Often, admins mistake their biographies for something they are not or simply miss the point of them. What do I mean by this
According to Wikipedia, a biography is …
"a detailed description or account of someone’s life. It entails more than basic facts (education, work, relationships, and death), a biography also portrays a subject’s experience of these events. A biography presents a subject’s life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of a subject’s personality."
Often people suggest ways to format biographies but few think about what needs to b included in one. I think everybody has a clear idea of the outline of a character biography, so I won’t discuss that here. However, if you don’t or are need of a few ideas, I suggest looking through the role play tag and getting ideas from there or the following post: Watson’s favourite: Bio layouts.
What I want to touch on are what needs to be included in biographies. Just like my post on “Components of your plot page”, I suggest your character biographies to include three important “sections”: the character’s …
The part on their past can be about their childhood and family life. It could even include their adolescence if your character is an adult. If you need more information on what type of information is needed for this section, look up the following character development questionnaires:
The present section of your biography is a bit tougher because you have to a lot of questions on who the character is vis a vis your plot. What does this mean? It means, where does character stand in the plot? If well done, this section can explain the character’s personality adequately and you won’t need to make a different paragraph for it.
The future section of your character biography is all about their goals. What are they? How do they plan on reaching them? This is unique to each of your characters and you should think of how their goals will affect the plot and other characters.
Finally, you should keep these questions in mind when writing your biographies.