Writing an Autobiography: 3 Principles and 15 Questions

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Writing an AutobiographyWhen you are assigned an autobiography to write, tens and even hundreds of questions buzzing in your head. How to start your life story? What to include? How to make your memoir flow? Don’t worry about all this and just use the following 3 simple principles and 15 easy questions for writing a life story that truly deserves a high grade.

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3 Main Principles of Writing an Autobiography

First and foremost, you should remember that an autobiography (that is also called a memoir) is a story about your own life. If you write the life story of another person, that is called a biography.
You will easily write a winning autobiography if you follow these 3 simple principles:

  • make it logical – choose one main idea and express it in a thesis statement to combine all memories into a meaningful whole;
  • do not be a bore – reveal some personal details and tell something that nobody but you can tell;
  • make it easy-to-read – include an introduction, main body, and conclusion; do not hesitate to use a new paragraph to develop a new idea; avoid using overcomplicated language and constructions.

When writing an autobiography, you should check it for spelling and grammar mistakes, or proofread it by Grammarly.

15 Questions for Writing an Autobiography

Even when you use the 3 above-discussed principles, you might still stumble in the middle of your autobiography. Your inspiration can betray you after you start writing a memoir. But the following 15 questions won’t let you down. This list will help you generate brilliant ideas for your autobiographies whenever you need them:

  1. What famous quote can describe your life?
  2. Which 3 adjectives can be used to describe you as a person?
  3. Who influenced your personal development?
  4. What are your best and worst childhood memories?
  5. What is your family social and ethnic background?
  6. What are your relations with parents and other relatives?
  7. What are your main achievements in life?
  8. What are the weaknesses that you would like to get rid of?
  9. What are your goals for the future?
  10. What places would you like to visit and why?
  11. What skills would you like to develop and why?
  12. What was the most memorable day in your life?
  13. What was the most important lesson you have ever learned in your life?
  14. What are the most important values in life, in your opinion?
  15. Which fault would you never forgive others or yourself?

If you are a student, your life story might not be that long. However, these 15 questions will guide you in writing an autobiography that you can be proud of and the 3 simple principles discussed above will help you make your memoir flawless.

Comments (6)

  • Margaret Hutchins Margaret Hutchins Posted:

    There are much learning in your information, I have thumbed through the information. I did not realize how much I did not know about writing this autobiography. My biggest problem is spelling, sometime I can’t spell cat (LOL). Thanks!!!

    • Julia R. Julia R. Posted:

      Thanks for the feedback, Margaret!

  • Claire lumby-Rayner Claire lumby-Rayner Posted:

    What do I do when I’ve written so much of the book? I believe you have to send it to a publisher to decide if I’m going in the right direction am I correct? Is there any specific publisher that deals with autobiographical writings? Many thanks

    • Julia R. Julia R. Posted:

      Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with this information since I don’t write books, but I’m pretty sure you can find the answer in Google.
      Anyway, thanks for stopping by, Claire!

  • Lameck makorii birundu Lameck makorii birundu Posted:

    I have read there principles when writing an autobiography . Please i have my book which i have writen
    .

    but i don’t have a market where to sell it. How can you help me?

    • Julia R. Julia R. Posted:

      Hi there,
      You should probably search for a local publishing company.
      Thanks for reading the article!