The Biography is the life story of a person. The word comes from a compound Greek term: bios (“life”) and graphein (“to write”). Biography can be used in a symbolic sense. For instance: “The president’s biography reflects that she has never been in a similar situation”. In this case, the notion of biography refers to life history in general, without material support.
In the most common cases, however, a biography is a written narration which summarizes the main events in a person’s life. It is also known as a biography when literary genre in which these narratives are framed.
Biographies usually begin with the birth of the subject in question (usually a public and famous person) and can even go back to their family background (family tree, ancestors, etc.). Biographies whose protagonist has already died go up to the moment of his death, while, in the other cases, the author of the narration can choose how far to cover.
As a literary genre, biography is narrative and expository. It is written in the third person, with the exception of the autobiographies (where the protagonist is the one who narrates the actions). Although it may include subjective opinions of the author and data on the context in which the protagonist’s life takes place, the basis of the biography is the exact and precise data, such as dates, names and places.
The basic structure of a biography includes the introduction (a presentation of the character), the developing (the narration of the momentous events of his life) and the conclusion (This is the most subjective segment, with an assessment of the significance of the character).
Today there are many Internet pages that offer a database with various biographies, thus anyone who wants to know information about the history of an individual you can access it easily.
How to write a biography?
At first glance writing a biography may seem like a simple task, however if you want to do a good job you need to take it extremely seriously and carefully analyze every detail that we are going to include, to avoid giving a false testimony.
When deciding to write a biography you must be clear about which person are we going to do it, and gather as much data as possible about her and her life, in order to offer a complete and homogeneous work.
It should be taken into account that the purpose of this type of text is, above all, to make known what is fundamental in the life of a certain public person; giving more importance to his professional work than to the circumstances of his private life and telling about his way of working and everything that may be relevant to understanding his work.
It is important to point out that there are some questions that can serve as props to collect the information; starting from the past of the individual until reaching his present, such as: Who were your parents and what relationship did you have with them? When did you discover that you wanted to dedicate yourself to this activity and what were your first steps in the environment? and everything that can help us understand what led him to become the person we all know.
If possible, it is advisable to interview, if the protagonist is not possible, someone who has been close to him, and gather all the data that can help us to write his story; it is usually very useful record the interviews and write them.
Once you have all the information, it is recommended organize all content and ideas Before starting to capture them and knowing how to discern from all that information which is really relevant and which can be discarded.