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How do you write an autobiography? - November 21st 2011, 03:24 AM

I'm not sure where this goes so move it if I didn't put it in the right place.

I've been through a lot in my life and I think people could learn from the things I've done/ been through, so I decided to write an autobiography. How do you write one though? I know what I want to put in it, but I'm not sure how to organize it so it'll make sense. I've moved around a lot and I've been to so many different schools, so should I organize it by age, grade, town, or state, or what?
   
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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - November 22nd 2011, 06:10 AM

I think you should organize it by whatever feels logical to you. When you think back on your life, do you see it broken into different "chunks". An autobiography can be organized in so many different ways, so do whatever feels right for you.

Also, keep in mind that if you choose a way of organizing it and end up not liking that, you can always go back and change it.
   
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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - November 22nd 2011, 10:05 PM

You should organize it in anyway you want because it is your autobiography at the end of the day and like said, if you're not happy with how you've organized, you can always change it around at the end till you're happy.
   
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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - November 23rd 2011, 12:12 AM

Mostly it's organized by passage of time, or time era in your life. For instance let's for example use a fake actor.

Part I: Early life
Part II: Early carrer.
Part III: Role on "Happy times" television series
Part IV: Movie career
Part V: Future.

That's a very rough outline, but as you can see it goes in a very chronological order, showing a rouge passage of time.

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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - November 23rd 2011, 08:59 AM

I bet you could find tons of descriptive and instructional tutorials on writing autobiographies on Google! And you'd definitely find a few good examples that may even be slightly relative to your life.
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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - November 26th 2011, 09:00 AM

I'm seeing a lot of 'however you want it,' so I'm gonna try and give you different input.

Why don't you try to put the things in periodic order? (earliest years to latest years). That way, the reader can feel like he/she is going through your life in order. Bigger events can take up more room if you want, that way the reader knows these events are more important. Good luck!


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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - November 26th 2011, 11:42 AM

read 'i know why the caged bird sings' by Maya angelou

That's a bloody amazing autobiography


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Re: How do you write an autobiography? - December 4th 2011, 07:39 PM

I'm also thinking of writing an autobiography, and I want to do it in the same way Jeanette Walls did when she wrote The Glass Castle. She took snippets and stories from her life and made them into small essays in no particular order. It wasn't chronological by any means but it sure made for interesting and powerful writing.
   
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