19 Feb

I have kept a training diary to record my training plans and my feelings and emotions for a long time. Eliud Kipchoge

It's not easy keeping a diary. You have to be pretty committed. Karl Pilkington

Today I start a diary; it is against my usual habits, but out of a clearly felt need.  Robert Musil

Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I've never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Anne Frank

History time: 

Samuel Pepys (1633–1703) is the earliest diarist who is well known today; his diaries, preserved in Magdalene College, Cambridge, were first transcribed and published in 1825. Pepys was amongst the first who took the diary beyond mere business transaction notation, into the realm of the personal.

Definition time: 

1 : a record of events, transactions, or observations kept daily or at frequent intervals : journal especially : a daily record of personal activities, reflections, or feelings. 

8 Tips for Writing a Diary Entry

Since diary entries are like chapters in a book, you first have to decide what your book is going to be about. Brainstorm ideas for your diary, like whether you want it to be just about you or about a specific topic. Once you have a theme, then you can begin!

1. Date your entries

Since your diary will be kept over a long period of time, each of your entries should be dated based on when you write them.

2. Pick a topic

Like chapters in a book, you want your diary entry to have some sort of theme or direction. Is it about what you did today? Is it about an upcoming event? An event that already happened? Try and stay focused when writing.

3. Write naturally

Don’t feel like your entries need to impress anywhere. They are just for you, so relax and go for it.

4. Be truthful

The worst person to lie to is yourself, so when writing your entry try and be as honest as you can.

5. Be friendly

When you’re writing, try and write as if you’re writing to a friend. How would you tell a story to your best friend?

6. Keep writing

If you feel like you’re at a loss for words, just keep writing through it. Feel free to record your train of thought. Think about why you have hit a wall. What is getting in the way? Think about what you’re writing about and how that could be effecting your entry – and write about that thought process!

7. Re-read your entry

Once you have finished your entry, re-read your entry and maybe list some things you hope to focus on in your next entry. Reflect on what you have just wrote. Maybe some new things will come to mind that you can jot down before you put your diary down.

8. Make it a habit

The more frequently you write entries in your diary, the more you will enjoy doing it and the more you will learn from them. Set a certain time during the day that you want to write in your diary and try to keep to that schedule. The more you practice writing diary entries, the better you will become at it.

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