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how to write a diary

HOW

TO

WRITE

A

DIARY

diaries are wonderful objects that give writers

Diariesarewonderfulobjectsthatgivewritersachancetolet

outpentupemotions, recorddreamsorideas, andreflecton

dailylife. Thoughthereisnosingle, definitivewaytowritea

diary, thereareanumberofsimpletipsyoucanusetomake

eachentrysomethingmeaningful.

IN A

HURRY?

Whenstartingyourdiary, writeaboutthingsyoufindimportant

likeyourdailylifeordreams. You’retheonlypersonwhowill

seetheseentries, sobehonestanduseasmanydetailsasyou

want. Diariesareintimateobjects, sofeelfreetopersonalize

yourswithsketchesandillustrations. Tomakesureyouwrite

regularly, createadiaryscheduleandsticktoit. Fortipson

labelingeachdiaryentry, oradviceonhowtohideyourdiary

fromothers, readon!

PART 1

Making Decisions about Your Diary

1Consideryourdiaryrequirements.

Thetypeofdiaryyouchoosedependsonyourwritingstyle,

personalpreferences, andotherfactors. Takesometimeto

considerdiarytypebeforepurchasingadiary.

Takeyourhandwritingintoconsideration. Howbigdoyouusuallywrite? If

youhavesmall, neathandwritingadiarywithsmallermarginsandline

spacesmightbeideal. Ifyourhandwritingtendstobebiggerandmessier,

optforadiarywithlargermargins. Youcouldevenchooseadiarywithwhite

pagesandnolines--thisisespeciallygoodifyouliketosketchalongside

yourwritings.

Howdurabledoyouwantyourdiarytobe? Somethinglikeamoleskin

notebookissomewhatexpensive, around $15to $20, butit'sverydurable.

Youmaybeabletofindcheaperdiariesatsupermarkets, craftstores, and

thrift/charityshops.

Doyouplanoncarryingyourdiarywithyou? Manypeopleliketohavea

diaryornotebookontheirpersonatalltimestowritedownday-to-day

observations. Ifthat'syourplan, considerpurchasingapocket-sizedorsmall

diarythatcaneasilyfitinapurseortotebag.

let go of worries about the quality of your

Letgoofworriesaboutthequalityofyourwriting. Yourdiaryisasafespace

foryoutoventandsharewithoutthepressuresofexternaljudgment. Tryto

takeafewminutesatthebeginningofeachentrytosimplyfreewrite. That

is, writequicklyandwithoutinhibition. Jotdownthefirstthingsthatcome

tomindwhenconsideringyourday, currentmood, andanyfeelingsyou're

strugglingwith.[4]

Manypeoplehaveepiphaniesaboutthemselvesandtheirrelationships

throughhonestdiarywriting. Beopentolearningaboutyourselfasyou

write.[5]

2Decidewheretostoreyourdiary.

Ifyouwanttokeepyourdiaryprivate, findadiscreetplaceto

storeitinyourhome. Considerhidingitunderyourmattress,

underyourclothesinadresserdrawer, oranyotherplace

wherepeopleareunlikelytopokearound. Ifyou'renotworried

aboutprivacy, keepyourdiaryinaneasy-to-reachplaceclose

toyourdesk, bed, orwhereveryouplanonwriting.

3Considerhowyou'llmarkentries.

Therearevariousmannersyoucanmarkentriesinadiary.

Somepeopleenjoydatingtheirentriessothey'llrememberthe

roughtimeframewhenrereadingtheirworks. Otherpeople

prefershorttitlestoeachentry. Becreativeandhavefun. Use

whatevermethodfeelsrightforyou.[1]

Somepeopleusesignaturestomarkentries. Ifyouenjoyleavingasignature,

feelfreetodoso. However, privacymaybeanissue. Ifyourdiaryis

accidentallylost, thewordswillbelinkedtoyou. Ifyou'rerecording

particularlyprivatethoughts, youmaynotwantthis. Considerinitials

instead.

PART 2

Writing Diary Entries

1Behonest.

Diariescanbecognitivelybeneficial. AstudyatUniversityof

Californiashowedthatwritingaboutfeelingshonestlyhelps

thebrainregulateemotion.[2] Asyouwriteyourdiary, trytobe

ashonestaspossibleinyourentries. Thisisgoodforyour

emotionalwell-being.

Manypeoplefinddiarywritingcatharticbecausetheycanletgoof

inhibitionsonthepageandtrulybethemselves. Feelfreetorecordyour

emotions, bothpositiveandnegative, intheirentiretyinyourdiary.[3]

if you live with other people and want privacy

Ifyoulivewithotherpeopleandwantprivacy, consideradiarywithalock.

However, keepinminddiarylocksaresometimesflimsyandeasilybroken.

Therearewebsitesthatallowyoutokeepadiaryonline. Onebenefittothis

isthatittakesuplessspaceandmanypeoplefeelmorecomfortabletyping

thanwritingbyhand. However, privacyisanissue. Evenifyoursiteis

passwordprotected, yourprivacyisnever100% secureonline. Someone

mightstumbleonyourdiaryonlineandgainaccesstoyourpersonal

information.

