How many of you began to write diary entries at an early age ?
Did that writing of yours help you now- while on Hubpages ? How important a part of one's life is writing a diary entry ?
I started at 11 years, but stopped at 23 years.
The diary was very important to me and I tried not to miss a single day. When I was 23 years, I stopped writing in diaries and started writing poems and stories.
The first daily records I ever wrote was when I was in my early teens. I was assigned to keep a travel diary every day of a two week road trip with my family. We probably put close to 5,000 miles on the car and passed through many states, most of which I had not yet ever been in. Every day, I would write something interesting that happened.
In my early twenties, I kept a daily journal. Gradually, over a period of years, I did that less and less. Now, I rarely do it, instead trying to write things for publication on the internet at least monthly.
I still enjoy writing travel journals and stories, though it is not what I mainly write about. Daily writing is like exercise. It keeps you strong at what you do.
I started at Disney World as a kid when I had a Tigger one I had just bought. I stopped soon after as I lost interest. You know how we are as kids.
I started writing dairy entries at the age of ten encouraged by my mother. I remember that I wrote for one consecutive week, after which I abandoned that wondeful habit.
Ten years after, I resumed the habit, but only to stop it after a few months. During this time, I remember to have written the most memorable writings on a piece of paper.
In the present, I don´t keep dairy entries; however, I´m thinking on writing dairy entries on the following years as a writing exercise.
I used to love writing in my diary. I think that all began when I first read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was about in the sixth grade.
I don't really know if it helped me, but it furthered my love of writing about all kinds of things.
I did. It was some of my earliest experience with writing, which I love to this very day. Don't have any of them any more, which is probably a good thing- I cringe to think what I wrote back in those awkward, gawky days!
It's good that you wrote from an early age, but I think that not having the previous entries won't help. These old entries help you recollect what kind of a person you were years ago and how, now, you are becoming a better person. Just my voice here.
I've been keeping a diary since i was about 8. I remember when I got my first one. I still have it too! Though recently I haven't been able to write. I look at the blank page and unable to write anything that has to do with my reality or mentality, anything really that I ever used to write about. If I'm writing articles or working on my fiction, it's not a problem.
I discovered journal or diary writing at a very young age. The impetus of doing so came from author Dorothy Brande's,"Becoming A Writer" in which she emphasizes the importance of writing every day. To paraphrase her, she points to the fact that if you write every day consistently for six weeks, that you'll do so for the rest of your life.
When first I started writing in journals, I was an adolescent filled with complex issues involving school, family, and the opposite sex. Reading her book and taking her advice could not have came at a better time. I soon learned that free writing was therapeutic for my mind and that to write down all of my problems was the act of "drawing out the poison" that threatened to consume me on a daily basis.
By the time I reached my freshman year of college, I filled up 17 CVS 3-Subject spiral notebooks, 200 pages (double-sided). I received a call one day from my mom asking me if it would be all right if she threw them out? I almost flipped. I told her to not touch them, no matter what. To me, those 17 spiral notebooks were worth more to me than anything else in the world.
In the process of writing longhand in my journals, I discovered what writers call a "voice." I discovered a freedom that I didn't know existed; an outlet in which my mind could breathe freely amidst a world that was determined to suffocate me.
Safe to say, writing saved my life and it continues to do so to this day.
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