Somewhere on that near-endless list of things about which I are ignorant, is the one about the writer’s bio. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about short stories, poetry, novels, artwork or pretty much any work which can be published in some form or other, at some point you’re going to need one.
Until last year, I’d always assumed they were written on your behalf – in my defense, most bios read like they’re telling you about a third party eg: “Actor, singer, astronaut and all-round legend in his own lunchtime, Hamish ‘Big-boy’ O’Flaherty, was born at an early age…”
I used to think the bio writers were so lucky because they got to interview all these cool, creative types, but no, in most cases, it seems they were written by the writers/artists themselves. Now, you’d think having a license to write nice things about yourself would make coming up with a bio a simple task, but I really struggled to come up with mine.
I’d say it was almost as difficult as writing a synopsis. I was also a little worried that the formal wording made me come across as a bit pretentious, so I stuck this on the end:
‘Jon can usually be found hunched over the computer in his basement office. One day he hopes to figure out how to switch it on.’
I’m hoping it shows people I don’t take myself too seriously.
How about you?
What does/would your bio say?
ETA: If you comment, feel free to add links to your website/blog etc. After all, that's what bios are for :)