Writing your bio: a guest post by Debra Eckerling

Writing Your Bio
By Debra Eckerling

A bio is something all writers should have, whether it’s for a blog or website, byline, query/cover letter, book proposal, workshop flyer, pitch, or book jacket cover.

Want to re-work your bio? Here are some writing exercises to help you out:

1. Write, Don’t Think: Read your current bio. Put it aside. and rewrite it using free-writing/stream-of-consciousness.

2. Talk Your Bio. Either to a friend or to an audio recorder. Or, if you have just returned from a networking event, much of your experience may be on the top of your head—write it down!

3. Interview. Ask your friends and former co-workers about your strengths and accomplishments, and see how they see you.

Then, read, re-write, revise, read, polish, repeat.

Make sure your bio is written in your tone and style, because, like with a query, that is what you are promoting. Every bio is different, just as every writer is different. The point is to have fun, and let your personality come through your words.

Also, you should always have a short pitch of yourself to relay at any time. You never know who you are going to meet … so, be ready.

To help you practice “short and sweet,” the June Write On! Challenge is a Tweeting Contest. Describe yourself in 140 characters or less More info on the website. Write on!

Debra Eckerling is the creator of Write On! Online, a website and community for writers. Debra, a communications specialist and writing coach, has written for national, local, trade, and online publications. Follow Write On! Online on Twitter and “like” on Facebook.

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7 Responses to Writing your bio: a guest post by Debra Eckerling

  1. Karen Cioffi says:

    Deb, this is a great reminder of the importance of a writers bio. And, the selling pitch is essential; it should be considered your USP – unique selling proposition. Business marketers suggest it be very short and effective.
    Karen Cioffi recently posted..Walking Through Walls Video

  2. Deb, thanks for being my guest today.

  3. Magdalena Ball says:

    This is a timely reminder, Debra. I think many of us (myself included) have made the mistake of having a pre-written ready to use bio that provides links and info but nothing striking. I love the idea of having fun with the bio and playing around with it – putting in little bits of personal info. Thanks to your post, I’m going to make a few versions of my bio that are a lot more playful.

  4. Stephen Tremp says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’ll taker a look at my bio on by blog and see what I can do to improve it.
    Stephen Tremp recently posted..Weekend Follies

  5. Debra Eckerling says:

    Thanks for having me on your blog today, Maggie. Thanks for your comments everyone.

    Have fun with those bio re-writes!!!
    Debra Eckerling recently posted..Steve On Screenwriting- Your Screenwriting IQ- Part 7

  6. Donna McDine says:

    Terrific tips. I look at my bio as a work-in-progress. As my career changes my bio does along with it. It’s definitely important to keep it updated just like your website and blog.

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  7. Heidi M. Thomas says:

    Short and sweet–that’s always good advice!