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How to find out if you’d like to get a Biography made on someone you know?

Updated: Jun 22

We often get inquiries from people approaching us with a vague idea of getting a biography commissioned for their parents, loved ones, or someone they admire. And in most cases, they only have a preliminary notion of what the book would look like.

We understand that deciding to create a biography about someone special in your life is a meaningful and often life-changing endeavour. Whether it's a family member, friend, or mentor, capturing their life story in a book is a profound way to preserve their legacy. But how do you know if this is the right move? OKAY! Therefore, we'd like to help you with this situation, based from our own experience. 

This blog piece is  for anyone who might be wanting to get something like this commissioned but does’t know where to start! 

1. Reflect on Their Impact on Your Life

Think about the influence this person has had on your life. Have they been a source of inspiration, guidance, or support? If their actions or words have significantly shaped who you are, their story might resonate deeply with you and others.

Try This: Grab a piece of paper and jot down the top three lessons or moments you've shared with this person. Seeing these memories written down can help clarify their impact on your life.

2. Consider Their Unique Experiences

Does this person have a story that stands out? Extraordinary achievements, significant challenges overcome, or unique life events make for compelling biographies. Think about their journey – have they travelled extensively, achieved something remarkable, or faced and conquered substantial obstacles?

Activity: Make a timeline of their life highlighting key milestones and unique experiences. This visual can help you see the richness of their story.

3. Assess the Emotional Connection

Emotional connection is crucial in biography writing. If their story evokes strong emotions in you, it’s likely to resonate with a broader audience as well. Consider how you feel when you think about their life – do you feel pride, admiration, or deep affection?

Quick Exercise: Write a short paragraph about how this person makes you feel. These emotions can guide your decision and serve as the heartbeat of your biography.

4. Gather Perspectives from Family and Friends

Discuss your idea with others who know the person well. Family members, friends, and colleagues can provide additional insights and anecdotes that you might not be aware of. Their perspectives can enrich the biography and confirm whether it’s a story worth telling.

Group Activity: Host a small gathering or virtual meet-up to discuss this idea. Collect stories and opinions from others to get a fuller picture and maybe even uncover some hidden gems.

5. Ensure Willingness to Share

It’s essential that the person, or their close family if they have passed, is willing to share their story. Some people might be private and reluctant to open up about their lives. Ensure there’s a mutual understanding and agreement before proceeding.

In summary!

Deciding to get a biography made on someone you know is a deeply personal and impactful decision. By reflecting on their impact, unique experiences, and your emotional connection, and by gathering perspectives, ensuring willingness, and evaluating your commitment, you can make an informed choice. If you conclude that this is a journey worth embarking on, you will be preserving a legacy that will inspire and move generations to come.

Join Us: If you need help navigating this process, Kagaz ke Phool is here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you craft a beautiful, lasting tribute to the special people in your life.

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