have shaped the individual.

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Autobiography is a noun that refers to a written account of a person’s life, written by that person themselves. To properly use autobiography in a sentence, follow these guidelines:

Introduce the Autobiography: Begin your sentence with a clear introduction that the text is an autobiography. For example, “In his autobiography,” or “Her autobiography details.”

Use Correct Punctuation: Place the title of the autobiography in italics or quotes, following the appropriate punctuation rules.

Proper Grammar: Ensure that your sentence is grammatically correct and clearly conveys the intended meaning.

Example: In her autobiography, “Becoming,” Michelle Obama shares her journey from a young girl in Chicago to becoming the First Lady of the United States.

By following these steps and tips, you can effectively use autobiography in a sentence to accurately convey the subject and context of a person’s life story.

Autobiographical sentences serve as powerful tools for self-reflection, self-expression, and storytelling. They offer a unique window into the author’s inner life, allowing readers to connect with the author’s journey and gain a deeper understanding of their perspectives and values. Through autobiography sentences, authors create a lasting record of their lives, leaving behind a legacy that can inspire, educate, and resonate with others for generations to come.

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Definition of Autobiography

the story of an individual’s life written by that individual

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During the interview, the singer took a few moments to promote the autobiography he penned about his college days.  🔊

Writing my autobiography has been difficult because my childhood was unpleasant.  🔊

While an autobiography is self-written, a biography is written by someone other than the book’s subject.  🔊

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autobiography

Definition of autobiography

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Word History

auto- + biography , perhaps after German Autobiographie

1797, in the meaning defined above

Phrases Containing autobiography

  • semi - autobiography

Dictionary Entries Near autobiography

autobiographist

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“Autobiography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary , Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/autobiography. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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How To Use Autobiography In A Sentence

  • Moceanu has written an autobiography , had book signings and cashed in on corporate and commercial appearances. 0 0
  • A short autobiography is prefixed to the 1827 edition of Juvenal. 0 0
  • I had just published my autobiography , which met with universal disapproval. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • In this rather archaically written biography, marred by ornate, stilted language and the author's reliance on and citation of endlessly extended passages from his great-great-grandfather's autobiography , James Mellon struggles mightily but fails to make his readers care much for or about Thomas Mellon. Banking On the Future 0 0
  • A ghosted autobiography requires a deep bond between sportsman and journalist. Times, Sunday Times 0 0

