I’ve recently been thinking about my writer’s biography. The information I need to share that explains why I write, who I am and what it is I’m writing. Having nothing yet published I considered it to be quite a fruitless exercise. After all, if I were to try and convince an agent or publisher to represent my work who would take a chance on someone with no track record.
But then I widened my parameters. Here’s what I came up with:
- I write three blog posts a week related to my endeavour to become a published writer. This demonstrates I can meet regular deadlines and I have a small following already interested in my journey.
- I have two complete first draft novels, the bulk of both written in just 30 days (during NaNoWriMo). This shows that I can commit to finishing my ideas and that I can produce material in a given time frame.
- I am active on Twitter, which I use exclusively for interacting with the reading/writing community. This provides me with an initial social media platform to build upon.
- I am a committee member of the Huddersfield Literature Festival demonstrating my interest in engaging individuals with the art of the written word and celebrating the impact books can have on the world – in their many forms.
- I have been asked to contribute posts for official Manchester Literature Festival events, on their blog, Chapter and Verse, alongside other bloggers. This shows a commitment to interacting with literature related activities that go on in my local area and making my name known.
- In August I was short listed for a Writing Magazine competition for a 1,600 word short story.
- I am member of a local writing group: Writer’s Reign.
I think this does begin to show that I am taking my writing goals seriously and that I have a rounded interest in Literature alongside my own individual endeavour to be published. I’m not just sat in a room writing ferociously and expecting to make it big. I have a general interest in Literature that fuels my love for writing itself.
In addition, such activities – I hope – would appeal to any agent or publisher I might approach in future, because it demonstrates my desire to be an ‘active’ author who wants to interact with readers. Still, I do feel a couple of publication acknowledgements would further add to my biography and speak more to my skill as a writer, rather than just my desire to write.
So, I guess this highlights where I should focus some of my energy in the next few months in order to better flesh out my writer’s biography.
What about your writer’s biography? What would you have to say about the different ways that you contribute to your writing goals?