How to Keep a Secret Diary

It's okay that you want no one to look at the secrets in diary. This is your diary, not anyone else's.Secrets are secrets, and a diary is a best place to write your secret thoughts and feelings about the day. Just make sure nobody finds out!


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    Argue with yourself. 90% of the time, people who want to keep a secret diary or journal, end up only writing about twice a month, or just give up at about May. If you can't bring yourself to keep a commitment, wait another year, then you will be older and more sensible.
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    Buy two notebooks, a boring, school-type notebook, and a really fancy frilly one with the word "Diary" written on at the front. You may want to buy one more notebook. Just in case you lost one.
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    Swap round the two notebooks! The boring, plain notebook will be your secret diary, and the fancy frilly one will be your decoy.
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    In your actual diary, stick a printed piece of paper inside saying your name, email and telephone number inside so people know where to give it back if it gets lost. Some diary keepers like to offer a prize to the person who found it. This makes it more likely for the person to return it. You may want tell a person you trust to keep it safe and not look at it.
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    Write some really stupid, boring entries in your decoy. Say something like: "Today I got up, lived my day, and went to bed." Write it again and again, and soon people will get bored in reading it and give up.
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    Get a lock and key for your real diary, this stops other people reading it, even though it blends in. Or you can just buy a notebook that comes with a lock.
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    Don't forget to write daily. Of course, this is a secret diary, and secrets should be interesting. Even if you can't spot an interesting part of a day straight away, there is always fun in even the most boring of days! Perhaps you want to complain about a strict teacher? Or maybe you want to write about your crush? It's up to you, but you will need to keep to your commitment.
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    Don't worry if you have missed out a day, week, or even a month! It's natural, and blank pages mean something too! They mean you were feeling very lazy on that day, or you really couldn't find anything interesting about that day (which is almost impossible, but is possible!) and there was no point in writing. If you have found you have seriously forgotten to write a lot, and missed about three months, don't try to write and catch up. If you do, you are not writing your true, present feelings and your diary will no longer be a true diary.
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    Frequently make comments like: ' Diaries are boring'. This just shows you don't keep a diary so people won't go looking. If a teacher asks in class: 'Who keeps a diary?', don't raise your hand! Students will look round and will know who's diary to look for.
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    Have fun! If you are not enjoying your diary, carry on until the end of the year, but just don't do one next year! Simple as that!


  • Consider using code names for people you write about regularly such as your crush. If someone does find your diary they won't know who you are talking about.
  • If an online diary is not an option (say, if you often travel and may be without internet service for days or weeks at a time), you can keep a word processing document(such as is created by Microsoft Office Word, Apple's Pages, or various -often free- plain-text notepad programs) on your personal computer as a diary. Some word processing programs allow you to password-lock your documents, and some operating systems may allow you to password-lock whole folders of documents if locking each individual document is not possible.
  • A safe alternative to keeping a physical diary is keeping a private online diary. There are many websites that can be used as online diaries, such as Livejournal or Xanga, many of which allow you to lock your diary with a password so that others cannot access it. There are also several smartphone apps that can be used as diaries (the iPhone apps Memo and Planner S are free calendar/notepad combination apps that allow you to lock them with a password).
  • Be careful, you may not know it, but there may be someone who is out there that is planning to steal your secret diary and read it.
  • If you want absolutely no one to know what you say in your diary, use a secret code.
  • Keep your decoy diary in a safe place but also look able. This way if some goes to your room and search for your diary, they might find not your decoy one and read that.
  • If you want to take your diary to school, do not put it in your locker. If you have a binder, make a separate folder for your diary in your binder. Just make sure that no one is looking and that the folder is not clear that it is your diary.


  • Never ask a friend to help you write your diary entry. You may not be friends with them later on and they will know what your real diary looks like and might even know where you keep the key! Just keep your diary to yourself.
  • Be aware of the fact that there is always the possibility that someone will pick up your disguised real diary, thinking that it is the book it appears to be.
  • If you use an online or digital diary(as mentioned in the Tips section), be sure to password protect it so that it is private

Things You'll Need

  • A plain notebook
  • Another notebook or diary of your choice
  • A book cover/jacket
  • Pens, pencils, or other writing utensils with which you will write in your diary

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