How to Write a Sample Personal Autobiography

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How to Write a Sample Personal Autobiography
Consider what kind of autobiography you are writing. (writing image by Alison Bowden from

A sample autobiography is a condensed version of the story of your life. Autobiographies are written about and by the same person. It may contain details such as an unusual direction or event that has happened or a revelation that you experienced in your life. The length of a sample autobiography does not allow for a significant amount of detail through the course of a person's entire life, like that of a novel, however, it may contain events or details that are significant enough to summarise the life of a person.

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    Determine what kind of autobiography you want to write. If you decide to write a narrative autobiography, it will consist of just the names and basic information about yourself, such as where and when you were born, the name of your parents and siblings, names of friends, schools you attended, jobs you held, pets you've owned and other categories that describe details in your life. Narrative biographies are usually unemotional in nature.

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    Write a descriptive or emotional form of writing for your autobiography if you want to pinpoint a certain event or experience. Ask yourself if there were any defining moments that changed the course of your life or made you choose a different life plan than the one you had originally set out for. This could be an event that took place that may not have seemed like a pivotal event at the time. It may be a person that you met, or a place that you visited.

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    Make a list of people who have influenced your decisions. This includes family members, boyfriends or girlfriends, teachers or other individuals who were influences in some way or were instrumental to a decision you made. It could be that these individuals were a direct or indirect part of an experience that shaped your life.

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    Start the autobiography by writing the purpose for which you are writing it. For example, if you want to pass on your heritage or have a message to share or to process an experience, state this early on in your sample autobiography.

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    Write about the event or experience that shaped your life. Start from the beginning, and describe what your life was like prior to the experience by writing about your attitudes and perspectives, or your physical details, such as where you lived and what your life consisted of, whether it was work or school.

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    Place yourself back into the moment and describe the event or experience. Be as descriptive or as emotional as you please, right down to details, such as music that was playing. Don't be afraid to explore sensory details as you are writing and recollecting your event or experience.

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    Conclude the sample autobiography with the revelation that you experienced and how the event or experience helped you find that revelation. Include closing remarks or anecdotes to summarise how this event or experience has shaped who you have become.

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