Not only is tomorrow the first day of Fall (which is my favorite season) but tomorrow is also “Dear Diary Day.” It’s a day celebrating how we document our lives.
When I was younger, I kept a few diaries. Not consistently. And I would forget for months at a time, but I would try. I don’t keep a diary now mostly because I think my life too boring which honestly isn’t true, but I do know my characters’ lives are far more interesting. I mean I give them intense conflict.
So take today (or tomorrow since that’s the actual day) to do one of the following:
Start writing a diary (keeping up with it for at least a week).
Your life is not that boring (promise). I realize in hindsight that, especially the past few years, I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve done so many things that younger me would never have believed possible. That’s probably why I’ve started making personal posts on here–to document those moments.
I still haven’t gotten to the point of diary writing, but maybe it’s not for me. You should try a few posts just to see if it’s something you should do. Maybe it’s the key to getting you out of a writer’s block.
This blog is usually my go to when I don’t know what to write. Maybe this blog is secretly my diary.
Write a diary page as one of your characters (or all of them).
It’ll help you understand their voice more and develop how your character thinks. If you’ve been stuck on character development, this exercise might be the best thing to try.
Try Something New
There’s no real downside to writing a diary entry (as yourself or as a character). You’ll develop your craft more, document a time during your life, or document a time during your character’s life. Imagine if your character was going through your currently life. What would their diary entry look like?
With that, I will leave you. And hopefully not accidentally type diary as dairy for the fifth time (I believe I caught all my typos).
Let me know if you write in a diary. Has it helped you as a writer? Or helped you through troubling times? If you’ve never written in a diary, try your hand at it this week and let me know how it goes.
Or just write as your character and see how crazy they can be on paper.
Until next week!