APPROACHES IN FACTUAL STORY WRITING

Autobiographies and Biographies

These are factual written works about a person’s life. Where it is written by the person, it is called an autobiography. Where it is written by another on behalf of that person, it is called a biography. Thus, the autobiography makes use of the first person personal pronoun; “I, We, me, Us”, the autobiography uses that third person peroanl pronoun; “He, She, It, Him, Her, They, Them”, much like many fictional works, bu the difference is that it deals with factual stories reconstructed by actors who have knowledge of it. Notice we use the word factual, as against truthful, since a story may be factual, but not necessarily truthful.
In writing an autobiography, you focus more on that part of your life that you feel can inspire people to become better. People must see through your flaws, and how you overcame them, your strength as a rallying point of your success, your mistakes and importantly your failures that mark you out as a man who didn’t give up in the face of challenges. Unfortunately, autobiographies are mostly written by prominent figures, who people look up to as a source of inspiration. But this should not deter you, if no deserves or cares to know the history of your life, your children would. So start documenting those stories now, in words and pictures and videos, and inspire joy and a rare history to your protégés. Writing a story of your life much later, will deprive you of accuracy to some extent. So start documenting the important dates today.

The good news is, no form is really required. Just start scribbling , that’s all.

Biographies on the other hand involve extensive research on a person’s life, usually and most importantly with their permission, if it can be as factual as possible. You may need to meet classmates at different levels, room mates in school, teachers, neighbours, friends, relatives, religious heads and anyother person who feel would be helpful.