I need your input, if I have to write a biography -

Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2009 07:37 pm
I suggest you write about someone really interesting. Someone who's had a lot of sex especially. And make sure there's a bar fight in there. Also, don't make them out to be all nice and sweet. The best read biographies are of assholes like Andy Warhol.
Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2009 08:19 pm
Thank you for your advice Nick...but I'm not writing a biography about you. Wink
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Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2009 09:34 pm
ossobuco wrote:

Your library can order the book Roberta mentioned for you, Mismi. I know this since my husband used our county library to access a book that he was using as a basis for a screenplay. The county library in Marina del Rey, California got a book for him from somewhere in Ohio, and allowed him to keep renewing it.

Roberta, a published author, is she who must be obeyed, so I'd still try to find the book. Or, is that whom must obeyed? Jespah, who needs no introduction, is possibly our funniest writer.. and I can see there could be room for humor and warmth in a bio re your subject.

Hmm, does anyone ever give more than one bio?

mismi, If you were trying to get something published in my area of expertise, I'd say, yeah, listen to me. But outside this area, I don't know much more than anyone else, which is why I asked an editor for advice. The other books you found may be just as good as the one I suggested. The only reason I suggested it is that it's the only one I know about. It's a bit too oriented toward marketing and promotion for my taste. But I thought I'd let you know what the authors said about the bio.

At this point, I think you've got lots of good advice. Try writing something.
Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2009 09:53 pm
Thank you Roberta - I have been working on it...still not quite there...there are parts that are bothering me. But I am getting bleary eyed. So I think I will leave it for my husband to read and add to and head for bed.

Thank you all for your input...I was truly frustrated this morning - I think that I can do this now - which is encoraging! Just a few more tweaks and maybe I will feel more settled about it.

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Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2009 10:20 pm
If u write it in the 3rd person,
then u need not be concerned about appearing immodest or boastful.
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 05:01 am
Sincerity, is what I am looking for - something that resonates with just a dash of humor...hopefully it will not come off bragging or immodest. Yeah...I am not sure why I thought I would write it in first person now...except my mind is little league baseball mush right now.
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 06:56 am
Maybe you can glide past where you live (get that in there) and then go to who you live with -- use descriptors for each, wind up with something about how challenging (and rewarding!) they've been and how you wished you had something like your book to help you realize that you'd be able to get through it, and even look back and laugh. (Way too prosaic in that formulation, just a basic idea for you to riff off of.)
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