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  • How grateful and enlightened he must be to have that cleared up: one wouldn't want a thicko to write one's autobiography . 0 0
  • Well, you can wait for the autobiography or you can come with me to shop for formalwear. 0 0
  • One final irony: In 1950, at age 82, Millikan published his Autobiography , with Chapter 9 entitled simply "The Experimental Proof of the Existence of the Photon--Einstein's Photoelectric Equation. 0 0
  • Her mother, Jackiey, the daughter of a market trader, was described in her daughter's autobiography as a petty thief and "clipper" - a woman who pretends to be a prostitute but runs off with the money instead. DUFF & NONSENSE! 0 0
  • As he accepts, it would have been dishonest to write an autobiography without touching on this subject. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • After all, in her 1993 autobiography she disclosed one or two juicier titbits contained in the files, which she was allowed to see soon after the Wall came down. 0 0
  • Between these two positions lies a range of literacy activity, such as personal autobiography , diaries, functional lists etc. 0 0
  • Indeed there is probably more fiction in autobiography than there is autobiography in fiction. 0 0
  • While at the BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas next week, I’ll be signing copies of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself in which I intimately share living with cerebral palsy to show others that cp is not a death sentence, but rather a life sentence: Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » 2007 » November 0 0
  • It is not everyday that you find an autobiography so disarmingly direct and candid. 0 0
  • Along the way he offers a sort of autobiography of his bibliomania, which takes him across New England and the rest of the country searching for old books. 0 0
  • There are elements of autobiography in these acute, erudite, elegant and amusing essays. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • Matilda of Canossa had obsessed Maureen for the better part of the last two years, possessing her first when Maureen read the autobiography of the controversial countess, and then as she wrote her latest book in honor of this remarkable woman. The Poet Prince 0 0
  • Jack . Welch Autobiography & gt ; praised as " the Holy Bible of CEO ". 0 0
  • And he found time to write two volumes of autobiography in which he could give full vent to his views on theatre. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • While going through such varied sources, it is a great joy when one finds an autobiography or a biography or an unpublished piece of writing. 0 0
  • She wrote in her autobiography that The Manchurian Candidate was ‘a dynamite film,’ though she had worried about working with Frank Sinatra. 0 0
  • Autobiography used to be the preserve of hammy actors, gammy lieutenant commanders and superannuated hangers-on to the Bloomsbury Group. 0 0
  • It is a famously unclassifiable book, part cultural criticism, part autobiography , mixing participant ethnography with literary analysis. The Times Literary Supplement 0 0
  • In her autobiography she said curiosity had made her take the job, but 60 years on she admits she failed to let herself see the atrociousness of the regime she worked for. 0 0
  • I thought, 'Doing this autobiography is more serious than I thought. With No Ax to Grind 0 0
  • Beyond the headlines inspired by his recent autobiography , it is easy to recognise just how the modern game has transformed his life. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • These texts, written in the style of 1980s bonkbuster novels but with the content of newsy autobiography , could change the face of publishing. Bonk-bios, the perfect beach books 0 0
  • As well as being erudite, witty and utterly shameless, his autobiography shows he was capable of great mercy. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • These and other insights into a distinguished writer 's life are reason enough to read this chronological autobiography . Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • George is the survivor, the cat with nine lives, and he has an autobiography for every one of them. 0 0
  • He re-read his father's autobiography and realised they shared many character traits. 0 0
  • This autobiography will appeal most to those interested in the history of the Chattahoochee Valley. 0 0
  • In four volumes of autobiography and three books of journals he distilled much of the flavour of each decade of a remarkable century. 0 0
  • Certainly this critique of autobiography has validity; how many autobiographers are truly honest even with themselves, let alone with their readers, about themselves in narrative? 0 0
  • After Lacroix, Man Ray spent about six years with the famed Parisian demi-mondaine Kiki de Montparnasse, to whom he devoted an entire chapter in his autobiography . 0 0
  • As he wrote in his autobiography : 'I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • Still, autobiography may be the land of the invented past but, when the person is interesting enough and the life is large enough, the compensations are considerable. 0 0
  • There is a story told in his otherwise unrevealing autobiography which nicely illuminates the practical side of this pursuit of goodness. 0 0
  • Known as a master of tokiwazu bushi, a Japanese song featured in Kabuki plays, she published her autobiography two years ago. Autopsy Disclosed 0 0
  • He said he'd been working hard recently on his autobiography , which was now half finished. 0 0
  • In his autobiography , he explains in detail why it did not become a worldwide business. 0 0
  • In his Autobiography he reports a personal experience of racial harassment. 0 0
  • In his autobiography , King mentioned that when he "chivved" someone (interesting that the slang hasn't changed), he was always careful to draw the blade downwards across the face, never upwards or sideways, so as not to slash a major artery. A Night With Annie Nightingale; Mary Anne's Send Off Show; Bandits of the Blitz; Jamie Cullum 0 0
  • He was reading the Russell autobiography in order to steady himself for the selection procedure. 0 0
  • Burderop farmer Charles W Whatley recalls his schooldays at Swindon High School in his autobiography Farming And Foxhunting published c1940, where Mr Snell had the reputation of pushing on the smart and forward boys. Undefined 0 0
  • I was intrigued to read in your autobiography that your relationship with your parents was starchy and formal, while you were close to your grandmother. 0 0
  • Tebow's autobiography , audaciously written when he was merely a 23-year-old second-string quarterback most critics called a miscast running back, came out in June. USATODAY.com News 0 0
  • In her autobiography , she describes the song's genesis late one night in a Dublin bar. 0 0
  • Rowlandson intersperses her autobiography with numerous quotations from the Bible. 0 0
  • For now Ricky is busy attending book signings around the country to promote his autobiography Ricky. 0 0
  • As it cools, write another autobiography . The Sun 0 0
  • His autobiography is set to become a massive hit - but it seems not even the England captain can topple Harry Potter from top spot. 0 0
  • Further, Langdon deems the sculpture — which depicts St. Teresa of Avila in spiritual ecstasy, based on a description in her autobiography — as pornographic, as it supposedly depicts the saint “on her back in the throes of a toe-curling orgasm.” Ron Howard, Angry & Demeaning? 0 0
  • While trying to help starving villagers, Yunus met a 21-year-old woman named Sufia Begum, who was burdened by a tiny yet crushing debt, Yunus recalled in his autobiography , "Banker to the Poor. 0 0
  • I, Dreyfus takes the form of its eponymous hero's autobiography , penned while in prison. 0 0
  • IT was supposed to be his grand comeback - a new album and autobiography out on consecutive days after months of hard work. The Sun 0 0
  • In his autobiography , My Life, he tells of his lifelong passion for golf both as a player and a commentator. 0 0
  • It went right across the board - from literary fiction to celebrity autobiography . 0 0
  • Note the dramatic narrative and implicit autobiography that emerge from this penetrating insight. 0 0
  • According to Evans's autobiography , Mascarenhas told him that the army's outrages against Bengalis far outweighed those of Bengalis against non-Bengalis. It's not the arithmetic of genocide that's important. It's that we pay attention | Ian Jack 0 0
  • In this untypical but engaging sports autobiography , he portrays himself as a man of destiny, overcoming all obstacles in the way of England's Rugby World Cup victory. 0 0
  • Ireland, in short, has no monopoly on the use of memoir, fiction, biography or autobiography as a political tool. 0 0
  • Government lawyers have been encouraged by a 1997 Appeal Court judgment preventing the spy George Blake from receiving royalties on his autobiography . 0 0
  • The details, he says, are pretty much straight autobiography , the sentiments also. 0 0
  • In his autobiography Russell reports this sad interlude with agonized regret. 0 0
  • Esposito's book is part autobiography , part travel story, part food diary, and part oenological tale. The Wine Book Club Wrap-Up for May 0 0
  • If he was the quintessential Parisian (in his autobiography , he describes himself as “a Parisian from the heart of Paris”), she was the fiercely ambitious arriviste. The King Is Dead 0 0
  • One wishes one of her many friends and admirers had advised her not to make her autobiography sound like a list of testimonials from famous people interspersed with anecdotes. 0 0
  • I told him time after time to write his autobiography . Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • The film is not quite a confessional cry for help, but on some level it functions as scrambled autobiography . 0 0
  • As hard as it can be to truly open up and mine the meaning of one's existence, and then stake that meaning out for public display, this is what it means to write a worthwhile autobiography . 0 0
  • The book is not so much a formal ‘ autobiography ’ as a free-floating memoir. 0 0
  • In his autobiography , he recalls the poverty he grew up in. 0 0
  • If an autobiography is the true and full story of one's life -- the entire trip so to speak -- a memoir examines recurring scenes along the way. Will Weaver: Making Sense of the Memoir 0 0
  • As is so often the way with writers, paradox seemed not to detract from but strengthen his work, as this collection of novel extracts, short stories, travel writing and autobiography proves. 0 0
  • The rugby union star has vowed to address all the claims surrounding his personal life in his autobiography , due out in September. The Sun 0 0
  • Because people have ripped her off and sold kiss-and-tell stories (which, presumably, her autobiography is not). 0 0
  • This image of a monastic, reclusive author, wilfully at odds with much of modernity, was confirmed by the posthumous appearance of Brown's autobiography . 0 0
  • “I sent him another challenge, and another and another,” he wrote in his autobiography , “and the more he did not want to fight, the bloodthirstier I became.” LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY 0 0
  • Her autobiography refuses to give the reader anything more than a blandly introspective narrative. 0 0
  • This book clearly falls into the category of fictionalised autobiography . 0 0
  • Autobiography prevails over shop talk, and every voice flickers with creative passion. 0 0
  • There is an unusual emphasis on ghosts in herautobiography . 0 0
  • He specializes in American literature, African-American culture from 1940 to 1960, Afro-American autobiography , nonfiction prose, and popular culture. 0 0
  • In sharp contrast to the autobiography , it tends to be prolix and muddled with excessive detail, and it often reads like a jumbled mix of fantastic stories. 0 0
  • A man's face is his autobiography . A woman's face is her work of fiction. Oscar Wilde  0 0
  • Surely knowing that he was writing his own epitaph, Frank, who lived in Piccadilly Village, last year published a candid autobiography , I Am What I Am. 0 0
  • A pastiche of autobiography and post-modern plot twists, it was haunted by an off-putting tone of smug precociousness. 0 0
  • VIctoria Beckham, in her autobiography Learning to Fly, talks about how legendary corsetier Mr. Pearl made hers for her wedding dress. Ava and Lana BFF - A Dress A Day 0 0
  • The cover for a bestselling autobiography , or what? Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • It is a unique record that pushes at the boundaries of autobiography and fiction. 0 0
  • If we accept the testimony of his Autobiography , his attention was mainly turned to religion and to chemical and cabbalistical studies; from his correspondence, on the other hand, it would appear that his thoughts at least occasionally ran on subjects that had little to do with his spiritual welfare. The Youth of Goethe 0 0
  • According to his online autobiography , Mr. Unger recently retired from the practice of cosmetic dentistry and decided to devote his life to painting in oil, acrylic and watercolor, which he called his “passion and first love.” St. Paul’s Hosts Art Show & Sale « Beachwood Historical Alliance 0 0
  • Fry said in a "valediction" on his website www. stephenfry.com that he intends to disconnect himself from his multimedia chatter on Twitter, blogs and websites to write a follow-up to his autobiography "Moab Is My Washpot. Reuters: Top News 0 0
  • If all fiction is autobiography , then we must suggest that perhaps all autobiography is fiction. 0 0
  • The novel is a thinly disguised autobiography . 0 0
  • Broyard wrote this before the boom in what Joyce Carol Oates has called “pathography,” or biography and autobiography that focus on the sordid. 2007 January « One-Minute Book Reviews 0 0
  • The autobiography covers the author's early years up to the threshold of university. 0 0
  • I expect his forthcoming autobiography will have the same effect. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • Very few guessed just how complex until he published the first volume of his autobiography . Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • Moore has just finished his autobiography , One Voice - My Life in Song, a funny, moving and searingly honest book, as you would expect from an unblinking chronicler of Irish ways and Irish laws. 0 0
  • Excerpted and condensed from Glenda’s recently released autobiography ‘I’ll Do It Myself’, in which she intimately shares her life story to show others cerebral palsy is not a death sentence, but rather a life sentence. Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » 2007 » April 0 0
  • KING: He wrote in his autobiography ten years ago he started dating you to escape cocaine which he described as comparable to jumping in a lake to avoid getting wet. CNN Transcript Mar 23, 2004 0 0
  • A New Yorker cartoon reprinted in Lee's autobiography epitomizes her appeal: A pot-bellied, bald man shaving at the bathroom sink glances at his wife, who is speaking to him from behind a shower curtain. More Than a Girl With a Gimmick 0 0
  • In this semi- autobiography , Simon experiences the remoteness and instability of growing up on a reservation. 0 0
  • What gives to this autobiography its particular value is its inversion of insider-outsider positions. 0 0
  • Political anoraks who want to get ahead of the game should read Winning Back America, the former Vermont governor's recently published campaign autobiography . 0 0
  • This wit, who has bequeathed to us no wit; this man of genius, who has formed no work of genius; this bold advocate for popular freedom, who sunk his patriotism in the chamberlainship; was indeed desirous of leaving behind him some trace of the life of an _escroc_ in a piece of autobiography , which, for the benefit of the world, has been thrown to the flames. Literary Character of Men of Genius Drawn from Their Own Feelings and Confessions 0 0
  • He went so far as to write his autobiography in the third person and in Welsh - a language few of his admirers could read. 0 0
  • It was in the only way--I give most all of the credit to (Bhutto producer) Mark Siegel (who coauthored Bhutto's autobiography Daughter of Destiny), who is a colleague and the person who made the family connection possible and available to me. Dan Lybarger: A Complicated Legacy: Duane Baughman on Bhutto 0 0
  • In business matters, like who was going to ghost Jett's autobiography , Kevin's word was obviously law. DEAD BEAT 0 0
  • She would later write in her autobiography that she "used to try more and more cunningly to hide my feelings." 0 0
  • The past six months had been spent ghostwriting the autobiography of a twenty-five-year-old pop star. LOST SUMMER 0 0
  • Just here I rise to remark: For effective purposes one must not be unduly sensitive or overmodest in writing autobiography -- for, being the events and memoirs of his life, written by himself, the ever-present pronoun "I" dances in such lively attendance and in such profusion on the pages that whatever pride he may have in the events they chronicle is somewhat abashed at its repetition. Shadow and Light An Autobiography with Reminiscences of the Last and Present Century 0 0
  • A vitrine contains parts of the original manuscripts for his 15,000 page novel and his 5,000-page autobiography . 0 0
  • (in French) by Gerard DepardieuIn his autobiography , this giant of French cinema -- who calls himself "bulimic" -- engagingly describes his 56 years of binging on food, alcohol and, above all, work. SNAP JUDGEMENT: BOOKS 0 0
  • I'm always reluctant to do so because I don't want this blog to turn into autobiography by other means. 0 0
  • The celebrity autobiography is a way of binding celebrities to their fan base. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • Charles Darwin complained quite crossly in his autobiography that, despite many denials, people still kept saying he thought natural selection was the sole cause of evolutionary development. A valuable onslaught on neo-Darwinist simplicities « Anglican Samizdat 0 0
  • In this autobiography , Manning portrays himself as a humble but highly intellectual and sage man who is driven by a love of country and his Christian faith. 0 0
  • This is autobiography , and since when have we been worried about autobiography being indulgent? 0 0
  • (The sentence, "Following in the footsteps of Miley Cyrus, he just came out with an autobiography ," is one of the predicted thirty-six pop culture signs of the Apocalypse.) Welcome back, Chilean miners! 0 0
  • Her autobiography , The Kindness of Strangers, published last year, is exceedingly short on personal detail. 0 0
  • I cannot forbear observing the philosophical significance of the fact that Autobiography fails to include a photograph of LeWitt himself. 0 0
  • Putting it more starkly, he was a mythomaniac, but the autobiography itself, "Each Man in His Time" 1974, is among the most entertaining books about Hollywood ever written. We Shall Not See His Like Again 0 0
  • While exploring ideas of anxiety, autobiography , and taxonomy, Amundson and Gour's work goes beyond posing the question of why people collect, and seeks to understand how people delineate their existence through the amassment of things. 0 0
  • Will my words find their way into some new tell-all autobiography ? Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • In her autobiography she often refers to her unhappy schooldays. 0 0
  • Adrian Glew, who works on the Tate collection's archives in London, was studying the seven-volume handwritten autobiography of 19th-century British sculptor Henry Sibson when he came across a reference to a Frenchman whose nickname was "le bossu," or hunchback. The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed 0 0
  • The stories about Dan are legion, and don't bear repetition here - although his autobiography is highly recommended. 0 0
  • Agent, asking for me, somebody, anybody to ghost write an autobiography for Alex Higgins. 0 0
  • And the Bill Clinton autobiography hits stores this week. 0 0
  • To write a biography of another can involve one in autobiography . 0 0
  • Thanks largely to shameless self-promotion in his autobiography , a vivid and amusing account written in the vernacular, he is one of the best documented and most widely reputed Mannerist artists after Michelangelo. 0 0
  • He also gets £50 and a personally inscribed copy of my autobiography . 0 0
  • Finally, by facilitating self-discovery and personal growth, autobiography has therapeutic power. 0 0
  • She is in talks for a 5million fee to write her autobiography , something she always said she would only do at the end of her career. The Sun 0 0
  • He penetrates deeper into the artist's life in the second volume of his autobiography . 0 0
  • The autobiography accompanying the new album appears to be redundant. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • Both texts direct the reader to attend to the saving and comforting power of God; both also provide ostensive biblical legitimization for Equiano's autobiography . 0 0
  • In her autobiography she occasionally refers to her unhappy schooldays. 0 0
  • Although he claims that his films should not be read as autobiography , he is a past master at transforming his life into art. 0 0
  • Also, where is his autobiography , supposedly finished over a year ago? 0 0
  • Some feminists turned towards poetry, fiction and autobiography . The Past is Before Us - feminism in action since the 1960s 0 0
  • A fresh surprise is sprung by this long-awaited autobiography , which turns out not to be an autobiography at all. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • The Book of Margery Kempe, the spiritual autobiography of the wife of a Lynn burgess, exemplified the virtues which lay men and women sought, and the revelations, visions, and ecstasies by which they came to possess them. 0 0
  • On a related note has any one read his autobiography ? 0 0
  • His autobiography (ghost-written, like all the publications that came out under his name) was serialized in magazines and on radio, bought by a major book club, and reprinted a number of times. 0 0
  • Oskar has convinced Bruno to buy him a ream of blank white paper (Oskar terms it ‘virgin’ paper) so that he can write out his autobiography . 0 0
  • This would lead one to expect a fat, dense and detailed autobiography . The reverse is true. The book is short and spare. 0 0
  • Autobiography and biography have provided more intimate insights into the lives of homosexual men. 0 0
  • In a more recent portion of his autobiography , Rexroth reports that he and his first wife, Andree, also a painter, carried on correspondence with Theo van Doesberg, Moholy-Nagy, and other European post-Cubist abstractionists. 0 0
  • As the two parts of the title imply, it contrasts the recent Axelrodian hagiography of Obama as the biracial transcender with the man's own evasively written but ultimately quite clear autobiography . Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog 0 0
  • In his autobiography he points to influences from punk, reggae, rock and pop with hip-hop, which really gave him his sense of direction. 0 0
  • This autobiography is the unrepentant rant of a violent sex offender, Nathan McCall, who participated in gang rape and violent assaults and shows no remorse but instead pride. Thirteen (!) School Board Applicants at cvillenews.com 0 0
  • A film based on his autobiography , Hooleygan: Music, Mayhem, Good Vibrations - described as "anarchic, dishevelled and hugely entertaining" - is scheduled to begin production later this year. The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed 0 0
  • She has written her autobiography , Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother, which unpicks her marriage. 0 0
  • The Improvisatore," upon which, next to "The Wonder-Tales," his fame rests, is a kind of disguised autobiography which exhibits the author's morbid sensibility and what I should call the unmasculine character of his mind, [19] To appeal to the reader's pity in your hero's behalf is a daring experiment, and it cannot, except in brief scenes, be successful. Essays on Scandinavian Literature 0 0
  • And I thought you might enjoy hearing one of the toughest ones I had, which was a very earnest fourth-grader that wanted an autobiography of a caveman. Librarian Kee Malesky Considers 'All Facts' For NPR 0 0
  • They put his photograph on the dust jacket of his autobiography . 0 0
  • His autobiography provides an illuminating insight into his mind. 0 0
  • According to his autobiography (Hoxsey, 1956, 62-64), it was his great-grandfather, a horse breeder named John Hoxsey, who developed it at mid-nineteenth century, out of grasses and flowering wild plants which John took from the pasture where a favorite stallion, afflicted with a cancerous growth, grazed daily until the growth necrotized. Ron Paul Wins! | Campaign for Liberty at the Daily Paul - Blog 0 0
  • It is in that episode that the larger implications of Schreiner's intricate weave of fiction and autobiography become apparent. 0 0
  • This year, a century after Mark Twain's death in 1910, the University of California Press is posthumously publishing "The Autobiography of Mark Twain," a three-volume 'unexpurgated' collection that promises never-before-seen glimpses into a man who continues to defy hard-lined definitions. Apartment Therapy Main 0 0
  • It is part autobiography , part history, part psychological investigation of the Scottish character. 0 0
  • I've tried to keep this ‘ autobiography ’ as brief as possible but I can't ensure you a weariless reading. 0 0
  • Since starting the whirlwind publicity tour to promote his autobiography , he has done his best to seem high-minded. 0 0
  • She wrote her autobiography , besides authoring books on the status of women, handicrafts and embroidery. 0 0
  • The relation between autobiography and your writing is a complicated one. 0 0
  • In his autobiography , "Tales Out of School," he described the central board of education as a "nettlesome" body whose "time-wasting intrusions and demands" made his job impossible. Who Would Want This Job? 0 0
  • He has also just signed a megabucks deal to write his autobiography . The Sun 0 0
  • Deanna Favre, who alluded to her husband's infidelity in her 2007 autobiography , is promoting a new book and was asked about the allegations on "Good Morning America" Thursday. This just in...: Harvard Club says "No thanks" to Eliot Spitzer; Deanna Favre breaks silence on sexting-scandal 0 0
  • Her autobiography opens with an epigraph by Virginia Woolf that firmly sets this metanarrative within a matriarchal tradition of storytelling. 0 0
  • He was one of the most best-natured and cheerfullest persons I have in my time met with," writes his pious daughter-in-law (_ Autobiography of Lady Warwick_, ed. Croker, p. 27). Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles 0 0
  • It's something else - a hybrid text - combining elements of fiction, autobiography , philosophy, poetry and prose. 0 0
  • In an autobiography , I will have to write the truth, I should not hide anything. Just to avoid people’s feelings, I should not be hiding things. If I don’t present events as they happened, truthfully, it is not an autobiography at all. I have read Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography and if I can muster up the kind of courage that he had, I will write one. Rajinikanth  0 0
  • They're my particular way of writing my autobiography , the fragments of my day which make up an impression of my state of mind in a particular place. 0 0
  • Honesty, Amos says, is one of the advantages of committing her autobiography to CD rather than to paper. 0 0
  • Nobody writes an autobiography saying I was a loser, a failure and a fool. 0 0
  • Lee Iaccoco's Autobiography was acknowledged to be number one on the best - seller list of 1985. 0 0
  • This is really an autobiography as much as a book about heroines. Times, Sunday Times 0 0
  • It was published in 1937 so is probably unobtainable now (though you could try abebooks), but it was a marvellous autobiography by a man who edited pulp magazines. 0 0
  • The translation represents Dante's autobiography as a prolepsis of the culminant visions in the Paradiso. 0 0
  • In "Vivre Dans le Feu: Confessions" Éditions Robert Laffont, or "Living in Fire: Confessions," Mr. Todorov has organized extracts from nine volumes of her letters, notes and diaries into what he calls the autobiography she never wrote. Languagehat.com: TWO FROM THE TIMES. 0 0
  • Let's just say that by 30, I want to have had an international best-selling autobiography . 0 0

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55. I had read Lord Byron's autobiography and I felt privileged to hear the famous man tell

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57. Rose’s new relationship with Saint Coletta developed at the same time that she was collaborating with ghostwriter Robert Coughlan on her autobiography , Times to Remember

58. In her enormously self-serving and revisionist autobiography , she asserted that she agreed to make the film only after Hitler promised to keep Goebbels at bay

59. My discussion of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will is based on Trimborn, Bach, and Brendon, cited above, but also in part on Riefenstahl’s own autobiography , Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir (New York: St

60. (The first public person to come out in a big way with bipolar disorder was actress Patty Duke, in her 1987 autobiography and in a bold 1992 book just about her experience with the illness

61. It was a gift that seriously perplexed me once I was old enough to read Mingus’s autobiography , Beneath the Underdog

