In the last blog we talked about biographies now we are going to talk about autobiographies. earlier we discussed how a biography is an account of the life of a person, an autobiography is an account of the life of a person but written by its subject. The word autobiography was first used deprecatingly by William Taylor in 1797 when he suggested the word as a hybrid but condemned it as ‘pedantic’. The next recorded use was in its present tense by Robert Southey in 1809.
When righting a autobiography of yourself start your research by taking a close examination of your life and taking notes on the things that make you and your life interesting. Just like a biography an autobiography will include things like the time and place of birth, an overview of your personality, your likes and dislikes, and the special events that shaped your life.
You should also gather some background story. Some things to consider:
- What is interesting about the region where I was born or raised?
- How does my family history relate to the history of that region/
- Did my family come to that region for a reason? why?
When mentioning your childhood it is important to highlight the best parts that are interesting to you. There will always be something unique in your story that others will find different from theirs.
When talking about your culture include customs that come from your family’s values and beliefs. culture includes the holidays you observe, the customs you practice, the foods you eat, the cloths you wear, the games you play, the language you speak, and others. You might want to consider these questions:
- What are the most special gifts you receive surrounding the occasion?
- is there a certain food that you identify with during a certain time of the year?
- is there an outfit that you wear only during a special occasion?
- and more
Learn to tie together all the interesting elements of your life story and build them into an engaging essay.