There's more to diary writing than you think
For some reason, there's a stigma against keeping a diary. People think it's trivial to sit and write about your own life, yet so many bestselling books in the nonfiction genre are memoirs of someone famous. If we're all honest, memoir is just a fancy name for a diary anyway. So what's holding you back from starting a diary? Here are 7 reasons why you should start writing one today.
1. It sparks creativity
Something I like to do when I'm not sure where to start on a new story is to read through my old journal entries. More often than not, I come across a random thought I had 2 years ago that sparks the ol’ fire in my brain and gets a piece of fiction going. Fiction is inspired by real life after all.
2. It improves your writing
On that note, diary writing isn’t just a source of writing inspiration. The process of writing regularly is undoubtedly going to improve your writing. The best part is that you can watch as it happens over time. Writing is hard, but practicing makes it a little easier.
3. It’s cheaper than a therapist
Ok, you should probably still go to a therapist, but keeping a diary is surprisingly therapeutic. All those thoughts and emotions, no matter how big or small, that we keep bottled up during the day are released on the page making it easier to deal. A diary doesn't judge. It's liberating to write like no one's reading.
4. It helps you remember things
If you ever become a century’s old vampire, you’re going to need to jot a few life events down to remember them. Even if you’re mortal, memories have a funny way of fading quickly. Writing things down as they happen to you make you sharper and helps you to process your memories, whether they're good or bad.
5. It helps you set goals
It's important to set goals for yourself, because it gives your dreams and desires a more concrete feel, which in turn means they're more likely to become reality. Plus, if you have all your goals written down in one place, then whenever you're feeling a bit lost, you can refer back to your diary and get yourself back on track.
6. It makes you happier
There is a study that shows writing in a diary makes you happier. No, seriously, it's even in The Guardian. As the study states, “Writing seems to help the brain regulate emotion unintentionally” since it reduces activity in the amygdala, the part of the brian that processes emotions. Welp, I can't argue with that sound science.
7. It helps you find your voice
As writers, we’re all trying to figure out who we are, what our style is, and what we want to tell the world. These things make up our voice and it is a life long experiment to discovering what sets us apart from other writers. A diary is the perfect place to experiment with your writing style or to flesh out an idea before revealing it to the world.
But please, if your diary starts writing back to you, destroy it immediately!