Guide to Write a Diary

Diaries are a private record of entries which describe what happened over the course of the day or another, free from outside judgement and criticism. It is something private and personal and a place where you can write about anything that comes to mind. There are different types of diaries like travel diaries, health diaries, food diaries and more. But if you are looking for one with collective ideas, or maybe you have yet to decide what you want to write, read our guide to write a diary find out more.

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Tips to Start a Diary

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1. Decide what to write

In a diary, you can also first create a ‘content page’ which list the different types of the topic that you want to cover in your diary. Some of which could be: Travel, Food, Health, Sports, Fashion, Academic/Work, Relationships with others and Sports. But if there is a specific topic that you want a separate diary specifically for its purpose, then start a separate diary for it, and you can consider putting a summary in your main diary.

2. Create a schedule

Having a specific time of the day to write your diaries helps you to stick to, but it is for you to decide on the frequency of when you want to write in it. The more you make writing in your diary a part of your routine, the more helpful a practice it will become. It is also suggested to set a time frame where you write your entries, so you will not get carried away while you are writing. Depending on the topics that you wish to discuss, we suggest for the time frame to be between 30 minutes to an hour.

3. Writing your first Diary Entry

Before you write your first paragraph, always date your entries so in future when you wish to refer back to a specific date, it will be easier to find the entry. For your first entry, write an introduction on the purpose of the diary and the schedule that you have planned out to write in the diary.

With much discussion about diary entry, if you are unsure about how to write one. Check out our article on diary entries for a more detailed write up which discuss what a diary entry is and how to write a diary entry.

4. Write like you’re writing to a friend

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Diaries are something that is kept personal, so don’t worry that someone else will peep into your diary and be honest when you write. Treat your diary as a trusted friend or family and discuss things honestly.

Tips for new Journal Writers

If this your first time keeping a diary, afraid not as there is always a first time in everything. Diary writing could be a FUN thing to do, and it is still a good thing to discuss and reflect on certain activities. But also don’t be too fixated on how to write a journal and let your creativity flows. Free writing is probably the best way to start writing.

Keys to Successfully Write a Diary

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Diary writing is not a competition, but to write a successful diary always keep in mind, to be honest with yourself and don’t hold back. Stick to the schedule that you have set for yourself and be natural. Write in your own tone, the diary is yours! Don’t write in someone else’s voice.

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