62. But passages of his autobiography portray an angry and disillusioned man

63. Marshall, Autobiography ,” The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2005, Nobelprize

64. Dorothea was led on to this bit of autobiography without any sense of making a revelation

65. I remember that when I’d read Bill Clinton’s autobiography , I couldn’t help thinking that when he was confessing to the hurt he’d caused his wife and daughter, he couldn’t seem to resist looking for forgiveness too, and even hugs from the reader

66. She also enjoyed both volumes of The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens

67. But in her autobiography , By Myself, Bacall wrote about how irritating it was with Marilyn, prompted by Natasha Lytess sitting just off camera, calling for take after take, “often as many as 15 or more

68. He reveals in his 1983 autobiography , Confessions of an Actor, that preparatory to beginning production on the movie, he was convinced he was going to fall in love with Marilyn

69. He points out in his autobiography , Time-bends, that he wrote the screenplay as a gift to her and as she read an early draft she would “laugh delightfully at some of the cowboys’ lines but seemed to withhold full commitment to playing Roslyn

70. I also referred to his autobiography , written with Ms

71. Guilaroff’s five decades in the motion picture business and intimate friendships with the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age made his memoirs the most eagerly awaited autobiography of its kind

72. But this is not to be a regular autobiography

73. "" Baruch responded in his autobiography ,

74. In fact, if a romantic lady should chance to come across my autobiography she woidd ■certainly turn up her nose

75. You could never have employed your leisure time more profitably, my ever precious Arkady Makarovitch, than in writing this autobiography ! You have given yourself, so to say, an unflinching account of your first stormy, perilous steps on the path of life

76. " But such an autobiography as yoiu-s might serve as material for a future work of art, for a future picture of a lawless epoch already passed

77. " The poor woman who had fallen into his hands found much that was obscure, especially when his autobiography almost passed into a complete dissertation on the fact that no one had been ever able to understand Stepan Trofimovitch, and that "men of genius are wasted in Russia

78. I will observe, in parenthesis, that Heine says that a true autobiography is almost an impossibility, and that man is bound to lie about himself

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How to Write an Autobiography in 31 Steps

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If you’re thinking about writing an autobiography, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will be telling you all about how to write an autobiography – breaking it down and helping you along with the process.

1. What is an Autobiography?

So you want to know how to write an autobiography? First off, let’s start with what an autobiography is. Put simply, a biography is a book written about someone’s life. It includes all elements of their life, particularly featuring any significant events that took place.

The word ‘autobiography’ is made up of the two Greek words ‘autos’ and ‘bios’, meaning self and life. Put them together and you get a book that is a mix of who you are, and the life you have lived.

2. Memoir vs. Autobiography

Before you start any kind of writing process, it is important to know what kind of book it is you want to write. There is no way to know how to write an autobiography if you can’t distinguish the two. Memoirs and autobiographies are often plumped into the same genre because they are both about someone’s life.

But they are two genres of their own. So here’s the difference:

It’s pretty simple – if the book is about the person’s entire life – it’s an autobiography; if it’s about one or two events, themes, or memories within their life, it’s a memoir .

Knowing the difference will save you time and energy. It will also help you to shape and plan your book (if that’s your style).

You can always change your mind and switch genres, but at least you will know what you are doing and how both of them work. Whichever you choose will change a lot about your book – particularly the content you choose to include and the structure of the entire piece.

Memoir is the perfect platform to share your personal life experience, and you don’t have to share every other significant moment of your life. (A wise decision if only one really interesting thing has happened to you during your lifetime.)

Writing an autobiography is much different. While they both to do with the author’s life, biography is more to do with what happened throughout your life.

That means all significant events from birth ’till now.

If you set out to write a biography and it turns into a memoir, this is not a problem. The problem is when you don’t know what you’re doing at all. This leads to confusion in the writing process. And a lack of professionalism outside of it.

A great way to learn how to write an autobiography is to read. A lot. Reading other autobiographies will give you an idea of which direction to go in and how this genre is structured. It can also help you to develop your style and tone of voice, and to pinpoint which writing techniques you find most effective. All good tools to have in your writing toolbox.

Here are a few examples of autobiographies you might want to read:

  • My Autobiography, Charlie Chaplin (1964)
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin
  • Long walk to freedom, Nelson Mandela
  • The story of my experiments with truth, Mahatma Gandhi
  • The story of my life, by Helen Keller
  • The autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Malcolm X
  • An Autobiography, Agatha Christie (1965))
  • The confessions of St. Augustine, Augustine of Hippo
  • Scar tissue, Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
  • Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • Autobiography of a yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda

4. When to Write an Autobiography

experienced vs. fresh writer

Experience and youth. Photograph by Ivette Ivens. Source: abcnews.go.com

Cellini (1500-1571) wrote one of the finest autobiographies of the Renaissance. He stated:

“No matter what sort he is, everyone who has to his credit what are or really seem great achievements, if he cares for truth and goodness, ought to write the story of his own life in his own hand; but no one should venture on such a splendid undertaking before he is over forty.” Cellini

Knowing how to write an autobiography can have a lot to do with your life experiences. This fact brings into question the age of the reader.

Many biographies are written later on in life when experience has been gathered and there are many exciting moments to draw from. But this isn’t always the case.

If you are a younger writer and feel that your life has been sufficiently fantastic, or you feel a growing desire to get down all of the details of your childhood days, there is no rule that says you can’t. So don’t let others’ perceptions stop you.

Twenty-one-year-old Edouard Louis, for example, published a hugely successful fictional autobiography (aka an autofiction), The End of Eddy about his childhood and adolescence. So it is possible. Sorry Cellini.

That said, an older, more experienced writer may have an easier time writing an autobiography, simply because they have more material to draw from.

Like memoirs, autobiographies tend to center around a theme, even though you are including many life events. That is because people tend to also be themed, in a way. Want to know how to start an autobiography? Thinking about a theme can be a useful way in.

If you are a professional dancer, and that is the passion of your life, it makes sense that your book would also center around the theme of dancing and how you reached that success.

If you are ghostwriting for a celebrity, naturally they will be famous for something in particular.

The main theme, of course, is the person’s life. But that is not enough to sustain interest across time. So bear in mind a secondary theme that ties it all together.

If your theme or themes are relatable, then that will stand you in good stead. If you are not writing a glitzy celeb autobiography, then having a very relatable and original theme is more likely to find a readership than any other. Be careful not to choose and manufacture your theme, however. If you are meant to write an autobiography, you will likely already feel compelled to write about your life. So try not to put too much thought into it. Just keep it in mind, as it will keep you on track.

6. How to Pick a Theme

How to start an autobiography? One way is to pick a theme. And stick to it.

One way of picking a theme is to choose an aspect of your personality that you feel is awesome and make that your sole focus. Maybe you’re great at maths, for example. Perhaps you made it to the world championships in mathematics or something. That would be a story worth telling.

Another is to look at your philosophy in life and make that the focal point of your book. Showing your values throughout the book can inspire and uplift the reader as it can show a good example of a life well-lived. It also reveals quite clearly who you are as a person, without you having to explicitly spell it out.

A third would be to consider the things that are most important to you in your life and to make a reference to these as you work your way through each significant event mentioned in your book. (This works especially well if you are writing an autobiography for those who know you.)

7. Exceptions

You might also want to know how to write an autobiography because you want to share your story with your family. This is an admirable reason to write a story. It means that your family will always have a special connection to you through a story, no matter what. It also means that generations to come will have that link to their own past and history.

From that sense, everybody should write one!

This kind of story can even be compiled as an oral history of your family’s history and lives, which makes for an extremely personal keepsake.

Autobiographies are sometimes written in short form, as essays for college assignments. This is a similar exercise to writing a full book but in a condensed format.

Another form of autobiography is as an autofiction. This book is based mostly upon autobiographical content but is also a work of fiction. This is an easy way of avoiding any concerns you might have about privacy. If you want to distance yourself a little and take more control over the content, then this may be the way to go.

You can also consider other formats, such as writing an autobiographical graphic novel, which has the essence of cool written all over it. If you are an artist or have a passion for strong visuals, this is something to consider.

8. How to Plan

“Look for the times when your life changed the most, and when you changed the most, those are the times of peak drama in your life.” Janice Erlbaum, The Autobiographer’s Handbook

An excellent practice when learning how to start an autobiography is to begin by writing out all of the significant events in your life. These could be anything; from graduating college to losing your virginity, to being born. Whatever you think is most important and noteworthy, write it down.

You can later play with the order of events if you like, to shake things up a little bit,  but for now, just get anything and everything you can think of written down.

When considering how to write an autobiography, it seems to be the most natural of all genres to plan. This is because within its very construction there is a presumption of what it will be about: events in your life. In this sense, it is already set up for you. In some ways, this makes writing a lot easier. On the other hand, the risk that easy planning poses is boredom. For the reader or yourself. The challenge then becomes, how to make these life events interesting and stand out. But we’ll get to that a bit later on…

Nb If you are a pantser (someone who likes to write by the seat of your pants) then you might want to skip this step. In all likelihood you have something in mind to write about, so just start there.

9. Writing Schedule

A schedule helps you to get things done. You will know what works best for you after trying a few things out. You could try planning out how much you are going to write by the hour (i.e. I will write for an hour a day, every weekday) or by word count (I will write 500 words a day). Be realistic and don’t overwhelm yourself. If you are too overambitious, you may find you end up not writing at all.

Otherwise, you could aim to write a certain section of the book per week or month if that works better for you. Because autobiography is so clearly and easily arranged into story beats (was born, had first pimple, dyed hair red, etc.) organizing your writing by these events works for almost all writers, even if you are not a fan of planning.

Ask yourself the question, what’s the minimum I could manage on a regular basis? And be honest.

Everyone has their own writing style, including the way they schedule (or don’t schedule) their writing habits. So don’t ever let anyone tell you how you should be writing. It’s up to you.

10. How to Start an Autobiography

pencil and blank paper for writing

The blank page. Source: petersansom.wordpress.com

Well, now you have a list of important events in your life, starting to write should be pretty straightforward. If you don’t like planning, it’s even simpler, just pinpoint a significant moment in time and get to work! If you have a plan, all you need to do is start writing out a first draft of each event.

Next up we have a few tips and tricks to get you started.

11. Go Digging

While figuring out how to write an autobiography, you will want to have everything you are writing as fresh and vivid in your mind as possible. This clarity will translate onto the page and give your readers a strong impression of each moment.

To do this, you will want to dig out any old photos of you and whomever you might be writing about and begin filing things away for each chapter or section of the book.

You also might find it beneficial to interview anyone who remembers what happened. This can bring a new light on old events. Try using a recorder or dictaphone and typing up the best bits once you’re done.

12. Fill Up Your Senses

A good way to get into the moment before a writing session is to surround yourself with the materials relating to that particular event. Look at photos or listen to recordings from around that time, and jot down any thoughts you might have about them.

You may also want to listen to some music from the time. If you have any old clothes or keepsakes from the person, you will also want them to be around or near as you write. Listen to any interviews about the time or the characters before writing.

13. Write a letter

If you’re struggling to start writing, you can try writing a letter to yourself or to other members of the family from the time. This is a very personal way of connecting with the past. Remembering your connection to your characters will help your writing to flow more easily and mean you have material to draw from before you even start writing.

14. Emotions

Writing about certain life events is likely to be emotional. Say you had a car crash when you were younger or had to deal with some maltreatment of some kind, this will impact your writing, and how you feel about it.

It can be a difficult balance. You need to care enough about your subject matter to write it. But you don’t want your emotions to take over to the point where the style and the content of your book suffers.

While feeling impassioned by your writing, it is also important to be able to step back and take a second look at your viewpoint. This may take several rewrites to get right.

If you are finding it difficult, then consider writing out as many different viewpoints of the event as you possibly can. This will open up how you see it and may even lead to an inspiring revelation for both you and your book.

15. New Insights

One of the benefits of learning how to write an autobiography is that, as you develop as a writer, new insights will likely occur.

So while emotions can run high, it is good to know that writing about anything difficult that has happened in your life can help you psychologically.

Dr. James Pennebaker, a professor at Austin Texas University discovered that students who wrote for just fifteen minutes a day over three days about difficult or emotional experiences had a better level of well-being. He found that going through the process was upsetting for them, but it was the new insights the students discovered through the process of writing, that led to their improved levels of psychological health.

16. Take Care

As with memoir, if you feel that it is too much to write any subject matter, always take a break and come back to it (or not). Your mental health and general well-being are always more important than a book.

17. Know Your Why

Make sure that you don’t add topics or incidents simply to vent about them. Instead, get all your feelings out about it during your first draft, and then start with a fresh perspective. If your writing is only about venting, it will not interest the reader. You may come across as petty or whiny.

Instead, you will want to make sure you can see the benefit of sharing your experiences with people. When you truly know how to write an autobiography, it should empower and enlighten people and help them connect to your story, rather than reading like an unfinished diary entry. It is perfectly acceptable for it to start out that way. But by the end of your writing process, you should be confident in the purpose of why you are writing your book, and what kind of impact it will have on its readers.

Knowing why you are writing will keep you on the right track, and help you like a compass in the storm, when you are lost.

18. Tone of Voice

An important aspect of telling your story will be your narrative style and tone of voice. This completely depends upon who you are writing for and the purpose of your book.

If you are writing for your grandchildren, for example, you may use more simplistic language. If you are writing for a broader audience, then you may use a more neutral tone. Writing for friends? You might want to use more familial or colloquial terms.

This also depends a lot on what kind of person you are, and you will want your attitude and personality to be reflected in your writing. This should happen naturally, but don’t be afraid to write as if you are talking or to use a recording device and write up your account of each chapter afterward.

Pro tip: Relax. You won’t find your tone of voice by constantly thinking about how you might come across. Just write as you think and your natural expression will do the rest.

