How to write an autobiographical essay


Writing a draft


Point of view


Autobiographical essay is written from the first person (I, my, me, for me), because you share your experience.

Don’t use the second person (“you”) and do not switch between “I” and “you”. All essays are written in the first person.


Start with an opening sentence opening the door to history


The introduction should give rise to history. Decide what you will consider in your essay to determine the correct introduction. It should also carry the basic idea of the essay and become a kind of an announcement of the future history.

Do not hesitate. One of the options for starting the essay will be an urgent description of the events that took place, even if it happened in the middle of the story. You can start this way: “I stood in front of the whole graduation class and read the story I wrote.”


Describe the place


Use bright details to describe places where events occur. Provide the context and background information necessary to understand your essay.

Try teasing the reader. For example, start with the following: “I never thought that I would be as happy as at this moment” or “There have been many things happening to me, but I certainly did not expect this.” The main thing is that the introduction does not depart from the main events.

Avoid too general or broad beginnings. Don’t start like this: “A long time ago …” Such a beginning does not help the reader tune into history. “Too general” entry will be simply boring.

Begin with a quote only if it is important to you and characterizes the whole story. Include only such quotations, which will then be disclosed in the main text. Readers should understand why they need it.


The transition from the introduction to the history


Having written the introduction and interested the reader, it’s time to move on to the narrative itself. The last sentence in the introduction should only warm up the reader’s interest in further acquaintance with the history.

It can be written as follows: “It was under such circumstances that the most difficult year in my life began” or “Before the events described, I did not even suspect that I was ready for such accomplishments.” The transition should connect the introduction and events in subsequent paragraphs.


Main events


After the introduction, readers are waiting for a step-by-step exposition of the history itself. The second and subsequent paragraphs will depend on the completion of the first. Try not to miss important details that are important to the reader.


Completion of the story


The end should be interesting and memorable. At the end of the story, you should place all the dots over the “i”, as well as reflect on the experiences.

Explain how this story is important to you, what conclusions you have learned.

Finally, return to the beginning of your story, mentioning the situation or the person who occupied the central place in the introduction.

Share with readers the unexpected findings and experiences of the experiences you experienced.


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