Writing in a diary is an excellent habit to get into. Not only is your diary entry writing practice, it gets you in the habit of writing something everyday. You can also look back on your diary entries and uncover plots and themes to write about later. Nearly all professional writers keep some sort of daily diary or journal. It’s a great way to explore new writing techniques!
Diary Entry Writing Prompts
If you are stumped on what to write in your diary entry, use these prompts to help you out.
Entry Prompt 1
Write a fictional diary entry for a fake person. What does that person care about? What happens in a typical day for that person? Are there any events the person would want to be sure to write down to remember later? Try to make the entry as realistic as possible for that person’s universe, which could be anything from historical to space aliens.
Once, I spend an entire year writing a fake diary. It was a lot of fun.
Diary Entry Prompt 2
Stick to the facts for this one. Try to remember exactly what you did that day or the day before. Get as specific as possible. This will not only build your writing skills, but it will stretch your memory and build your descriptive writing skills as well.
Entry Prompt 3
Write down what happened today or yesterday but only write it down based on how it made you feel. Try to use words that convey emotion rather than simple facts. When you read back this entry, it should feel over-the-top emotional. Try to see if you can get someone to read it back and report on whether they could feel the same emotions while reading that you did while writing and experiencing the event.
Diary Entry Prompt 4
Write your diary entry in a different format, such as using bullet points only, or skipping any adjectives. Do something a little silly and out-of-the-box. Maybe make a cartoon or drawing of your diary entry for the day.
Do you keep a daily diary? What do you use it for?