How to Write an Autobiography

An autobiography is a written account of the series of events in the life of the writer himself. If you want to write your autobiography, you can follow a set of procedures to accomplish this task easily.

Steps to Write an Autobiography

  1. Determine Your Goal
    • Determine your goal for writing your autobiography. The most common reason for writing an autobiography is to let the readers know the writer.
    • A secondary reason of the writer is to tell the readers what life means to him/her and how he/she sees the future. Consider these goals while you make your plan.

  2. Make an Outline
    • Make an outline of your work. Like any other composition, autobiographies need to have a logical structure and organization of thoughts. You can use the major parts of your life as the main outline headings, and the minor parts as the supporting ideas.

      Start your outline by listing down the basic facts about yourself. This will serve as your introduction. These pieces of information include your name, the place where you were born, your birthday, and the city or state where you live.

      Then you can move to the next main topic. Here you can list down the earliest most important events in your life you can still recall. Under each event, try to include details and make them your supporting ideas. Do the same with the succeeding parts of your life.

  3. Actual Writing
    • You can write your actual autobiography once you are done with your outline. From each heading and supporting idea, form the complete thoughts you wish to express. Just keep on writing and do not worry about any mistakes you might make.
    • You should try to be as honest as possible. Avoid making exaggerations of past events. Your readers will be able to see whether or not you are sincere with what you are saying. Also, try to avoid using very complex sentences. These might confuse your readers and make it difficult for them to understand your ideas.

  4. Write the Conclusion
    • When you have written the entire series of events in your life, you can then make a conclusion. You could make the conclusion while writing the outline. But you can also write it after finishing the autobiography. In your conclusion, you can tell the readers how you see yourself in the future.

  5. Editing and Proofreading
    • Finally, your biography is ready for editing and proofreading. You can edit your own work, but it will be best if someone else will do it for you. Proofreading should also be done by another person.