B … is for biography

B[1]is for biography, or bio for short. Okay, so we’ll assume that we all know about the idea of the biography, but do we all know what should be in it?

If you’re a writer of whatever level, you may or may not have some history of qualification or success. These are referred to as ‘credits’. Readers are not normally interested in your shoe size, or what colour scheme your bedroom is; they want to know about your credits with regard to your writing, or the topic you are writing about.

1. Your bio should be written in third person point of view.

2. It can be done in a few sentences.

3. You should mention any credits you have.

The best way to deal with this situation is to use myself as an example. I started writing at the age of 55, give or take a few months, and having no writing qualifications, my bio was a bit weak. No it wasn’t; it was non-existent.

Here we are, seven years later.


Tom is an ex-Serviceman, and ex-Retail Manager. He has taken up Creative Writing as his third career.

Since 2007 he has written 700+ poems, won two short story competitions, had four short stories included in anthologies, written three novels and compiled two anthologies of short stories.

Tom has also produced two websites: www.tombensonauthor.com

and www.tom-benson.co.uk 

He is presently working on another novel, and an anthology of military short stories.


Thank you for dropping by. I’ll be back tomorrow with my post for C … Ciao.


*Author’s note: This blog entry was updated on 6th October 2014 prior to being linked to other websites.