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This simple bare bones autobiography outline template uses two key failures and a success, the classic three-act dramatic structure that has enthralled theatre-going audiences for centuries.
It provides a quick and practical guide for beginning an autobiography. For teachers, the points work through traditional autobiographical structure.
To start, fill in the blanks below, as an outline of the manuscript. Then fill in the details for your first draft.
Each of these categories acts as a rough chapter divider. Develop each section with relevant details to provide traditional structure, focus, and movement to your autobiography.
For help understanding how to develop each chapter, look at the professional autobiographies below for ideas about what to include in each section.
I favour the autobiographies that utilize very short scenes, such as in Gandhi An Autobiography , and Autobiography of a Fat Bride, but books with longer chapters better illustrate the structure suggested above.
Each of these books has a "look inside" button that will allow you to see the table of contents. Please note how a table of contents is really a detailed autobiography outline: