There is no right or wrong way to write a journal
entry. However, we are going to try to give you some basic tips so as to get
you started in no time. None of those tips is mandatory, just make of them what
you wish and take some inspiration to just get started. You will know on your
own what to do from there…
A few basic questions
Regardless of the style you chose for your diary, it
will help to ask yourself some questions before actually writing anything down.
What happened today in your life?
Do you have some future dreams you might want to talk
Are you thinking of travelling?
Is there some project you are working on?
What is happening in your love life?
Do you feel like talking about your family and friends?
Once you have your thoughts focused on something, just
start writing it down.
A journaling prompt is a good idea
Lack of inspiration, anyone? No problem! If you can’t
make your mind up about what to write exactly, try some journaling prompt: most
likely, they will help you get started.
What the very first thing that you can remember?
What did you like/dislike in school, and why?
Describe your first kiss, and the feelings it
triggered in you
What is your darkest secret?
Who is the most important person in your life?
Time for writing is there, if you make it
If you have a set time to write, you will be able to
plan in your mind what is worth writing about and what not throughout the day.
Also, this way you will begin looking forward to it, and enhance the chances of
making a habit out of it.
Write, write and… Write!
You can always write too little, but you can never
write too much. The more you write, the more you will feel like it. As in many
things in life, the first few times you might need to force yourself, but soon
enough it will turn into a fun activity and you will know exactly what to do,
Write the letters you have never sent
How many times you wish you wrote to someone, but
failed to do so? Think back to those moments and do write what you wanted to
say. It doesn’t matter if they these letters will never be sent: what really matters
is that you wrote them, eventually. There is no need for a specific recipient,
either: they can be letters to your future self or to some lost love.
Who said your view is the only one?
You can feel free to try and describe an event from
different perspectives, such as parents’, or some of your friends’. Putting
yourself in somebody else’s shoes, even if just for the duration of your entry,
can help you see things differently, and is a healthy practice.
Attach pictures to your memories
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and
your diary should definitely feature some. Diaro can easily import pictures
from your phone and place them in your entry, forever safe and secure for you
to see later. A picture is a great starting point for an entry, or the perfect
conclusion for it, as long as it is there.
Your diary, your stream of consciousness
Do you feel the urge to write down a concept, a poem
or just a crazy idea? Sometimes you just need a word, other times you might
want to write for hours: just do it. Never fight the urge to write down your
inner feelings, you will certainly feel much better after storing your memories
away. Nobody can tell you what is right and what is wrong, so just write,
whenever you feel like it, for as long as you want.