Wanna see how I prompted myself to write my own bio, which is admittedly wackadoo and whimsical (and hopefully demonstrates my writing chops by creating a wild rumpus of show-don’t-tell)?
Here it is:
I wrote my own bio by completing one of my own exercises (which means: I answered my own bio questions – the same ones I’ve asked my copywriting clients for the last four years – and crafted the results into a story).
And this-here-below is a map of where the answer to each question went.
A Map of Bio Q’s and A’s
So…by answering these questions, you too can create a wackadoo, wonderful bio.
This is just one exercise for generating content. This is the whimsical version. There’s also a straight version, and an aspirational version, and so on. (For best results, do all of ’em and combine the content.)
This is the kind of thing that you’ll do (and create and edit and workshop) in Write Me, I’m Yours.
In the meantime, here’s an exercise you can do RIGHT NOW that will help you write your own bio. Right now. Do you detect an imperative?
Write Me, I’m Yours Exercise #1: Your (Wackadoo, Whimsical, Wonderful) Bio in Eleven Questions
1. Quick. Word association. What words describe you?
2. Who describes you (who is most important to you)?
3. In five songs, what is the soundtrack of your life?
Song 1. What’s your story?
Song 2. What’s your story?
Song 3. What’s your story?
Song 4. What’s your story?
Song 5. What’s your story?
4. Pretend your parents aren’t your parents. Which cultural icons, historical figures, rogues, rebels or reverends would you be the child of? Why?
5. Related: if that kid – aka your secret you – wrote your bio, how would it feel?
6. What’s the most unexpectedly wonderful compliment anyone has ever paid you?
7. In your work or creative process, what concepts are sacred? Which rules have you made, which ones do you follow?
8. Which rules do you break?
9. What is your grand, audacious goal? What do you wish people would know, believe, do?
10. What do you do best? What makes you the most money?
11. What do you want people to do at the end of this page?
Now cut ‘n paste your answers to those questions into your bio. Smooth it out with transitions, juxtaposition and explication. Explain what those answers mean for you, your work and your clients. (Honestly, I admit it, this is the hard part…which is why there’s an all-day group workshop in the course, so I can show you, live, with feedback and questions, how to do it.)
Then add all your contact deets and voila! a whimsical version of you. With mascara. Because one should never leave the house without lashes.
And one should never, ever leave the house with a boring bio. Says your website. The one that’s whispering to you. The one that’s already in you and just needs to be written.