Foo - Anybody ever write a biography of themselves?
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I have to write one for a scholarship application. Looking for some help. Edit: Should be autobiography.
10-17-07, 05:27 PM
Just make sure to write about your passion in some certain academic area, even if it is a lie. Then say how you will use your knowledge in said area to save the world.
Not sure if it will work. I have had to write a couple, but not really sure how successful they were.
face it--your life has probably been pretty boring. what you really need is a good antagonist, a twisting plot and a romantic interest to kick your autobiography up a notch! those scholarship people are probably reading a lot of boring crap every day. you need to give them an experience that they will remember when they're at home and in the shower.
none of this bull**** about passion in academics, or helping the world either. they'll know you're full of it.
face it--your life has probably been pretty boring. what you really need is a good antagonist, a twisting plot and a romantic interest to kick your autobiography
He said he was writing a biography of themselves, not an autobiography of himself. Get it?
10-17-07, 06:56 PM
I just finished one for a class assignment
Yep... short, one pager kind of thing.
I wrote one once. Every person who has read it has died of boredom. Just the act of writing it put me into a coma for a month...
x wrote my posthumous autobiography on a grain of rice.
What sort of scholarship to where?
Assuming this is for college, are you by chance first generation or have faced adversity at any point? If not, then lie. Say how hard it was to get to where you were (without ever saying it was hard), say how thankful you are to be where you are, and make up some story telling why you're choosing the school/major/etc that you are choosing. I won a lot of minor scholarships in undergrad, as well as a lot of "personal statements" for grad school. Its all about exaggerating the crap out of your life while making it sound believable. Because face it, you ARE boring.
Oh, good advice. Lie. Yep... that'll teach you the right way to do things.
Some day, rsd, someone is going to check on what you tell them and you'll find yourself tossed out on your can.
Research the school and if appropriate the donor or funder of the scholarship if it separate. If it is the "John Wannamaker" scholarship fund, find out everything you can about John Wannamaker and the fund's terms of reference.
Write truthfully about your interests, skills and strong points while specifically emphasing the parts that fit with the goals of the institution and donor. For example if it is a religiously affiliated college, and you are a spiritually-oriented person make sure they know that. If it is a technical school make sure you emphasize any hobbies or talents that show you have a mechanical or conceptual aptitude for the field. If "John Wannamaker" was passionate about nature, mention any interests you have in that area and comment on how you believe this shows you support his legacy.
In other words, try to show them how you fit the model of what they are looking for.
10-18-07, 07:29 AM
What about the Kramer-Petterman-Benes method of writing:
ELAINE: Oh, what didn't you like about the first chapter?
PETERMAN: Well, it started out nicely: "I'm returning some pants." A very identifiable problem.. (turns page) "I set of down a train tunnel.".. (turns page) But that's where the story takes a most unappealing turn.
ELAINE: Oh, no, no! That's where it gets interesting! Don't you see? The - the train is bearing down on you, you - you dive into a side tunnel - and you run into a whole band of underground tunnel dwellers!
PETERMAN: It just seems so cliched, and obvious. It's not interesting writing.
ELAINE: Yeah.. yeah. I know. Um.. how about if, instead of.. diving from the train, you.. uh, you, I don't know, you slip and, and fall in some mud, and.. ruin your pants?
PETERMAN: (Intrigued) The very pants I was returning. That's perfect irony! Elaine, that is interesting writing!
Here is mine:
Birth, School, Work, Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2SLs7EWyIk)
Mine is a musical.
What sort of scholarship to where?
10-18-07, 12:40 PM
Just try not to sound to smart then, they may not want you.
Can you post the first draft so we can comment or suggest improvements?
10-19-07, 12:22 AM
yes..I Suck. It's a short story.
10-19-07, 12:33 AM
When Mr. Smashy makes his, Mr. Smashy is writing it in 3rd person.
10-19-07, 12:38 AM
Hanging around Foo and asking life altering questions.............
DO NOT use that.
10-19-07, 01:35 AM
Called autobiography, BTW.
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