How to write an autobiography
An autobiography essay is simply writing about your personal experiences or a specific event, but not a story of your whole life.
Autobiography introduction example
RememberIntroduction must be concise and one to three sentences long.
Writing the body paragraphs
Autobiography body paragraphs example
The conclusion part is just as important as the introduction as you summarize your story and discuss the conclusions from your experiences. You can also leave a meaningful impression on the reader by sharing what your experiences have taught you so far.
Look at the conclusion example below:
Autobiography conclusion example
Steps to writing an autobiography
Step 1: Brainstorm and choose a main idea
Start writing by brainstorming your memories and experiences.
Pro tipList your memories that may interest the reader, covering all periods of your life from childhood to the present.
You may write about an important event that has made an impact in your life, an achievement or your life philosophy. But don’t forget to focus on only a single event, person, memory, and place..
Step 2: Research and create an outline
Research to recall the memories you have chosen. You can get help from family members and friends to remember details, as well as, if possible, look at old photos, archives, or letters.
Now you’ll see the outline of the example essay above.
Autobiography outline example
- Hook and background on the subject's life
- Thesis statement (Main idea)
- Body paragraph 1
- Growing up in poverty presented challenges
- Determined to achieve goals through hard work and self-study
- Earned scholarship to attend college
- Body paragraph 2
- Excelled academically in college
- Involved in research projects
- Pursued additional courses and certifications to expand knowledge
- Body paragraph 3
- Active in community through volunteer work
- Believes in the importance of giving back and making a positive impact
- Volunteering has taught the value of service and helping others
- Reflects on life and accomplishments
- Confident in future success with determination, hard work, and passion for learning
- Will continue to make a positive impact in the world.
If you create an outline before writing, you’ll make the writing process easier. By following your outline, you won’t forget the main ideas that you’ll cover.
Step 3: Write your first draft
After you have all your plans organized, you can now start trying out your first draft. In case you want to improve your sentences, use a rewording tool. It uses AI to enhance your content while following its context.