Who Am I? The Question Killing Your Bio Writing

And what to ask yourself instead.

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Thinking vs. Being

Thinking about who you are opens up a world of possibilities, both positive and negative, and more often than not ends up with Ego in control. He’ll lead you through areas of self-doubt and shame, patches of fear, and whole swathes of self-imposed labels and constructions about who you think you are, who you’d like to be, and who you think you’re expected to be.

The Dilemma

The dilemma is that no one can write a bio all about who they are not.

We Are Verbs Not Nouns

Then the Universe threw me a bone. Or rather, Austin Kleon threw me a bone. In his newsletter, he shared his post entitled We Are Verbs Not Nouns which is inspired by this quote from Stephen Fry:

“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it — that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing — an actor, a writer — I am a person who does things — I write, I act — and I never know what I’m going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

The problem of writing awesome and authentic bios and about pages lies in the question. The question shouldn’t be who am I, but rather what am I doing, because we are verbs, not nouns.


If you’re struggling to write your bios, try changing the question. Instead of who am I, ask yourself: what am I doing? Throw off that label, break out of that box, and focus on how you spend your time.

Consultant at work, writer at heart. Interested in creative, intentional living. https://veritymarques.substack.com/

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