19. First or Third Person?

You can experiment with viewpoints as you go along, but once you have chosen, you will want to stick with it. The third person gives us the feeling it has been written by someone else. So, if you are employing a ghostwriter or are working on a fictional work, then this is a good way to go.

First-person is the generally accepted viewpoint for most autobiographies, because it is your story, and you are the one writing it.

20. Conflict

As you recall the people in your life, adding in any conflicts, even if they are comical, will add to the richness of the book. Conflict drives drama, intrigue, and interest. And that’s what you want, if you want your book read, that is.

21. Story Arc

The hero’s journey

The hero’s journey. Source: wildgratitude.com

One of the most critical components of writing an autobiography is the story arc. Like most genres of story, autobiography is no exception and will need some sort of an all-encompassing story arc. This is one of the main challenges you may face while writing this kind of book.

It simply can’t be a long list of events and then an ending. They have to all meld together cohesively in order to have some sort of an impact on your reader.

A story arc gives writers a structure, in which our main character aims to do something, and then either manages (or doesn’t) to achieve it. There are normally many obstacles in the protagonist’s way, and they must overcome them. Simply put, our main character must get from A to B. And you will need to decide at some point, what your start and end points in the story will be.

This ties into your overall message in the book. The great thing about autobiography is that it basically tells your reader who you are as a person.

You can start by making a note of your core beliefs and who you feel you are as a person before you begin. But don’t be surprised if, as you write, you reveal a value you hold that you had never especially acknowledged. This is a true gift to the reader, to leave them with your wisdom or knowledge.

Your philosophy can play a big role in the book, as it has likely led you to make certain decisions and can be featured and interlaced with certain events when your process of decision-making was integral to the direction of your life.

22. Comedy and Funny Anecdotes

While you don’t want to overdo it on the comedy (unless it is a comedic autobiography, in which case, carry on!) a little comic relief can work wonders in this genre. It can lighten the mood and even make sad moments even more poignant. Funny stories specific to your family can add to the color of your characters, so they don’t fall flat .

23. Where to Begin?

Think about when you might want to start your story. The logical point to start is from birth, but as your writing evolves over time, you may change your mind. You may want to add some perspective about your life from before you were even born. Your heritage may also be a large influence on who you are as a person today.

Once you have written a full first draft, you can consider changing around the order. Editing in this way can make for a more dynamic and varied read. If placed in the right way, you can even add in a plot twist or add to the suspense of your book.

24. Consider Your Reader

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25. How to Make Events More Colorful

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  • 1. Keep a notebook with you at all times for when you remember particular details about a person or place. Details will always give your story more originality and color.
  • 2. Show don’t tell – this is always relevant to any kind of writing and autobiography is no exception. Try adding in things you saw, smelt, tasted, or touched within the scene. Avoid making a statement and describe what happened in the moment, instead.
  • 3. Add metaphor or simile- when describing a character or a vivid memory, don’t just describe how it looked on the surface. Unless this is not at all your writing style, you can enjoy emphasizing how something made you feel through descriptions that include metaphor. (use ext link for how to use a metaphor) For example, ‘she was as fit as a fiddle’.
  • 4. Avoid common descriptive words – words such as ‘nice’ and ‘good’ should be considered with great caution once you have reached the third draft of your book.

26. Consider Your Reader

An important part of knowing how to write an autobiography is having an awareness of the reader throughout the entire manuscript. This is not only a book for you. So don’t rest on your laurels.

This can especially be a risk if you are writing only for friends or family. Just because someone knows you, it doesn’t mean your story will automatically become interesting to them. It will likely make it more interesting than if you were a random passerby, true. But this is not something to take for granted.

Many new writers are tempted to leave in every detail of their lives. But longer doesn’t always equal better – often it means that you simply haven’t cut out the parts that aren’t needed. So make sure you have your ego in check – don’t make your book too long just for the sake of it. Just because it’s interesting to you, does not mean every reader will want to know about it – family and friends included.

The average autobiography is around 75,000 words long. Much shorter than 60,000 and you might want to find other sources to write about, and any longer than 100,000, you might want to cut it down a bit.

28. Consider Privacy/Confidentiality

Much like a memoir, an autobiography includes characters who are real people. This means that some might be negatively affected by your work. So make sure to talk to those involved and to have an attorney at hand, just in case.

If you are unsure about leaving in their real name, it is best to give their character a pseudonym.

29. Editing

Both editing your book and getting it proofread will make or break it.

That means that you will want to find a professional editor to work with, who knows what she or he is doing. Ideally, you will want to find someone who is experienced in editing autobiographies or memoirs. Check that you have similar values and that you are both clear on what you are going to be working on before you start.

30. Proofreading

Make sure that all your hard work shows. You can have a strong storyline and everything else in place, but if there’s a typo on the front cover, there is no way you will be taken seriously.

So, ask friends to check over your manuscript, or better yet, employ a few proofreaders to check it over for you. Don’t use the same editor to proofread, as they will find it more challenging to spot minute mistakes by the time they have reread the story more than once. A fresh pair of eyes will likely do a better job.

31. Autobiographies on the Shelf

The autobiographies in our bookshops today, you will notice, are mostly written by celebrities. This is because they often have interesting lives that we want to read about. They include incidents that we could never have access to otherwise, in our day-to-day lives.

And that’s what makes them so appealing.

Most people are not so interested in other’s lives unless they have done something extraordinary. So if you’re thinking of writing something purely to try and get it sold, then you might want to rethink the genre you are writing in. We’re not saying it doesn’t happen that unknown authors sell a lot of autobiographies. It does. It’s just a lot less likely.

But don’t be dismayed, this is only a problem if that is the only reason you are writing your book. If it is because you feel impassioned to do so, then that is all the reason you need.

If it is for your friends and family to read, then you need not worry about big sales or landing a large publisher. It is so easy to self-publish these days on a relatively small budget, that you are pretty much guaranteed to achieve your aim.

If you are looking for a book deal, then you might be hard-pushed, if you can’t say your life has an original element to it at all. If this is the case, consider writing a memoir , instead. There are many more memoirs written by ordinary people with extraordinary stories, than autobiographies. Because people love to hear about how ordinary people overcame the odds.

No matter what your reason, if you believe in your book enough to start writing the first page, then don’t let anyone stop you from writing the book inside of you.

So there you have it. Hopefully, you will now feel confident about how to write an autobiography and ready to start. All it takes, is putting pen to paper.

 Conclusion

Writing an autobiography is a profound way to share your life story, capturing the essence of your personal experiences, family history, and life lessons for future generations. By detailing major life events and highlighting the roles played by various family members, you weave a narrative that showcases the intricate tapestry of a person’s life story. Following a structured approach, such as the 31 steps outlined in this guide, ensures that your autobiography is not only comprehensive but also engaging, making it a good story that resonates with readers. This reflective process allows you to chronicle your life journey in a way that honors your past, informs the present, and inspires those who will come after you.

 The following are some frequently asked questions about writing an autobiography:

How to write an autobiography step by step?

To write an autobiography step by step, start by outlining major life events and gathering materials like photos and mementos. Choose a central theme and create an outline to structure your story. Begin with a strong opening and write in a conversational tone, incorporating vivid details and key events to highlight life lessons. Include family history to enrich the narrative and reflect on your life journey. Edit and revise for clarity, seek feedback, and finalize your manuscript for publishing.

What is the format to write an autobiography?

The format of writing an autobiography involves starting with an engaging introduction that provides background information, followed by chronological chapters detailing major life events and experiences. Each chapter should focus on a specific period or theme, incorporating vivid descriptions and personal reflections. The conclusion should reflect on your overall journey and its impact on your present and future.

How do I start an autobiography about myself?

To start an autobiography about yourself, begin with a compelling anecdote or significant memory that captures your personality and sets the stage for your story. Provide brief background information and explain why you’re writing your autobiography.

How to write an autobiography for class 7?

To write an autobiography for class 7, jot down important events in your life, pick a theme, and write clearly using simple language. Add emotions and maybe some pictures for interest. Edit for clarity.

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Autobiography Examples

40 autobiography examples (autobiographical essay templates).

Writing an autobiography template isn’t an easy undertaking. When written, there will be as many life stories as there are people. What will make an autobiographical essay stand out are the essential topics.

Those which will make it unique among the rest, sorting out the most significant events in one’s life and writing about them are difficult. There is an abundance of experiences to choose from.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Autobiography Examples
  • 2 Formats for autobiography examples
  • 3 Autobiography Samples
  • 4.1 Map out your whole life
  • 4.2 Creating your narrative
  • 5 Autobiographical Essay Templates
  • 6.1 Edit your information first
  • 6.2 Publishing your autobiography

Fortunately, there are plenty of innovative and well-thought-out autobiography samples that are available. They can assist you in organizing your thoughts to come up with a great autobiography. These samples can save you valuable time, especially on how to start an autobiography. Check out our extra 40 biography templates

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Formats for autobiography examples

As mentioned earlier, there could be as many life stories out there as there people. Each life story is unique; no two can be the same. It will be up to the writer to make his autobiography stand out.

The presentation of ideas will be an integral factor. Using the right strategies and format to make the writer more creative are necessary. As we all know, an autobiography is an account of a person’s life and it’s written by that person. Find out a suitable autobiography example to take reference from.

The reasons for writing an autobiographical essay differ from person to person. The main point of the writer’s exercise is to convey his life events using words. Autobiography samples will make it easy for the writer to organize thoughts.

To get you started, learn first the following types of written works:

  • Dramas or scripts Usually presented on stage or screen as the venue, this type is in script formats.
  • Graphic novels This new genre of novels is unique in the sense that they use drawn panels to convey a true story. Simply said, it’s a novel in comic-strip format. They tell stories through pictures and words.
  • Memoirs This type limits the information you will present. It’s an account written from personal knowledge or special sources. Its main focus is on specific moments in one’s life. Those which could either are historical, religious, philosophical, adversity, coming-of-age, and more.
  • Personal narratives or essays This type is shorter than a memoir. Its narratives focus on a single event in time. It expands that moment’s experience through conversations and imagery. These types are usually seen in classrooms, magazines or written by internet bloggers.
  • Traditional autobiographies This type usually covers the events of the writer’s life from birth to the present moment.
  • Vignettes This type covers just one particular occurrence at a time. It’s a brief evocative description, account or episode. You can even call it a lone chapter in a compilation of vignettes. You can have it published as a complete piece of work. Bear in mind, though, that each chapter in the collection is not directly related to the others.

Autobiography Samples

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How to start an autobiography

Interesting lives make for good autobiographies. When we say interesting, it means the person lived a life full of fascinating experiences. Those he can and should share with others.

A good trick when writing your autobiography example is to think of it just like any other story, a good one at that. There’s always the protagonist, a central plot, and a number of compelling characters. All these will keep the reader’s attention.

Before venturing for an autobiography sample, think of an important event in your life and build your story on that. There is a writing craft or a technique that can make your story come to life. Read on and make your writing sing!

Map out your whole life

It wouldn’t be so hard to map out your timeline; after all, you have lived it. Before anything else, conduct a study on your life. Make a timeline to ensure you will include the important details, both events, and dates.

This will provide you a basis to work on. Don’t inhibit yourself from writing down all you can recall. Don’t underestimate the importance of each event.

  • Autobiographies needn’t always start with your birth Include a brief history of your ancestors if relevant. Introducing your family’s history can make readers relate. They can understand how you evolved into who you are at this moment.
  • Identify your main characters Make them interesting and compelling, either he/she be friend or foe. Be sure they help in moving the story along. Obviously, an autobiography sample will mention your parents. Also, include your spouse, friends, and relatives. But think past your family and friends. Search for those characters that have directly influenced your life. They should play their roles in your life story.
  • Include the best stories Your life is a collection of short stories and anecdotes. Each day, each struggle could be in itself a chapter. But there would be too many of them to contain in a book. Choose the best stories you can remember that have influenced you. Begin your manuscript with these chosen stories. Weave them together to create a picture of your life.
  • Write using your own voice Most people like reading autobiographies to experience what it’s like to be the writer. Being yourself when writing your story is a great way to maintain the reader’s attention. Remember, you are writing about yourself and your life experiences. Stiff and formal writing is for college essays . It won’t and can’t totally engage your readers.
  • Reveal things about your life You can reveal the truth about yourself without having to be too explicit. Write down the good as well as the bad experiences. This will make the reader feel the human side of you. You can write about your accomplishments but you also need to write the flaws that have made you what you are. Readers should empathize with you and may even cheer for you as the story progresses.
  • Show your weaknesses too You may have pitfalls in life but will still remain a protagonist. Write about your mistakes and the times that you have failed in some struggles. Writing too much about your positive side may even turn off some of your readers.

Creating your narrative

One, or perhaps the most important element of an autobiographical essay, is the plot. Not just a plot but a great one that could hold your readers spellbound. When you’ve gathered the material to work with, it’s time to create a fascinating story that would end with a climax as well as final resolutions.

Autobiographical Essay Templates

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Craft your story by organizing your memoirs and anecdotes in an autobiography example. Keep in mind that these are coherent to your plot and should flow logically together. There should be a central conflict in your narrative.

It can involve an eventful experience in your life that took you years to conquer.

