What’s your “Writer’s Biography”?

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.

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Who are you as a writer?

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.

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What about your writer’s biography? What would you have to say about the different ways that you contribute to your writing goals?

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11 responses to “What’s your “Writer’s Biography”?

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  2. I think this is quite impressive. I have said tons of times and I will say it again, I admire your ability to be consistent. This definitely is a huge plus with this career path.

    • Thanks doll. Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m working hard enough, so it pays to take stock now and again.

      Keep up with your own writing – expecting to buy an early copy of your own novel one day soon. 😉
      Take care, Cat x

  3. Hi Cat,
    I’m impressed how much you do and still write. I think it would certainly demonstrate your commitment to writing and your love of literature. How do you feel about including things in your biography that aren’t writing related? I have no publishing credentials either so in my biography I mention the non-writing things I’m interested in too.

    • I think it can be important to demonstrate a healthy and well rounded picture of who you are, so would whole heartedly agree to adding in some non-writing related facts too. For example, if I hadn’t gotten M.E I wouldn’t be writing now, so in this way I view my illness as an element of helping me to fulfil my dream of being a published writer one day, instead of a hindrance that makes it more difficult.

      Good luck with your future submissions – hope you are able to add a few to your writing biography in time too. Thanks for stopping by,
      Cat x

  4. This is a great approach, Cat! I am in a similar boat in that I have not yet submitted my work for publication, but I like your idea of branching out and including other activities! I will keep this in mind, thanks for sharing.

    • Good luck with it all. Hope you manage a balance, I’m beginning to realise my extra- curricular writing activities can be a distraction from writing itself!
      Take care, and thanks for commenting,
      Cat x

  5. I want to have a career as a writer and live off my writing. I’ve been taking classes on how to produce ideas on demand; shortcuts to research for fiction writers. I’m taking one that will identify my weak areas and use that to help decide what else I need to take that will help me best.

    I’m also working on my time management skills — in this case, using my 9-5 job to help me with the areas I’m weak in. I’m tackling those in small steps, since that’s been a very challenging area for me (though I think writing fulltime will be easier schedule-wise than the job is now. The job the way it is may actually be good training for the future in this regard).

    Finally, I’m working on a new novel, a mystery, and I just subbed a short story to a pro-rate magazine. I’m going to write another story and get that out. I’m also branching out in different genres.

    • All sounds very positive Linda! I didn’t even think of mentioning how I juggle my part-time job, my condition and my writing, so thanks for reminding me of that.

      Seems like you’re on the right path. I really like your ‘about me’ page on your blog; gives a real flavour of who you are and why you write the things you do. Great stuff. 🙂

      Keep at it. I’m going to follow your blog to keep an eye on how you’re doing.

      Take Care, and thanks for commenting. 🙂
      Cat x

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