How to write a biographical novel

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic and Lit Hub, and an editor at large at VQR.

His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. The research and writing process is always challenging.

In fact, many biographies, no matter how wellplanned, never see daylight. The biographical novel is a genre of book writing that documents an entertaining account of a persons life, alive or deceased.

The potential market is an essential component of your decision to write the biography or not. Although working out a preliminary marketing plan may seem premature, it will help not only with your decision about writing the biography, but with how you shape the book. Michael Dean's I, Hogarth, a biographical novel about the inventor of" moral" storytelling, is both pleasurable and historically informativenot an easy combination to pull off.

Dean shared his Writing fiction from reallife experiences isnt as easy as it sounds. Fiction writerswriters of short stories and novelsmust know when to use reallife details and when those details dont work well in prose. How to Write a Biography: Writing from the Heart By: Guest Column December 9, 2013 The most important thing that you as a biographer can do is to write from the heart.

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