Writing for an Unknown Audience
Of course, you won’t always know who your target audience is – if you’re writing a book, for example, you won’t know who will be reading it. In these cases, it’s safe to assume that those who will read the biography are interested in the person, and that’s why they’re reading. ore facts you can consider for inclusion. A biography that’s several pages long will probably go into more detail about the person’s history and what events throughout life made them who they were.
Consider the Audience for the Biography
The key to writing a great biography is really found within this idea: choose facts that are both relevant and interesting to your audience. In order to do this, you should consider why the biography is needed, and who will be reading it, and then focus on those areas of the person’s life that the audience will likely want to know about.
If you’re writing a biography that will be sent out in a company-wide email in order to introduce a new employee to his co-workers, you’ll probably write more about the person’s work history and experience, with perhaps a few personal facts thrown in that will help the co-workers get to know him on a personal level.
However, such a biography probably wouldn’t contain exhaustive detail about his parents, for example, and what they did, and how they influenced him while he was growing up. Such information isn’t really appropriate for the situation or for the target audience. On the other hand, that information might be highly…