How to Start a Diary

One Methods:Sample Entries

Everyone has those little secrets which they want no one to know about, but at the same time can't stand not revealing to someone... or something. A simple solution to this dilemma is to keep a diary! A diary will be perfect to share your thoughts which you want to get out there, but also keep private. it can help release anger


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    Go to a local stationary shop, or any place that sells school supplies.
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    Find a notebook that you think would be the right size to write in for a long time. Make sure it has enough pages, and for a bonus, a nice color that reflects your personality.
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    Decorate it! Use your pens, pencils, and markers (stickers work fine as well) to decorate the cover of your diary. A diary with a cover that displays who you are is so much more interesting and motivating to write in than a plain covered diary.
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    Write a little bit about yourself on the very first page. You can write anything about yourself like your age, your school, maybe even some of your hobbies. You could write about your pets or best friends.
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    Doodle and stick tickets, photos and even sweet wrappers in. That way when you look back at it in so many years it will bring back more memories.
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    Remember to write the date, the time, where you are, who you're with, and right about the things that you want to say every single day.
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    Find a good hiding place once you are done with it everyday. Don't pick somewhere predictable like your sock drawer or under your pillow as snooping parents or siblings always know to look there. A hollow book or a dust jacket is a good place to hide it.
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    If you don't feel like writing someday, then don't. Forcing yourself to keep a journal is never fun. It will only make you feel like it's a responsibility and chore to write, and that is not the purpose of a diary. Write in it only when you feel like it. Then, it will become natural and you won't have to constantly remind yourself to.

Sample Entries

Sample Personal Journal Entry

Sample Reader Response Journal Entry

Sample Task Oriented Journal Entry


  • Remember, you must hide the diary really well so that no one else can lay eyes on it. If your siblings, parents, or almost anyone finds your diary and reads it, you will regret it.
  • Try to write your diary entries as if you're actually talking to the diary ("Dear Diary, ... suffices). You could also write as if you're talking to your best friend or someone you really care about. Doing this will create a strong bond between you and the diary, which means you will receive even more relief after writing in it than if you blindly wrote to no one in particular.
  • Diaries are excellent mediums to spilling embarrassing secrets and stories, and in general letting out your emotions. They are fun to look back in a few years time to see how you have changed from the person you were back then. Not to mention, if you wrote about other people in the diary, looking back on it in a few years will help you to understand those people better (since you'll be older and likely more mature).
  • Once again, you must keep your diary very secure. Try to buy a diary with a lock, key, code, etc. If necessary, keep an online diary so that you can protect it with a password and make it completely private.
  • If you are struggling to get ideas of what to write in your diary, you can read books like Dork Diaries or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.These books will provide you with some awesome ideas and inspiration for writing a diary!
  • Don't hide anything from your diary. The point of the diary is to let out all of your secrets and feelings.
  • Don't tear out the pages of your diary. You will regret it when you're older and want to look at your diary.
  • When looking for a diary and are stumped, think of a favorite color or animal. That way you can find one that fits your personality.
  • Draw pictures in your diary. It will increase creativity and help you get a good laugh when you look at it later.


  • Do take it to school so when you get bored in class, you can always write down on your diary to make the lesson more interesting, but be sure to kept it safe from friends, classmates and remember to keep your diary safe when at school - make sure your diary stays well away from boys and teachers.
  • You don't have to have a diary. Some people have one because of their complex feelings and ideas. If you have another way to express those feelings, don't feel pressured to keep a diary.
  • If unwanted guests arrive, make sure you've hidden the diary in a secret place, and don't leave anyone unattended in your bedroom.
  • Writing "My Diary" or "Top Secret" only attracts attention. Don't do it if you don't want it to be read.

Things You'll Need

  • A nice notebook
  • A pen or marker ( don't color with marker too much. It could bleed through.)
  • A good hiding place
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Color pencils (optional)

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Categories: Diary and Secrets