Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Story of your life

Now that I'm settled in a job I enjoy, I've stopped thinking so much about my future. I used to think and fret about my next step constantly, but now that I'm where I've wanted to be for a long time, I'm sitting back a bit.

But the other day, I read an obituary of New Zealand's greatest war heroine Nancy Wake (who I did a blog post about), and then I was so inspired by her story that I went and bought the book by Peter Fitzsimons. That got me thinking. My favourite kinds of stories to write for the paper are life stories - not necessarily obituaries - just the story of a person's life, and, at the risk of blowing my own trumpet, I'm quite good at it. So I said to myself, "I would make a good biographer".

But it seems to me like a biographer is one of those career paths people just fall into, they don't plan it. I read up on Peter Fitzsimons, and he is a rugby player turned journalist who ended up writing a few biographies.

So I ask you: How does one become a biographer?

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