  • Build the suspense and tension to make it interesting Organize your plot in such as a way that every story would veer towards the conflict’s climax. Make it your goal to include anecdotes on your initial successes and failures. Readers love underdogs. Build on that.
  • Think about your climax Every story will have to end as the protagonist will deal with the conflict. You have read novels and seen movies. You should know what a climax is. You should also know that it’s very important.
  • Also, think about the resolution Autobiographies usually end with happy endings. If for some reason your story’s ending isn’t happy, just make sure that it’s profoundly satisfying. You might have lost the race but the wisdom you gain from the experience will be compensation enough.
  • Determine where to start your story Most autobiographies start with birth and end with the present. But many successful writers have resorted to mixing up their chronology. This makes the narration more interesting. If you’re bold enough, try doing this.
  • Weave in your themes Try to remember major themes in your life. Use them to link stories together by connecting the past with the now. Apart from a central conflict, there are themes that have followed us all through life. Use these themes as often as you can to form a consistent depiction of your story.
  • Reflect on the content of your autobiography template You surely have learned many lessons during the course of your life. It would be nice to relay your desires, intentions, feelings of joy and loss, and more you’ve gained in your life. You can include these lessons intermittently throughout the story. Reflect on these important experiences and what they have meant to you. This is a great way you can add profundity to your life story.
  • Add structure to your book by using chapters The use of chapters will permit you transition from talking about specific times in your life. We’ve all heard the expressions, “closed a chapter” and “opening a new chapter” in life. These are very applicable to autobiography samples and autobiography examples.

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Creating and publishing your autobiography

After you’ve written everything, subject your work to several processes. Do this to make sure that its contents are true and accurate. Be sure to comply with all the rules of writing to avoid any problems that may arise later.

First, does a substance check. Second, do forms check? Here are some tips for you:

Edit your information first

  • Your facts should be completely accurate Double check or even triple if you have the time. Check the names, event descriptions, dates, and other things. Everything in your story should be accurate. Wrong facts will certainly get noticed at one time or another by people acquainted with you.
  • Ask permission from those you mention in your book You may name names or quote quotes from sources. In this case, make certain they’ve granted permission. Many don’t appreciate the thought of appearing in an autobiography. Respect that. If the character is central to the plot, describe them differently or change their names.
  • Go through your draft and edit if needed After you’ve finished the initial draft, go through your life story again. Comb through it by double checking your data. Reorganize the paragraphs, passages, and characters if necessary. Check your vocabulary and replace tedious words. Make your phrases more clear and compelling. And lastly, check your grammar and spelling.
  • Let other people read your work An outside or second opinion will be necessary to make sure that your work would appeal to all. You may find passages in your book that are funny or serious but would be mundane or even offensive to others. Present your work to as many close acquaintances and listen to their feedback. This will make sure that your thoughts will come across clearly with other people.
  • Hire a copy editor The job of a copy editor is to clean up your work and make those boring parts shine. Almost all writers seek the services of copy editors. Being a beginner, take a hint by seeking their help as well. Hire a seasoned copy editor to make sure that your book will have that professional polish.
  • Think of your title Think of a title that is intriguing and attention-grabbing. A simple and short title for your autobiography can be “My Autobiography”. If you find it too direct and common, choose something more unique.

Publishing your autobiography

Some people try self-publishing their books. That means they will have their finished work printed but only for themselves. It would also be appropriate to present your work to persons you mentioned in your book.

There are companies that can handle your book design, printing, and even shipping services. But if you want to go public on publishing your autobiography, the sensible thing to do is hire a literary agent.

He will send a query letter to research agents who work frequently with autobiographies. The query will contain information about your autobiography. It will also contain information about the author and how you want to market the book.

You can also send the query letter yourself directly to the publisher and wait. Depending on your query letter, he might get interested. Don’t send them your manuscript all at once. Send it when you get a request for your manuscript.

You can also try publishing your work online. This new alternative method is increasingly getting popular. It doesn’t involve expenses for printing and shipping. Search for online publishers and send them a query letter.

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How To Write an Autobiography 2024 (Tips, Templates, & Guide)

Your life story has value, merit, and significance. You want to share it with the world, but maybe you don’t know how .

Here’s how to write an autobiography:

Write an autobiography by creating a list of the most important moments, people, and places in your life. Gather photos, videos, letters, and notes about these experiences. Then, use an outline, templates, sentence starters, and questions to help you write your autobiography .

In this article, you are going to learn the fastest method for writing your autobiography.

We are going to cover everything you need to know with examples and a free, downloadable, done-for-you template.

What Is an Autobiography?

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Before you can write an autobiography, you must first know the definition.

An autobiography is the story of your life, written by you. It covers the full span of your life (at least, up until now), hitting on the most significant moments, people and events.

When you write your autobiography, you write an intimate account of your life.

What Should I Include In an Autobiography?

If you are scratching your head, baffled about what to include in your autobiography, you are not alone.

After all, a big part of how to write an autobiography is knowing what to put in and what to leave out of your life story. Do you focus on every detail?

Every person? Won’t your autobiography be too long?

A good way to think about how to write an autobiography is to use the Movie Trailer Method.

What do movie trailers include?

  • High emotional moments
  • The big events
  • The most important characters

When you plan, organize, and write your autobiography, keep the Movie Trailer Method in mind. You can even watch a bunch of free movie trailers on YouTube for examples of how to write an autobiography using the Movie Trailer Method.

When wondering what to include in your autobiography, focus on what would make the cut for a movie trailer of your life:

  • Most important people (like family, friends, mentors, coaches, etc.)
  • Significant events (like your origin story, vacations, graduations, life turning points, life lessons)
  • Emotional moments (When you were homeless, when you battled a life-threatening condition, or when you fell in love)
  • Drama or suspense (Did you make it into Harvard? Did your first surgery go well? Did your baby survive?)

Autobiography Structure Secrets

Like any compelling story, a well-structured autobiography often follows a pattern that creates a logical flow and captures readers’ attention.

Traditionally, autobiographies begin with early memories, detailing the writer’s childhood, family background, and the events or people that shaped their formative years.

From here, the narrative typically progresses chronologically, covering major life events like schooling, friendships, challenges, achievements, career milestones, and personal relationships.

It’s essential to weave these events with introspective insights.

This allows readers to understand not just the what, but also the why behind the author’s choices and experiences.

Towards the end, an effective autobiography often includes reflections on lessons learned, changes in perspective over time, and the wisdom acquired along life’s journey.

Example of the Structure:

  • Introduction: A gripping event or anecdote that gives readers a hint of what to expect. It could be a pivotal moment or challenge that defines the essence of the story.
  • Childhood and Early Memories: Recounting family dynamics, birthplace, cultural background, and memorable incidents from early years.
  • Adolescence and Discovering Identity: Experiences during teenage years, challenges faced, friendships formed, and personal evolutions.
  • Pursuits and Passions: Describing education, early career choices, or any particular hobby or skill that played a significant role in the author’s life.
  • Major Life Events and Challenges: Chronicles of marriage, parenthood, career shifts, or any significant setbacks and how they were overcome.
  • Achievements and Milestones: Celebrating major accomplishments and recounting the journey to achieving them.
  • Reflections and Wisdom: Sharing life lessons, changes in beliefs or values over time, and offering insights gained from lived experiences.
  • Conclusion: Summarizing the journey, contemplating on the present state, and sharing hopes or aspirations for the future.

How To Write an Autobiography Quickly: Strategies & Templates

Want the quickest way to organize and write your autobiography in record time? You can literally write your autobiography in 7 days or less with this method.

The secret is to use done-for-you templates.

I have personally designed and collected a series of templates to take you from a blank page to a fully complete Autobiography. I call this the How to Write an Autobiography Blueprint.

And it’s completely free to download right from this article. 🙂

In the How to Write an Autobiography Blueprint, you get:

  • The Autobiography Questions Template
  • The Autobiography Brainstorm Templates
  • The Autobiography Outline Template

Here is an image of it so that you know exactly what you get when you download it:

Autobiography Blueprint

How To Write an Autobiography: Step-by-Step

When you sit down to write an autobiography, it’s helpful to have a step-by-step blueprint to follow.

You already have the done-for-you templates that you can use to organize and write an autobiography faster than ever before. Now here’s a complete step-by-step guide on how to maximize your template.

  • Brainstorm Ideas
  • Order your sections (from medium to high interest)
  • Order the ideas in each section (from medium to high interest)
  • Write three questions to answer in each section
  • Choose a starter sentence
  • Complete a title template
  • Write each section of your by completing the starter sentence and answering all three questions

Brainstorm Your Autobiography

The first step in writing your autobiography is to brainstorm.

Give yourself time and space to write down the most significant people, events, lessons, and experiences in your life. The templates in the How to Write an Autobiography Blueprint provide sections for you to write down your brainstormed ideas.

How to Brainstorm Your Autobiography

This will help you organize your ideas into what will become the major sections of your book.

These will be:

  • Y our most significant events and experiences.
  • The people who impacted you the most.
  • The challenges you have overcome.
  • Your achievements and successes.
  • The lessons you have learned.

The “other” sections on the second page of the Brainstorm template is for creating your own sections or to give you more space for the sections I provided in case you run out of space.

As I brainstorm, I find asking myself specific questions really activates my imagination.

So I have compiled a list of compelling questions to help you get ideas down on paper or on your screen.

How to Write an Autobiography: Top 10 Questions

Order Your Sections (From Medium to High Interest)

The next step is to order your main sections.

The main sections are the five (or more) sections from your Brainstorm templates (Significant events, significant people, life lessons, challenges, successes, other, etc). This order will become the outline and chapters for your book.

How do you decide what comes first, second or third?

I recommend placing the sections in order of interest. Ask yourself, “What’s the most fascinating part of my life?”

If it’s a person, then write the name of that section (Significant People) on the last line in the How to Write an Autobiography Outline Template. If it’s an experience, place the name of that section (Significant Events) on the last line.

For example, if you met the Pope, you might want to end with that nugget from your life. If you spent three weeks lost at sea and survived on a desert island by spearfishing, that is your ending point.

Then complete the Outline by placing the remaining sections in order of interest. You can work your way backward from high interest to medium interest.

If you are wondering why I say “medium to high interest” instead of “low to high interest” it is because there should be no “low interest” parts of your autobiography.

But wait, what if you met the Pope AND spent three weeks lost at sea? How do you choose which one comes first or last?

First of all, I want to read this book! Second, when in doubt, default to chronological order. Whatever event happened first, start there.

Here is an example of how it might look:

Autobiography Example

Order The Ideas in Each Section (From Medium To High Interest)

Now, organize the ideas inside of each section. Again, order the ideas from medium to high interest).

Within your “Significant People” section, decide who you want to talk about first, second, third, etc. You can organize by chronological order (who you met first) but I recommend building to the most interesting or most significant person.

This creates a more compelling read.

Keep in mind that the most significant person might not be the most well-known, most famous, or most popular. The most significant person might be your family member, friend, partner, or child.

It comes down to who shaped your life the most.

So, if your “significant people list” includes your dad, a famous social media influencer, and Mike Tyson, your dad might come last because he had the biggest significance in your life.

Write Three Questions to Answer in Each Section

Ok, you’ve done the heavy lifting already. You have the major sections organized and outlined.

Next on your autobiography to-do list is to choose and write down three questions you are going to answer in each section. You can write your questions down in the provided “boxes” for each section on the template outline (or on another piece of paper.

This is easier than it might seem.

Simply choose one of the sample autobiography questions below or create your own:

  • Why did I choose this person/event?
  • What does this person/event mean to me?
  • How did I meet this person?
  • Where did it happen?
  • When did it happen?
  • Why did it happen?
  • How did it happen?
  • What is the most interesting part?
  • How did I feel about this person or event?
  • How do I feel now?
  • Why does this person or event matters to me?
  • How did this person or event change my life?
  • What is the most challenging part?
  • How did I fail?
  • How did I succeed?
  • What did I learn?

Questions are the perfect way to write quickly and clearly. I LOVE writing to questions. It’s how I write these blog posts and articles.

Choose a Starter Sentence

Sometimes the hardest part of any project is knowing how to start.

Even though we know we can always go back and edit our beginnings, so many of us become paralyzed with indecision at the starting gate.

That’s why I provided sample starter sentences in your How to Write an Autobiography Blueprint.

Here are the story starters:

  • I began writing this book when…
  • Of all the experiences in my life, this one was the most…
  • I’ve been a…
  • My name is…
  • Growing up in…
  • It wasn’t even a…
  • It all started when…
  • I first…
  • I was born…

Keep in mind that you do not need to begin your book with one of these story starters. I provide them simply to get you going.

The key is to not get bogged down in this, or any, part of writing your autobiography. Get organized and then get writing.

Complete a Title Template

At the top of the How to Write an Autobiography Outline is a place for you to write your book title.

Some authors struggle forever with a title. And that’s ok. What’s not ok is getting stuck. What’s not ok is if coming up with your title prevents you from finishing your book.

So, I provided a few title templates to help juice your creativity.

Just like the story starters, you do not need to use these title templates, but you certainly can. All you need to do is fill in the title templates below and then write your favorite one (for now) at the top of your outline. Presto! You have your working title.

You can always go back and change it later.

How to Write an Autobiography Title templates:

  • [Your Name]: [Phrase or Tag Line]
  • The [Your Last Name] Files
  • Born [Activity]: A [Career]’s Life
  • The Perfect [Noun]: The Remarkable Life of [Your Name]

Examples using the Templates:

  • Christopher Kokoski: Blog Until You Drop
  • The Kokoski Files
  • Born Writing: A Blogger’s Life
  • The Perfect Freelancer: The Remarkable Life of Christopher Kokoski

Write Your Autobiography

You have your outline. You have your title, templates, and sentence starters. All that is left to do is write your autobiography.

However, you can use tools like Jasper AI and a few other cool tricks to craft the most riveting book possible.

This is the easy way to remarkable writing.

