How to do a hanger bio

Instructions for writing a bio

Table of Contents

  1. Forms of biography
  2. Valuable tips
  3. Examples of successful biographies


1. Forms of biography


The classic autobiography

It tells life in chronological form. It begins at birth and includes the entire life cycle up to the point in time when the biography is written. The focus is on the self and its development over time. However, since the development of a person is always influenced by external circumstances, special events and current affairs, the classic autobiography always also includes external contexts and backgrounds.

The memoir

These are memories. Memoirs, too, are usually written chronologically and continuously tell the story of one's life. In contrast to the classic autobiography, however, memoirs focus on the external events, contexts and backgrounds that have shaped the person and less on the person and his development itself. Most memoirs tell of events that interest a broad public and characterize them stylistically memoirs through a relaxed, chatty narrative style, sometimes with anecdotes.

The memory of life

It puts the self and its development in the foreground. In contrast to the classic autobiography, however, the memory of life does not tell the entire life path in chronological form, but rather focuses on individual events or certain phases of life.

The autobiographical novel

Unlike the other three forms of biography, it mixes fact and thought. The reader does not learn which parts are true and which parts the author invented. In this respect, an autobiographical novel is written just like any other novel.


2. Valuable tips


1. Learn from role models

Before you become active yourself, you first have to study the works of other authors in order to learn from them. For example, various short biographies can be found on the Internet that you should look at. However, the biographies on Wikipedia should not be taken as a model. Several authors are always responsible for a Wikipedia text, which has a negative impact on the quality. There is no clear narrative structure. It is more like a collection of facts. In any case, good biographies look different. The magazine P.M. Biography, for example, specializes in the life stories of well-known personalities and is therefore of great interest to prospective authors.

2. Determine the correct length

Before dealing with the content of the biography, one should be clear about how long the biography should be. For example, with a short biography, it would be impossible to go into detail about childhood. A more detailed life story, on the other hand, requires a precise explanation. If it is a short biography, with a maximum of 1000 words, you will concentrate on your professional career. If you write a longer text, you can also explain the private background.

3. Obtain information

Working on a biography basically begins with gathering information. You try to get your hands on everything that is somehow related to the personality in question. All texts from the Internet are printed out, books are borrowed from the library and relevant TV programs are recorded. The better you get to know the personality, the better the biography will ultimately be.

4. Find a good start

The beginning of a biography determines whether the reader continues to read the text or not. For this reason, the beginning of the text is very important. Inexperienced authors often make the mistake of writing down the biography chronologically correctly. The beginning is then, for example, "The person XY was born on March 5th, 1972". But the special thing about this person was certainly not his birth but what he created in life. First of all, it is written about what makes this person special and what successes have been achieved. Only then can you start from the beginning in chronological order. Such a narrative structure can also be found in the well-known book biographies.

5. Perform a revision

After the text is finished, you should leave it for a few days and not look at it again. With a little distance you will be able to recognize to what extent the biography can still be optimized. After the revision has taken place, you can take another short break and then check again after a few days whether the text now meets your own requirements.


6. Write exciting

A good biography is characterized by the fact that it actually tells a life and is just as lively as life itself. This means that a biography is not about soberly listing certain experiences or reflecting on certain events.


3. Examples of successful biographies

In our archive you can find some biographies of well-known authors.
With these instructions you should now be able to write a good biography! It is also helpful to read through a few good student biographies to get a feel for the text form.