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Diary Entry

Have you all heard of the famous book by a little Jewish girl called Anne Frank? The book was an adaptation made out of a teenage deceased girl’s diary that was later published by her only surviving family member: her father. But why did she write a diary entry in the first place? Why does anyone write a diary at all? Well, the answer is simple – to express oneself. Let us learn more about diary entry.

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Diary Entry

Maintaining a diary is generally a very good habit. One can always check facts looking back, remember events, find an outlet and effectively document one’s life this way. Some people even name their diaries and address them like an imaginary friend.

A personal journal it’s a private possession. This diary usually is just for you and it’s not for public reading, so one can write liberally. But for the benefit of the readers, we’d like to show you all how is a diary entry generally written. What we are laying down here are good practices that one can inculcate while writing their diary entry.

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Diary Entry: What to Expect?

A Diary is a journal organized by date where you express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, and plans. Be as candid as you can. This journal is your safe place. If you don’t know where to start, start by writing about your day, about yourself, and so on…

Diary Entry

Tips on How to Write a Diary Entry

  • Always mention the date

Pick a corner and keep it for mentioning dates of your diary entry. You may not write every day. Some people are also specific about time and place as well. Again, it’s about personal preferences. Since one usually keeps a diary for a long period of time, it’s wiser to think out a general format for your diary entries and stick to it. You may iterate and change a few things depending on how you feel like, no one’s watching it. I personally choose the top left for mentioning the date.

  • Choose a subject

Just like a chapter, usually, there’s a reason why you reached out to make a diary entry. Sometimes it’s what happened that day or sometimes it is to write about something you want to do in the future or maybe to just mark an event that triggered a strong emotion in you like happiness, anger, excitement, etc. Whatever it is that you picked your journal for, your diary entry will have a topic that way.

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  • Voice

Now, we always address our entries in the first person. If you want, you can give it a name. Usually, people address their diary entries as – “Dear Diary”

  • Be honest, it’s you who are talking to

The key thing about a diary entry is that it is always kept truthful, natural and free-flowing. Trust your thought train and don’t stop or mince words for the fear of being watched or judged. It is your space to let out all your feelings, don’t hold back.

  • Make it a habit

Well, this one, I personally think, you only have to remind yourself as you begin to write. Eventually, it sort of becomes this friend you reach out to automatically. Most of the times you will find it very therapeutic to maintain a diary. It’s wonderful how when you let out all the emotions out, sometimes the endings get quite conclusive and lead in a positive direction. Like you already knew the answer to your questions yourself. You just had to get all the foggy clouds of emotions out of your way to see it.

Diary Entry: A Sample

September 28, 2017

Becky’s basement

Dear Diary,

Today, Becky and I went to the pond and lay our heads on the green grass for hours until sundown. It was a mesmerizing experience. I hope my friends from my hometown Sri Nagar can one day share that experience with us here.

Oh and we were also very close to getting punished for bringing puppies inside the class today. Shaanu warned us in time and we could manage to sneak the puppies out in time.

I am preparing a song for the choir singing this Sunday. Hope I don’t stutter like last time.

Will be writing soon again.

Jenna

 

So what are you waiting for? Go get your favorite book or online diary and scribble away to glory. Have fun with English!

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Solved Question for You

Q. In which format would you write about the following: Driving a car for the first time

  1. Poster
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  3. Dairy Entry
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Solution: C.

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