When starting a biography paper, it is important to begin with the basic facts about a person's life, including the person's birthplace, which often includes the date and the city they were born in, followed by general facts about the selected individual. These facts include: who the person is, whether the individual is dead or alive, what makes the person famous or noteworthy, or why the individual is unique.
After establishing the basic facts, it is helpful to make a note of what other information is useful to know about the person, as well as what components of the individual's life should be included in the biography. Also, when planning out the remainder of the biography, it is useful to make a note of important dates, events and achievements throughout the subject's life along with any hobbies or interests that should be included. The amount of detail necessary will depend on the general length of the paper.