1. Questioning | 2. Learning | 3. Synthesis | 4. Story-Telling | Six Traits of Effective Writing
4. Telling the Life Story

Some biographies present a long list of details and facts strung out like pants, shirts and socks on a line.

Your job is to take the insights you created in the previous section - Synthesis - and blend them together into a series of well crafted paragraphs which tell the really important stories.

A good story offers drama, excitement, human interest, passion and suspense. Tell this person's story so your audience will be at the edge of their seats wanting to learn more.

Once you have completed these paragraphs, you will employ the Six Traits of Effective Writing to refine and improve your story.

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