2Decidewhattowriteabout.

Therearemanydifferenttypesofdiaries. Somepeopleuse

diariestorecorddailyevents. Othersusethemtochronicle

dreams. Ifyou'reworkingtowardsagoal, likelosingweightor

completingacreativeproject, adiarycanbeagreatmeansto

discussyourfeelingsandprogress. Somepeoplerecordamix

ofdifferentthingsintheirdiary. It'suptoyouwhatyoufeelis

importanttorecord.

3Uselotsofdetails.

Diariesarealsoimportantastheypreservemomentsintheir

immediateaftermath. Memoryisfickleandprecisedetailsof

aneventtendtoblurwithtime. Usedetailsinyourdiary

entriestotrytopreservethemoment.[6]

Thinkaboutyourpastbeforeyoubeginwritinginyourdiary. Whatdoyou

wishyouremembered? Doyouwishyouhadbettermemoriesofyour

grandmother'slaugh? Doyouwishyoutookgreatertimetocommitto

memorythesmellofyourchildhoodbedroomonThanksgivingmorningas

yourmotherfixedbreakfast? Usetheselongingsasaguideinyourdiary.

Record, indetail, thosemomentsthatfeelprecioustoyouandthatyou'll

longtorecalllateron.[7]

However, youdecidehowmuchandwhatdetailyouwanttowrite. Some

peoplereallywantalotofdetail, forothers, afewnoteswilldo. Thisisyour

diary, andyougettodecidewhatyourfocusis.

Youshouldbeashonestinyourdescriptionsasyouareinyourventing. You

wantyourdiarytopreserveyourmemoriesandperspectiveofanevent. Talk

aboutthingsintermsthatmakesensetoyou. [8]

4 maintain a schedule many people struggle

4Maintainaschedule.

Manypeoplestruggletofindthetimetowriteadiaryentry

eachday. Ifyou'reinterestedinmaintainingadiary, trytostick

tosomethingofaschedule.

Writeinyourdiaryaroundthesametimeeachday. Thisway, writinginyour

diarywillbecomeasmuchapartofyourscheduleasbrushingyourteethat

nightorshoweringinthemorning.[9]

Donotsetascheduleyoudonotthinkyoucankeep. Ifyoudon'treasonably

thinkyou'llbeabletowriteinyourdiaryeverynight, don'tcommityourself

todoingso. Instead, chooseamorelaxschedule. Planonwritinganentry3

timesaweekinstead.

Pickatimetowritewhereyoudonothaveotherobligationsorexternal

timeconstraints.

4Writeshortentrieswhenyou'repressedfortime.

Everyonegetsbusyfromtime-to-time. Ifyou'reinarush, just

writeashorterentry. Jotdownthebareminimumofyour

feelingsandthoughts. Getoutwhateverfeelsmostpressing

andimmediate. Youcanalwaysrecordmoreaboutanevent

laterintheweekwhenyouhavetime. Simplytrytogetoutthe

basicdetailsbeforeyouforget.[10]

PART 3

Personalizing Your Diary

1Addillustrations.

Ifyouwantmakeyourdiarymorepersonal, consideradding

illustrations. Thiscanbeafunwaytomakeyourdiarymore

personal. Somepeoplefinditeasiertodrawthanwritein

words - andthat'sgreat!

Somepeoplehavingaparticularillustrationortypeofillustrationoneach

page. Forexample, ifyouhaveacatyou'reattachedtoyoucoulddrawa

smallsketchofyourcatatthebottomofeachpage. Ifyouwanttogetmore

detailed, considerdrawingthecatdifferentbasedonseasons. Inthe

summer, hecouldbewearingsunglasses. Hecouldbesleddinginthe

winter.[11]

Youcouldalsoincludeillustrationsofsomethematerialyou'rewriting

about. Youcouldaddasmallsketchattheendoftheentryorsketchinthe

margins. Drawpicturesofthepeopleyousawthatday, thefoodyouate, the

moviesyouwatched, reallyanythingmemorable.[12]

2 alter the cover some diaries come with

2Alterthecover.

Somediariescomewithdecorativecovers, butsomeareplain.

Ifyourcoverissimplydull, youmightwanttoadddecoration.

Youcanwriteyournameincolorful, funlettering. Youcanadd

stickersorglueoncutoutsfrommagazinesornewspapers. You

candrawonthecoverwithcoloredpencilsormarkers. Have

funandbecreative.

3Buyapersonalizedjournal.

Youcanpurchasepersonalizedjournalsonlineifyoudon'tfeel

comfortablecraftingyourself. Youcanusuallychoosefroma

handfulofillustrationsortemplatesandcanaddthingslike

yournameandaddresstotheinsidecover. Somejournals,

usuallymarketedtowardsayoungeraudience, mayinclude

writingpromptsandfillintheblankpagesinside.

4 Donotgooverboard.

Remember, it'sadiaryandnotascrapbook. Itcanbefunto

addmementoslikeconcerttickets, photographs, and

brochuresfromplacesyou'vevisited. However, addingtoo

muchcanmakeyourdiarylooklikeascrapbook. Adiaryshould

beprimarilyusedforwritingratherthancollaging.

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