Check out this short video that goes over the basics of how to write an autobiography:

How To Write an Autobiography (All the Best Tips)

Now that you are poised and ready to dash out your first draft, keep the following pro tips in mind:

  • Be vulnerable. The best autobiographies share flaws, faults, foibles, and faux pas. Let readers in on the real you.
  • Skip the boring parts. There is no need to detail every meal, car ride, or a gripping trip to the grocery store. Unless you ran into the Russian Mafia near the vegetables or the grocery store is perched on the side of a mountain above the jungles of Brazil.
  • Keep your autobiography character-driven . This is the story of YOU!
  • Be kind to others (or don’t). When writing about others in your story, keep in mind that there may be fallout or backlash from your book.
  • Consider a theme: Many autobiographies are organized by theme. A perfect example is Becoming . Each section of the book includes “becoming” in the title. Themes connect and elevate each part of the autobiography.
  • Write your story in vignettes (or scenes). Each vignette is a mini-story with a beginning, middle, and end. Each vignette builds. Each vignette should be described in rich sensory language that shows the reader the experience instead of telling the reader about the experience. Each vignette is immersive, immediate, and intimate.
  • Include snippets of dialogue. Use quotation marks just like in fiction. Show the dialogue in brief back-and-forth tennis matches of conversation. Remember to leave the boring parts out!
  • Choose a consistent tone. Some autobiographies are funny like Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. Others are serious such as Open by Andre Agassi. Your story (like most stories) will likely include a mix of emotions but choose an overall tone and stick with it.
  • Don’t chronicle, captivate . Always think about how to make each section, each chapter, each page, each paragraph, and each sentence more compelling. You want to tell the truth, but HOW you tell the truth is up to you. Create suspense, conflict, and mystery. Let drama linger until it becomes uncomfortable. Don’t solve problems quickly or take away tension right away.

How Do I Format an Autobiography?

Most autobiographies are written in the first person (using the pronouns I, me, we, and us).

Your autobiography is written about you so write as yourself instead of pretending to be writing about someone else.

Most autobiographies are also written in chronological order, from birth right up to your current age, with all the boring parts left out. That doesn’t mean you can’t play around with the timeline.

Sometimes it’s more interesting to start at a high moment, backtrack to the beginning and show how you got to that high moment.

Whatever format you choose, be intentional, and make the choice based on making the most compelling experience possible for your readers.

How Long Should an Autobiography Be?

There are no rules to how long an autobiography should be but a rough guideline is to aim for between 200 and 400 pages.

This will keep your book in line with what most readers expect for books in general, and will help get your book traditionally published or help with marketing your self-published book.

How To Write a Short Autobiography

You write a short autobiography the same way that you write a long autobiography.

You simply leave more out of the story.

You cut everything down to the bones. Or you choose a slice of your life as you do in a memoir. This often means limiting the people in your book, reducing the events and experiences, and shrinking your story to a few pivotal moments in your life.

How To Start an Autobiography

The truth is that you can start your autobiography in any number of ways.

Here are four common ways to begin an autobiography.

  • Start at the beginning (of your life, career or relationship, etc.)
  • Start at a high moment of drama or interest.
  • Start at the end of the story and work backward
  • Start with why you wrote the book.

Good Autobiography Titles

If you are still stuck on titling your autobiography, consider going to Amazon to browse published works. You can even just Google “autobiographies.”

When you read the titles of 10, 20, or 50 other autobiographies, you will start to see patterns or get ideas for your own titles. (HINT: the title templates in the Autobiography Blueprint were reverse-engineered from popular published books.

Also, check out the titles of the full autobiography examples below that I have included right here in this article.

Types of Autobiographies

There are several different kinds of autobiographies.

Each one requires a similar but slightly nuanced approach to write effectively. The lessons in this article will serve as a great starting point.

Autobiography Types:

  • Autobiography for School
  • Autobiography Novel
  • Autobiography for a Job
  • Short Autobiography
  • Autobiography for Kids

Therefore, there is actually not just one way to write an autobiography.

Memoir vs. Autobiography: Are They The Same?

It’s common to feel confused about a memoir and an autobiography. I used to think they were the same thing.

But, nope, they’re not.

They are pretty similar, which is the reason for all the confusion. A memoir is the story of one part of your life. An autobiography is the story of your full life (up until now).

What Is the Difference Between an Autobiography and a Biography?

An autobiography is when you write about your own life. A biography, on the other hand, is when you write the story of someone else’s life.

So, if I write a book about the life of the President, that’s a biography.

If the President writes a story about his or her own life, that’s an autobiography.

What Not To Include In an Autobiography

Autobiographies are meant to be a snapshot of our lives that we can share with others, but there are some things that are best left out.

Here are three things you should avoid including in your autobiography:

1) Anything That Readers Will Skip

Your life may not be filled with non-stop excitement, but that doesn’t mean you need to include every mundane detail in your autobiography.

Stick to the highlights and leave out the low points.

2) Character Attacks on Others

It’s okay to discuss conflicts you’ve had with others, but don’t use your autobiography as a platform to attack someone’s character.

Keep it civil and focus on your own experiences and how they’ve affected you.

3) Skipping Highlights

Just because something embarrassing or painful happened to you doesn’t mean you should gloss over it in your autobiography.

These are the moments that shape us and make us who we are today, so don’t skip past them just because they’re uncomfortable.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your autobiography is interesting, honest, and engaging.

How To Write an Autobiography: Autobiography Examples

I have always found examples to be extremely instructive. Especially complete examples of finished products. In this case, books.

Below you will find examples of published autobiographies for adults and for kids. These examples will guide you, motivate you and inspire you to complete your own life story.

They are listed here as examples, not as endorsements, although I think they are all very good.

The point is that you don’t have to agree with anything written in the books to learn from them.

Autobiography Examples for Adults

  • A Promised Land (Autobiography of Barack Obama)
  • If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won’t) (Betty White)
  • It’s a Long Story: My Life (Willie Nelson)
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography (Rob Lowe)
  • Becoming (Michelle Obama)

Autobiography Examples for Kids

  • This Kid Can Fly: It’s About Ability (NOT Disability) (Aaron Philips)
  • Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid (Mikaila Ulmer)

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[ aw-t uh -bahy- og -r uh -fee , -bee- , aw-toh- ]

  • a history of a person's life written or told by that person.

/ ˌɔːtəʊbaɪˈɒɡrəfɪ; ˌɔːtəbaɪ- /

  • an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
  • A literary work about the writer's own life. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa are autobiographical.

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How to Write an Autobiography: The Story of Your Life

Anyone who’s lived a long, interesting life (as many of us have in one way or another!) may dream of someday turning their life into a book. However, the practicalities of how to write an autobiography can be daunting — especially to those who don’t have much writing experience.

If you feel ready to write your autobiography but aren’t sure where to start, this guide will take you from opening lines to (hopefully) publishing your autobiography for all the world to read.

1. Understand what an autobiography entails

When asked to picture an autobiography, you might think of a celebrity tell-all or political memoir. This isn’t inaccurate ; a memoir would definitely fall under the autobiography umbrella. But to be really precise, there are a few key differences between memoirs and autobiographies:

  • Memoirs tend to be more thematic and focus on a  central narrative (similar to a novel), whereas an autobiography is highly factual and reads more like “classic” nonfiction.
  • Memoirs focus on a specific period or theme in a person’s life, while autobiographies aim to give a complete, chronological picture.
  • Lastly, many memoirs are written while the writer is still young. An autobiography, though, should be written later in one’s life — at a point where one’s life story can be told comprehensively.

An autobiography is also different from a biography in that it is always narrated by the subject. Note that we’ve said “narrated” instead of “written” because, indeed, many autobiographies are created with the help of ghostwriters!

Ghostwritten autobiographies aren’t just for celebrities, either. People from all walks of life work with ghostwriters to record their stories or simply guide them through the process.

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Should you write a memoir or an autobiography?

In other words, if you’re still young (be honest here!), and/or if the book you want to write is more a series of vignettes revolving around a central theme, you may have a memoir on your hands. If that’s the case, check out our guide to how to write a memoir for more tailored advice.

But if you’ve already lived a long, interesting life — one that you feel prepared to share chronologically and completely — then an autobiography is the medium for you.

2. Outline your life's main “beats”

You might think you don’t need to be too picky about what to include in your autobiography since it’s supposed to be a “complete” account — and you’d be mostly right! That said, even in a fairly exhaustive autobiography, it’s still useful to identify the key “beats” before you begin.

What should you include in an autobiography?

While each person’s autobiography will be unique to them, readers expect certain “beats” to be covered. To get the ball rolling, here’s a list of classic autobiographical beats to hit:

  • 🐣 Your birth and family background – possibly including how your parents met, where they were living at the time of your birth, whether you have any siblings, etc.
  • 📚  Your early days at school – including the friends you made (whether long-lasting or not), your academic achievements (and failures), and any critical moments related to your future goals/actions.
  • 🧑🏽‍💻  Your first job – this is often enlightening for readers, particularly if it had some bearing on your later career; whether because you realized that you loved the work or, more likely, that you didn’t want to work your first job forever.
  • 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩  Your first relationship – similar to your first job, this is often a major stepping stone into adulthood and understanding your priorities.
  • Moving house;
  • Having children;
  • Getting promoted;
  • Receiving an award;
  • Traveling somewhere new;
  • Or discovering anything significant about yourself.
  • 💼  Your retirement – if applicable, this will likely be one of the last beats you cover; it might include why you decided to retire, how you are spending your time nowadays, and any plans for the future.

Remember that each beat you include should contribute to a holistic portrait of your life — whether it’s something that shaped your character or lends context to another parallel moment later on.

But not everything will be relevant. There’s no need to include random things that have no bearing on any other event or important element of your life; that said, the lucky thing about memory is that you likely won’t recall most of those things anyway!

Need some help outlining your autobiography? Check out our Biography Outline Template below — while not entirely chronological, it’s a great starting point for any aspiring autobiographical author.

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3. Try to write in chronological order

Having come up with a solid outline, you should now feel (somewhat) prepared to start writing your autobiography… and, ideally, to start writing it in chronological order.

While many books can be drafted non-chronologically, an autobiography is not one of them. This is because each new chapter quite literally builds on the last; this is different even from a memoir, which often skips around in time and leaves out details. The best way to ensure you’re not missing anything is to write your autobiography as chronologically as possible!

How to start an autobiography

On the note of starting your autobiography, it’s pretty straightforward: begin either with your birth or slightly before, e.g., with your parents. Unlike a memoir, which can start in medias res ( in the middle of the action ), an autobiography should start ab ovo , or “from the egg.”

This is one of the biggest benefits of writing chronologically: you always know where to start, and indeed, what should come next. Here are two strong autobiography openings to give a sense of how yours might sound:

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

When I was born, people in our village commiserated with my mother and nobody congratulated my father. I arrived at dawn as the last star blinked out… I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.

Iacocca: An Autobiography by Lee Iacocca and William Novak:

Nicola Iacocca, my father, arrived in this country in 1902 at the age of twelve — poor, alone, and scared. He used to say the only thing he was sure of when he got here was that the world was round. And that was only because another Italian boy named Christopher Columbus had preceded him by 410 years, almost to the day.

Though each opening takes a different tack — Yousafzai’s autobiography begins with her actual birth, while Iacocca’s begins even earlier, with his father’s arrival in America — both serve as effective starts to their respective books and set the tone for what’s to come.

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4. Include plenty of detail

In case we haven’t drilled down on this enough, let’s reiterate once more: an autobiography should be a complete overview of your life from beginning to end. That means that as you get into properly writing it, you should include as much detail as you can remember.

Taking one of our previous suggested beats — “your first job” — as an example, here are a few questions you might ask yourself to recount your memories in more detail:

  • How did you get your first job?
  • What made you want to work there?
  • What was the environment/atmosphere like — physically and emotionally?
  • What was your greatest accomplishment at this job? Your greatest failure?
  • What did you learn from working there? How did it affect your later career?

As you can probably tell from these questions, the natural corollary to the advice of “be detailed!” is to also be honest . Don’t shy away from your failures or regrets — an autobiography without mistakes is not an autobiography, but rather a puff piece.

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Examples of strong biographical detail

For those wondering how to inject detail into their writing, here are two examples from great autobiographies that do exactly that. Each takes a different approach to engage readers — perhaps you can pick up some descriptive techniques to suit your own life story.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

There was no natural light in my cell; a single bulb burned overhead twenty-four hours a day. I did not have a wristwatch and I often thought it was the middle of the night when it was only late afternoon. I had nothing to read, nothing to write on or with, no one to talk to [...] After a time in solitary, I relished the company even of the insects in my cell, and found myself on the verge of initiating conversations with a cockroach.

This passage’s evocative details — the single lightbulb, Mandela’s loss of his internal clock — convey the crushing loneliness of solitary confinement, yet also add levity with the bit about cockroaches.

This give-and-take style may be useful if you, too, are writing an autobiography which includes difficult or traumatic elements. Don’t shy away from the hard parts, but don’t let solemnity overpower your personality and voice!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

When you’re little, a piano can look like it has a thousand keys. You’re staring at an expanse of black and white that stretches farther than two small arms can reach. [...] The keys on Robbie’s piano had a subtle unevenness of color and shape, places where bits of ivory had broken off over time, leaving them looking like a set of bad teeth.

This passage uses sensory details and an intimate tone to draw readers in, describing not just how the piano looks, but how it feels to play. All this makes for a very compelling narrative style — almost like that of a novel. If you want your autobiography to flow this way, try reading more nonfiction in this style (indeed, many memoirs read quite similarly).

📚 Looking for more examples of brilliant biographical writing? Check out this list of The 30 Best Biographies of All Time to inspire you.

5. Do research to fill in the gaps

No matter how carefully you rack your brains, you won’t be able to recall every detail of your life. That’s where research comes in! Here are a couple of things you can do to learn more about yourself and your past.

Interview friends and family

While you’ve likely retained the core of each important life memory, some details will still elude you. For these, you might call on friends, family members, and anyone else who was in your life at the time — interviewing them should help flesh things out in your autobiography.

