Take Ten for Writers Exercises : Biopic
Take Ten for Writers • No. 07
By Bonnie Neubauer
A biopic is a film that depicts and dramatizes the life of an important historical person, sometimes stretching the truth and telling the life story with varying degrees of accuracy.
For this exercise, think of a riveting event from your life; get a good mental picture of it. You will be using it as the basis of the opening scene for a biopic of your life. It’s up to you how screenwriter-ly you are in terms of dialogue and stage direction. If you enjoy this, write more scenes. They don’t have to be in any type of order or linked in any way; just write good, dramatic, visual scenes from your life.
Pick a number between 1 and 10: ______.
Find your number below.
Find your number here. This is a group of suggestions on where in your life story you might find a good scene to open your biopic.
Now TAKE TEN minutes and WRITE!
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This printable writing exercise is published with permission from Take Ten for Writers © 2009 Bonnie Neubauer. All rights reserved.
TAKE TEN Take-Away
The distinction between autobiography and memoir is often confusing. Here’s the skinny on how to tell them apart: An autobiography is about a total life, from birth to death, often in chronological order. A memoir focuses on a slice of life, in detail, often using fiction-writing techniques to relay the story. •
Bonnie Neubauer is the author of Write-Brain Workbook, Take Ten for Writers, and Punny Costumes; creator of Story Spinner, an online and handheld creative writing tool; and founder of JoyRox, the hidden rock project. More »