How to keep your new diary going on 'ordinary' days

How to keep your new diary going on 'ordinary' days

Have you just started a diary? Maybe it seemed like a good idea on Jan. 1, or whenever you got it as a present -- but today's just an ordinary, foggy weekday. What's so great about writing in your diary today?

Well, what's ordinary today isn't going to be ordinary in a few weeks... or a few months. As I start Volume 43 of my own diary, I can vouch for that.

All I really need to remember is the date for something. Beyond that, I can look it up. But when I first started writing every night, sometimes I'd just write that "It was the same old thing" or "It was an ordinary day."

But I soon found out that those were no fun to look up!

Whether your day has been "one for the record books" or "one to slam the book on," try to get some of the facts down on paper. Then add some wishes.

What did you wish for that didn't happen?

What happened that you wished would end?

How long has something ordinary been going on?

What happened in the rest of the world? Do you wish you were there?

Are you glad for an ordinary day after a string of crazy ones? Or is it another crazy day that leaves you wishing for what was ordinary -- how long ago?

Before long, you'll be noticing more and more material... even if it's only to think "Oh, I want to put that in my diary -- and I want to do it right now!"

Happy writing, fellow diarists!


Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook.


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  • Wonderful advice--most inspiring, thank you!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thank you very much.

  • Once Trump is swore in, the entrees in my diary for each day will be "he hasn't destroyed the world yet."

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    At some point, that's going to run out.

  • In reply to jack:

    I'm notorious (to myself until now) for writing scary predictions of what may happen tomorrow. Let's hope we're all bad at that for a while longer.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    'sworn' not 'swore'

    'entries' not 'entrees'

    At least I didn't spell 'diary' 'dairy'.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you. Having written the words "Dear Diary" so often, you should see how often a scribble accompanies my efforts to write the word "dairy." (There would be two scribbles if the preceding attempt were hand-written!)

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Hang onto hope, my friend, and may we all be as bad at predictions as I seem to be some nights.

  • Thank you, Margaret - I love these questions you have provided for writing diary entires on "ordinary" days - of which there are many. It helps to look for interest and locate the extraordinary in the ordinary.

  • In reply to folkloric:

    You're welcome, folkloric. I'm glad you love them. I have learned so much by looking back in my diary over the decades that I want to pass along some of what I've found. I never know when something that seems ordinary as I put the diary down one night will be precious and rare -- sometimes, it's the next night!

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