You might try a few different interview strategies, depending on what you’re hoping to achieve:

  • Ask specific questions based on what you can’t remember/don’t know (e.g. “Whose wedding was that again?” or “Why did Dad quit that job in Pasadena?”);
  • Ask your subject to recount everything they can about an event (e.g. “Tell me how you remember our high school graduation”); or
  • Ask them if they have any key memories of you which they would like to talk about.

The first interview style will be the quickest, but the latter two might yield more interesting results. If you’re prioritizing thoroughness, we’d highly recommend calling up a few old friends or close family members, sitting down, and recording your interview for a few hours.

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Do “traditional" research if needed

Having written as much as you can, and interviewed other people to add their stories, you might still find yourself missing information. If applicable, this is where you could turn to “traditional” research — that is, looking up relevant records and documentation, or even taking a field trip or two to previous neighborhoods.

It’s up to you how far to go with this; just don’t go mad, and try to avoid any rabbit holes that tempt you to write an entirely new book. (Then again, that could always be your next project! Check out our post on how to write a nonfiction book to learn more.)

6. Give your draft a discerning edit

You’ve finally finished a detailed draft — congratulations! Even if you don’t do anything else with your autobiography, your friends and family will be wildly impressed, and your descendants will have a fascinatingly thorough record of your life.

But if you want to publish your autobiography — or even if you suspect it hasn’t turned out quite as expected — you’ll now need to enter the editing stage. There are a few different types of editing to consider for your autobiography, including:

  • Structural editing to heighten the impact of your key beats;
  • Line editing to improve the syntax, flow, and clarity of your sentences; and
  • Fact-checking and proofreading to ensure your book doesn’t contain any errors.

Again, it’s up to you how extensively you want to edit your autobiography. If you’re doing it yourself, we’d suggest going top-to-bottom — first structural editing, then line editing, then proofreading — to avoid unnecessary work. ( Check out this post on how to self-edit your book for key tips!)

And if this all feels overwhelming, you can always work with a professional editor to get your autobiography in tip-top shape . Autobiography and memoir specialists can help turn your work into an Iacocca-worthy masterpiece.

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7. Format and publish your autobiography

Now comes the really fun part, if you so choose it — formatting and publishing your autobiography for everyone to read!

Biography fans out there will know that auto/biographies often contain a selection of personal photos within the text. If you’re envisioning this, it will require specialty formatting; you’ll either need to intersperse photos throughout the text or format your book with a “photo section” in the middle (the more common option).

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You can do this with free book formatting tools like Reedsy Studio . Or if you’re not confident in your formatting abilities, consider hiring a professional typesetter to help !

As for publishing, many autobiographers choose to self-publish their books to get them out as quickly as possible, and to have more control over the process. However, if you’re interested in selling your autobiography to a publisher — a reasonable option if you are a businessperson, and especially if you already have a decent following — we’d suggest this post on how to write a non-fiction query letter to get you started.

Whatever path you take, whether you decide to publish it or not, writing the story of your life is an incredibly enlightening endeavor. If you're interested in novels instead, check out this advice from NYT bestselling author Caroline Leavitt ! We hope this guide has helped you on your journey; indeed, as autobiographical writing teaches us, the journey really is the greatest reward.

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How to Write an Autobiography and Tell Your Life Story

Last Updated: June 6, 2024 Fact Checked

This article was co-authored by Gerald Posner . Gerald Posner is an Author & Journalist based in Miami, Florida. With over 35 years of experience, he specializes in investigative journalism, nonfiction books, and editorials. He holds a law degree from UC College of the Law, San Francisco, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley. He’s the author of thirteen books, including several New York Times bestsellers, the winner of the Florida Book Award for General Nonfiction, and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History. He was also shortlisted for the Best Business Book of 2020 by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. There are 8 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been fact-checked, ensuring the accuracy of any cited facts and confirming the authority of its sources. This article has been viewed 2,292,525 times.

What's your story? Anyone who has lived a full life has something fascinating to share with the world. The trick to writing an autobiography is to treat it like any good story: it should have a protagonist (you), a central conflict, and a cast of fascinating characters to keep people engaged. You may want to think about a certain theme or idea that has been present in your daily life to revolve your story around. Read on to learn how to craft the story of your life and polish your writing to make it sing.

Writing Your Own Autobiography

Begin by contemplating and writing down some important moments in your life, and think about how they're connected to create a cohesive narrative. Start your autobiography with an engaging scene or idea that introduces readers to yourself.

Mapping Out Your Life

Step 1 Write out your...

  • Your autobiography doesn't have to begin with your birth. You may want to include some family history as well. Write down information about your ancestry, your grandparents' lives, your parents' lives, and so on. Having information about your family history will help readers get a sense of how you became the person you are.
  • What happened when you were a teenager? What led you to make the decisions you made?
  • Did you go to college? Write about those transitory years, too.
  • Write about your career, your relationships, your children, and any big life-altering events that occurred.

Step 2 Identify the main characters.

  • Teachers, coaches, mentors, and bosses are extremely influential in people's lives. Decide whether someone who has been a role model (or the opposite) for you will figure into your story.
  • Ex-boyfriends and girlfriends might co-star in some interesting stories.
  • What enemies have you had in life? Your story will be boring if you don't include some conflicts.
  • Offbeat characters such as animals, celebrities you've never met, and even cities are often points of interest in an autobiography.

Step 3 Pull out the best stories.

  • The childhood story. Whether your childhood was happy or traumatic, you should include a few anecdotes that give a picture of who you were and what you experienced at the time. You can tell the story of your childhood by breaking it down into smaller anecdotes that illustrate your personality - your parents' reaction when you brought home a stray dog, the time you climbed out of the window at school and ran away for 3 days, your friendly relationship with a homeless person living in the woods… get creative.
  • The coming of age story. This heady and often sensual period in a human's life is always of interest to readers. Remember that it's not about writing something unique; everyone comes of age. It's about writing something that resonates with readers.
  • The falling in love story. You could also write the opposite of this, the never-finding-love story.
  • The identity crisis story. This usually occurs in the 30s or 40s and is sometimes referred to as a mid-life crisis.
  • The story of facing down some force of evil. Whether it's your battle with addiction, a controlling lover, or a madman who tried to kill your family, you've got to write about conflict you've experienced.

Step 4 Write in your own voice.

  • Write as though you're opening your heart to a trusted friend, in prose that's clear, strong and not too cluttered with vocabulary words you rarely use.
  • Write so that your personality is revealed. Are you funny? Intense? Spiritual? Dramatic? Don't hold back; your personality should come through in the way you tell your story.

Step 5 Be revealing.

  • Don't always cast yourself in a positive light. You can have foibles and still be the protagonist. Reveal mistakes you've made and times when you've failed yourself and other people.
  • Reveal your inner thoughts. Share your opinions and ideas, including those that may spark controversy. Be true to yourself through your autobiography.

Step 6 Capture the spirit of the times.

Crafting a Narrative

Step 1 Create an overarching...

  • What's your central conflict? What's the biggest obstacle life presented that took years to overcome or come to terms with? Maybe it's an illness you were diagnosed with at an early age, a relationship wrought with turmoil, a series of career setbacks, a goal you worked for decades to achieve, or any other number of things. Look to your favorite books and movies for more examples of conflicts.
  • Build tension and suspense. Structure the narrative so that you have a series of stories leading up to the climax of the conflict. If your central conflict is trying to reach the goal of competing in the Olympics for skiing, lead up to it with stories of small successes and plenty of failures. You want your readers to ask, will she make it? Can he do it? What's going to happen next?
  • Have a climax. You'll get to the point in your story when it's time for the conflict to come to a head. The day of the big competition has arrived, a showdown happens with your worst enemy, your gambling habit gets the better of you and you lose all your money - you get the picture.
  • End with a resolution. Most autobiographies have happy endings because the person writing the story lived to tell the tale - and hopefully get it published. Even if your ending isn't cheerful, it should be deeply satisfying. You somehow accomplished your goal or won the day. Even if you lost, you came to terms with it and gained wisdom.

Step 2 Decide where the story is going to start.

  • You could frame the entire autobiography with reflections from the present, telling your story through a series of flashbacks.
  • You could begin the story with a poignant moment from your childhood, go backward to tell the story of your heritage, move forward to your college years, and launch into the story of your career, with anecdotes from your childhood sprinkled in for comic relief.

Step 3 Weave in themes.

  • Consider ending chapters on a poignant or suspenseful note, so people can't wait to start the next one.
  • The beginnings of chapters are a good place to take a bird's eye view of your past, describe the setting of a place, and set the tone for what's to come.

Editing the Book

Step 1 Make sure you get the facts right.

  • You can stretch the truth about your own goals and intentions, but don't include fabricated conversations with real people, or altered versions of events that really happened. Of course, you won't remember everything perfectly, but you should reflect reality as best you can.
  • Get permission to use people's names or quote them if you're including content on what other people said or did. Some people don't appreciate appearing as a character in someone else's autobiography, and you should respect that by altering the way you describe them or changing their names if necessary. [6] X Research source

Step 2 Edit your draft

  • If several people recommend cutting a certain section, strongly consider making the cut.
  • Try to get opinions from people outside your circle of family and friends. People who know you might try to spare your feelings, or they might be biased - especially if they appear in the story.

Step 4 Hire a copyeditor.

  • Bossy Pants , by Tina Fey.
  • My Confession , by Leo Tolstoy.
  • A Long Walk to Freedom , by Nelson Mandela.
  • The Sound of Laughter , by Peter Kay. [7] X Research source

Publishing Your Story

Step 1 Take steps to...

  • If you don't want to pay for a publishing service, you can still create a nice copy of your book by taking it to a copy store and having it printed and bound.

Step 2 Consider finding a literary agent.

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  • Your biography can also include a dedication, foreword, vital statistics, chronology sheets, family tree, and epilogue. Thanks Helpful 7 Not Helpful 0
  • If the purpose of your autobiography is to pass on your story to your heirs, consider including memorabilia (e.g. pictures, heirlooms, medals, mementos, letters, etc.) and putting your story in a scrapbook format. Of course, you may not be able to copy the memorabilia that accompanies your autobiography, so you still have to think about what you intend to do with your original work and other items, such as medals or bulky heirlooms. Thanks Helpful 6 Not Helpful 0
  • Make your story vivid but don't get bogged down in unimportant details. While you want your autobiography to be memorable, you don't want it to be boring. Too many details—listing everyone that was at a party or trying to include all the events of each day—will bog the story down. Thanks Helpful 5 Not Helpful 1

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  • Be aware of what constitutes libel. If you write something defamatory or maliciously untrue about another person in an autobiography that you intend to publish, consider changing his or her name (if still living). Otherwise, you might find yourself facing a lawsuit. If you're unsure about what to change, consult a lawyer who specializes in libel. Thanks Helpful 5 Not Helpful 0

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How to Write an Autobiography (with Tips & Examples)

Congratulations! You've decided to embark on the daunting task of telling your own story, through your own lens — maybe with the aim of being published, or perhaps just for the future generations of your family.

Deciding to write an autobiography is the easy part. Even though you won't need to think up an entire plot, because your life has already done that for you, putting pen to paper is likely going to be one of the hardest things you have ever done. Here's how to get started.

Autobiography Basics

An autobiography is, simply said, a book the author writes about their own life. Autobiographies are written for many different reasons — to leave a legacy, to inspire, to confess, to warn others away from making the same mistakes, as a historical record, or even simply to prevent others from writing a biography about you.

Although many people think this genre of books is reserved for famous people, that is not true at all. Every person has something interesting and worthwhile to share, and everyday people can absolutely write an autobiography.

The distinguishing features of an autobiography lie in the fact that these books are:

  • Almost always written in the first person.
  • To the best of the author's knowledge, factual.
  • An insight into the author's identity, history, and the lessons they've learned during their life.

Readers all around the world consistently love autobiographies, because they love getting up close and personal and reading about events like they were part of them. As for authors, they can enjoy a lot of creative freedom while writing an autobiography because — no matter what you may have learned in school — you are not confined to a specific format or structure. It's your story, so you make the rules.

Autobiography vs. Biography vs. Memoir

There's some confusion as to what differentiates these three closely-related terms, so let's have a quick look. The difference between an autobiography and a biography is easy to pinpoint — a biography is a book someone else writes about your life, while an autobiography is one you write. "Auto" means "self", after all.

The differences between a memoir and an autobiography are much harder to define. Most people would say that autobiographies deal with the person's "whole life" (typically in chronological order), while memoirs highlight just one portion of it. That is not exactly true, because it is impossible to cover your entire life. You have to make artistic and editorial choices.

For now, don't worry about what to call your book, and just write. You can decide whether to call your book an autobiography or a memoir later.

How to Write an Autobiography: Step-by-Step Process

Your process will be unique, and you should always feel free to change things up. Let's have a look at a step-by-step process that will work for many people who write an autobiography, though.

1. Brainstorming

You already know what your life has been like, but writing your story in a coherent and entertaining way can be hard. Start by brainstorming, using either brainstorming software or a physical space such as a cork board. To get you started, you can contemplate some of the following questions:

  • If you had to pin down an overarching theme to your life, what would it be?
  • Which people in your life inspired you the most? Who do you genuinely hate?
  • What was the hardest thing you've ever done, which you nonetheless feel grateful for?
  • What are your top regrets?
  • What about your parents and wider family do you keep seeing in yourself?
  • What parts of your life are shrouded in mystery? (Did your parents always used to argue with your grandparents, but you have no idea what about, for instance?)

Now that you have some questions to start off with, make more of your own — and jot down any answers that inspire you.

2. Research

Even though your autobiography is the story of your life, you will definitely have research to do. Interview the people who were with you during important times of your life to assess whether your view of the past matches theirs. Fact-check anything you write, whether about your family history or your childhood address. Research the social and political climate of the time you're writing about to inspire you. Even looking up songs that were popular in a particular year can refresh your memory.

If you're quite sure of something, but cannot confirm it through research, always clarify that in your book in the spirit of honesty.

3. Create an Outline

Outline the possible chapters of your autobiography. You can do this in different ways — separate each part of your life by age, location, life stage, new job, or any other defining characteristic that makes sense. You can use outlining software like Plot Factory or Scrivener to make it easier. Once you have your chapters roughly defined, you can jot down what you think they should contain.

4. Choose a Theme

Consciously or not, every autobiography has a theme. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Overcoming adversity

The possibilities are endless. What is your theme?

5. Think of Your Readers

Many people write an autobiography for themselves — often in the hope of processing the past. If you are even considering publishing your autobiography, however, it is crucial to look at yourself from a fresh perspective. Things you take for granted could be riveting to others, and things that were important to you could be boring to your readers.

Never mind your eventual audience — if your autobiography isn't interesting enough to keep reading it, you won't get it published. You won't even land a literary agent. Therefore, constantly keep the fact that you're ultimately writing for your readers in mind.

6. Create Your First Draft

This is the grindy stage of your endeavor. There will be days during which the words practically flow onto the page, and ones on which it's hard to even write a single sentence. Don't wait to be inspired. Set up some sort of routine. Work for a certain amount of time each day or week, or commit to writing a set number of words. Don't worry about the quality at this point; you'll edit and fact-check later.

7. Revise and Proofread

There's a lot to consider during this stage of writing your autobiography. As you revise, edit, and proofread your first draft, you will want to consider two separate factors. One relates to the writing, and the other to the story.

In technical terms, consider:

  • The flow of your chapters.
  • Whether everything that should be in your autobiography is present, and whether there are things that don't need to be there.
  • Each chapter, paragraph, sentence, and even word individually.
  • Is the tone consistent throughout? If it isn't, does the change make logical sense?

Other things to think about include:

  • Will you offend people in your life by publishing this autobiography? Do you need to consult or at least warn them?
  • Have you checked with others, or public records, that the places and events you recall in your memory are accurate?
  • Are you comfortable with sharing everything you have written with (potentially) the entire world?

8. Ask for Insights

Once you have completed your first draft and edited and fact-checked it to the best of your ability, you should ask for insights from other people. You could first ask a close friend to read your autobiography, followed by more people in your inner circle. After this round of feedback is complete, you could think about working with beta readers. Online groups exist for this purpose.

9. Editing Your Autobiography

If you are planning to become a traditionally-published author, you will absolutely need to work with a professional editor. You cannot effectively edit your own autobiography from start to finish (although you should give it your best go), so don't even think about skipping this process. Today, numerous websites that connect aspiring authors with different types of editors make it easy to find the right editor for you.

10. Publishing Your Autobiography

If you want to be traditionally-published, you should begin looking for literary agents once you complete the editing stage. Research which literary agents work with autobiographies, and begin querying them. Once you land a literary agent, your agent will try to place your book with the right publisher.

Self-publishing is another option to consider, and Kindle Direct is the most popular platform for this.

What Should You Include in An Autobiography

It is ultimately entirely up to you to decide what you include in your autobiography, and what you leave out. However, your autobiography will be more engaging if you ensure that you cover all of these aspects of your life story:

  • Your childhood.
  • Your family history, including events that happened before you were born but that nonetheless shaped you immensely.
  • Your coming of age story.
  • Adversity and failures — and how you overcame them. Everyone loves rooting for their protagonist!
  • Stories of the role models and mentors that helped you become who you are today.
  • The people who drove you to despair.
  • Confessions and secrets.

Above all, your autobiography should be deeply personal — written in your own voice, bravely and boldly. Speak your truth.

Examples of Famous Autobiographies

Writing a strong autobiography becomes less daunting once you have read some compelling autobiographies written by others. Try these:

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin — Benjamin Franklin. Not just because it offers historical insights, but because Franklin shows a wonderful example of optimism and hope, even against the odds.
  • Agatha Christie: An Autobiography — Agatha Christie. This powerful autobiography shows how to intertwine the personal with the professional in a beautiful way.
  • Dreams from my Father — Barack Obama. If you want to know how to look inward in a way that causes others to look outward, this is the book to read.

A Child Called It – Dave Pelzer. This autobiography offers insights into ways to tackle extremely difficult and painful subjects in a way that may change the way readers go about their lives.

How to Write an Autobiography Essay

Autobiographical essays are not only shorter that autobiographies, but they also generally serve an entirely different purpose. Students are often asked to write these essays for school, or even to gain entrance to the college of their choice.

You may not want to lay your entire self bare for an autobiographical essay, but such essays should unquestionably show enough about yourself to make your readers understand what makes you unique. That means self-reflection should be included — an autobiographical essay should not simply show you in your best light.

If you like, you can use these tips as you brainstorm:

  • What was really hard for you? How did you overcome that challenge?
  • How have the people in your community changed your life?
  • Which injustices have you felt called to fight against?
  • What are your hopes to the future, and where did they originate?
  • What would you change about your life, if you had the power?

Your essay will ideally have a balance of hope and optimism, and self-reflection. It is important to show how you have grown as a person, and why you are ready for the next chapter in your life.

Tips for Writing a Great Autobiography

No matter what else it is, your autobiography should always be:

  • Honest, open, and authentically you.
  • As factually accurate as possible. You offer your take on the past, yes, but an autobiography is creative non-fiction and not a novel. Don't make things up. You may leave things out, but it's best not to purposely spin your autobiography to make yourself look good.
  • Filled with lessons you've learned.
  • Interesting to read. Otherwise you'll lose your audience quickly.

So, how should you start your autobiography? That's up to you — your opening paragraph should feel like a beginning, but within those confines, you have many different choices.

  • Nelson Mandela started his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom , with an anecdote about how he got his name. He sows the seeds for the turbulence he would experience throughout his life.
  • Ronald Reagan started his autobiography, An American Life , at a later point in his life, by recounting how he didn't get a job he had wanted. He shows how random events can shape a person's life, as the fact that he didn't get the job put him on the path to the highest office.
  • Malcolm X chose to begin his autobiography with a retelling of his mother's struggles with a group of Klansmen while she was pregnant.
  • Michelle Obama starts her memoirs by sharing her simple childhood dreams.

All these beginnings have three things in common — they make an impact, they make you want to keep reading, and they set the tone for the rest of the book.

What mistakes should you avoid while you write? For starters:

  • Clogging your autobiography with details that don't contribute to the overall arc. A few here and there add flavor, but too many will cause readers to lose interest.
  • Writing mainly about other people's actions, rather than describing your thoughts and feelings.
  • Not planning a theme in advance, which can make your autobiography look incoherent.

How can you write an autobiography about someone else?

An autobiography is by definition a book written about one's own life. Ghostwriters can help aspiring authors write their autobiographies in close cooperation with the person in question.

Should an autobiography be written in the first person?

Yes. It's your story. If you incorporate elements of fiction based on your life, you can write in the third person and market the book as a novel with autobiographical elements.

What do you need to write an autobiography?

Self-knowledge, research, perseverance, and bravery are needed to write an autobiography. A good computer and some excellent book writing software also help.

How long should an autobiography be?

In general, an autobiography is likely to be anywhere from 50,000 to 10,000 words long.

How much does it cost to write an autobiography?

This is very hard to calculate and will depend on your circumstances. If you reduce your workload to take the time to write your autobiography, the process can be costly. Self-publishing can also be expensive, depending on how you do it, and working with an editor is not cheap either. If you go the traditional publishing route and your story is captivating enough, however, you can ultimately make a profit.

How to write an autobiography for kids?

If you are writing an autobiography to pass on to your kids or other children in your family, or any autobiography that is meant specifically to be read by children, you can still tackle complex and difficult subjects. You should, however, make sure that the subject matter is age-appropriate. Your vocabulary will be simpler, as well.

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What’s the difference between a memoir and an autobiography?

Personal writing is an important part of our literary canon. Reading it gives us a new perspective and lets us walk in the author’s shoes for a while. There are a few different types of personal writing, including memoirs and autobiographies. While both are works of nonfiction that depict true stories from an author’s life, they have some distinct differences. Let’s explore the value of personal fiction and the differences between autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs.

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What is an autobiography?

An autobiography is a comprehensive account of a person’s life, written by the subject of the story. It can include details about the individual’s birth, upbringing, education, relationships, career, accomplishments, and significant life events.

Examples of autobiographies

Famous examples of autobiographies include The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. These works cover the authors’ lives and provide a detailed account of their experiences. Other autobiographies include:

  • The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • The Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

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What is a memoir?

On the other hand, a memoir is a subset of the autobiography. It focuses on specific experiences or periods in the author’s life, offering detailed insights and reflections into those times. The scope of a memoir is smaller than that of an autobiography, and memoirs are usually written in a more intimate and personal tone.

Examples of memoirs

Popular memoirs include Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. These books focus on specific periods in the authors’ lives and how those experiences shaped them as people. Other memoirs include:

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
  • Spare by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Educated by Tara Westover

Is a memoir an autobiography?

While a memoir shares characteristics with an autobiography, they aren’t the same. A memoir is a slice of life, whereas an autobiography is the whole pie. A memoir can be about a summer spent abroad, a professional achievement, or a family tragedy. However, an autobiography covers the author’s life up to the time it’s completed.

Biography vs. autobiography

The main difference between an autobiography and a biography is the author. An autobiography is self-written, while a biography is a detailed account of a person’s life, authored by someone else. Biographies include information about the subject’s life, achievements, and impact on the world. In contrast, an autobiography is written by the subjects themselves, providing a first-hand account of their life that doesn’t cover their posthumous impact on the world.

While memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies all tell a person’s story, they do so in different ways. Understanding these differences can help you appreciate the distinct insights offered by each type of narrative . If you’re interested in learning more about personal writing, see what a narrative essay is and how you can write one.

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“Mr. Trump has shown a character unworthy of the responsibilities of the presidency. He has demonstrated an utter lack of respect for the Constitution, the rule of law and the American people,” wrote the Times editorial board, made up of opinion journalists, in a piece published Thursday.

“Instead of a cogent vision for the country’s future, Mr. Trump is animated by a thirst for political power: to use the levers of government to advance his interests, satisfy his impulses and exact retribution against those who he thinks have wronged him,” they added. 

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  8. Autobiography Definition, Examples, and Writing Guide

    The strict definition of autobiography is a first-person account of its author's entire life. A memoir does not document the memoirist's full life story but rather a selected era or a specific multi-era journey within that author's life. Memoirs tend to be much more focused than autobiographies. The main difference between memoir and ...

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    134+3 sentence examples: 1. In her autobiography she occasionally refers to her unhappy schooldays. 2. She has just written her autobiography. 3. The novel is a thinly disguised autobiography. 4. They published an extract from his autobiography. 5.

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    autobiography example sentences. autobiography. 1. Title of David Horowitz"s autobiography, in which he shows that a. 2. She laughed at the autobiography he had concocted for Kazowskis, and repeated her amazement at his ability to construct plausible stories on short notice. 3. in his autobiography, that initially, when sex energy is retained, the.

  13. How to Write an Autobiography in 31 Steps

    3. Read. A great way to learn how to write an autobiography is to read. A lot. Reading other autobiographies will give you an idea of which direction to go in and how this genre is structured. It can also help you to develop your style and tone of voice, and to pinpoint which writing techniques you find most effective.

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    Fortunately, there are plenty of innovative and well-thought-out autobiography samples that are available. They can assist you in organizing your thoughts to come up with a great autobiography. These samples can save you valuable time, especially on how to start an autobiography. Check out our extra 40 biography templates.

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    Order your sections (from medium to high interest) Order the ideas in each section (from medium to high interest) Write three questions to answer in each section. Choose a starter sentence. Complete a title template. Write each section of your by completing the starter sentence and answering all three questions.

  16. AUTOBIOGRAPHY Definition & Meaning

    Autobiography definition: a history of a person's life written or told by that person.. See examples of AUTOBIOGRAPHY used in a sentence.

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  18. How to Write an Autobiography: The Story of Your Life

    4. Include plenty of detail. In case we haven't drilled down on this enough, let's reiterate once more: an autobiography should be a complete overview of your life from beginning to end. That means that as you get into properly writing it, you should include as much detail as you can remember.

  19. AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY definition: 1. a book about a person's life, written by that person: 2. the area of literature relating to…. Learn more.

  20. How to Write an Autobiography: Where to Start & What to Say

    1. Make sure you get the facts right. Double check dates, names, descriptions of events, and other items you're including in your book to make sure you've gotten all the facts down correctly. Even though you're writing the story of your own life, you shouldn't publish incorrect information about what occurred.

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    3. Create an Outline. Outline the possible chapters of your autobiography. You can do this in different ways — separate each part of your life by age, location, life stage, new job, or any other defining characteristic that makes sense. You can use outlining software like Plot Factory or Scrivener to make it easier.

  22. AUTOBIOGRAPHY definition and meaning

    An account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person.... Click for English pronunciations, examples sentences, video.

  23. Examples of "Autobiographical" in a Sentence

    Amos is a real charmer, there's no denying that, setting up the perfect mood for his fairly straightforward autobiographical story. 0. 2. Harvey Pekar, the hilariously downtrodden Cleveland comic book artist, is the subject of AMERICAN SPLENDOR, titled after Pekar's autobiographical series.

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  25. The difference between a memoir and an autobiography

    While a memoir shares characteristics with an autobiography, they aren't the same. A memoir is a slice of life, whereas an autobiography is the whole pie. A memoir can be about a summer spent abroad, a professional achievement, or a family tragedy. However, an autobiography covers the author's life up to the time it's completed.

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