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How to Fill the First Page of Your Diary
Keeping a diary can be a great way to record your thoughts and stay in touch with yourself. Getting started can be the hardest part! Don't worry too much about making it perfect, just write about whatever is on your mind.
Writing the First Entry
Mark the first entry.Log the date at the top of the page so that you'll know when you wrote the entry. Consider giving your entry a title, like "Captain's Log," or addressing it with something like, "Dear Diary." Include where you are and how you are feeling: e.g. "8/12/2016: on the bus, feeling nervous." If you're going somewhere, include where you're going. You will probably read back over this diary at some point in the future – so give your future self a few points of reference to jog your memory.
Start writing about your day.Don't think too much about what to say. Start by writing about your morning, or about whatever first comes to mind. Write about the most exciting thing that happened today. Write about your friends, or your classes, or your crush.
- Write about the person you've been thinking about lately. Write about what this person said to you, and about what someone else told you about him/her. Write about what you think about this person.
- Write about what is making you happy. Write about what is making you sad.
- Write a story. The diary doesn't even have to be about you! Make up a character and write the first page of his or her diary.
Let loose!Pretend that you are writing this to a close friend, or to someone that you trust a lot. Your diary is your space to write about everything that you are thinking, good and bad. Don't worry too much about what you write. The important thing is that you start writing.
Explain your relationships with people.In the first entry, when you mention people, write what relationship you have with them. Are they your best friend, worst enemy, or crush? This way, when you read back over your diary in years to come, you'll know what all of these people meant to you at this point in your life.
Keep writing.Just write down whatever comes to mind, no matter how silly it sounds. Filling your diary isn't about making everything sound perfect. It's about getting out all of the words that are inside of you!
- If you can't think of anything to write, then write about how weird it is to be writing about yourself. Write about why you can't think of anything. Write about why you want to keep a diary.
- Try setting a time limit for yourself. Set an alarm for ten minutes, and then start writing. This might get you going!
Sign off.When you are done writing, include a few lines to end the entry. If you are writing "to" your diary, then you might end the entry as you would a letter: by signing your name or initials. You don't need to write anything special at the end of the entry, but it might help you feel that you have finished.
- Say some variation of, "I'll be back with more to say tomorrow. For now, I'm signing off!"
Decorating the First Page
Write the start and end dates of the diary.If you are starting the diary in November 2019, then write "November 2019." Then, when you finish the diary, you can write the day or month when you filled it up. It might look like "November 2019 - February 2019." Then, when you revisit this diary later on, you'll immediately know which period of your life it is from.
Write a warning to snoopers.If you are worried that someone might read your diary, you can make the first page into a message for anyone who opens up the front cover. Make it clear that the person shouldn't read any further – or else!
- Write: "This diary is the property of Aidan Applebee. Keep reading at your own risk!"
- Write: "Personal diary! Keep out!!"
- Write: "Personal property! Please don't read!"
Visually decorate the first page.Draw a picture or doodle away. Add stickers that show your personality. Tape or glue in a picture of something that is meaningful to you. Make the first page beautiful so that it inspires you to write each time you open the diary!
Making a Profile
Make the first page into a profile.Tape or glue in a photograph of yourself. Add stickers or draw a picture. Include identifying information as a reference for your older self when you go back to read this diary. Consider writing a short "bio" for yourself that describes who you are at this point in life.
Include major identifying traits.Write your full name. Write your birthday and your age so that you'll remember how old you were when you started the diary. Include your hair and eye color, along with other identifying features.
- Include where you are going to school and/or where you work. Write where you live: the city, the state, and maybe even the address.
List the important people in your life.Write the names of your best friends, your crushes, and your worst enemies. Be careful: if someone else ever reads this diary, he or she will immediately know how you feel about these people!
Write down your likes and dislikes.Include your favorite and least favorite food; your favorite and least favorite drink; your favorite and least favorite musician; and your favorite and least favorite candy. Write about your favorite animal!
- This is just for fun. When you look back, you'll be able to see how your likes and dislikes have changed!
QuestionWhat are some good names for a diary?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can always do what Anne Frank did, and give your diary a name, such as Kitty or Puppy. You could also call it: Future Self, Lovely SK (secret-keeper), Lover (because they know you best and do not take advantage of it or judge you), etc.Thanks!
QuestionCan you provide examples of things I should write about?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWrite about: Dreams, what happened that day, stories, book reviews, family, friends, recipes, thoughts, feelings, siblings, secrets, hopes, crushes, goals met, goals you want to meet, etc.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make my dairy beautiful?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAdd some pictures, drawings, and stickers to the cover and inside pages. If you have glitter glue pens, you could use those as well! Lastly, you can always use metallic or glitter gel pens to write in your diary. For more ideas, check out How to Decorate a Diary.Thanks!
QuestionWhy should keeping a diary be important to me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you like to keep your thoughts on paper, that's a good reason. But really, only you can reach a conclusion that it's something you want to keep and what use it could be to you.Thanks!
QuestionIs it strange or necessary to write "Dear Diary" before every entry?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's not strange to write "Dear Diary," at all! You don't even have to write "Dear Diary" at all, especially if it does not suit you. You can make up your own saying to use instead. You can even use a new saying every day to make you diary more interesting.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do when I have totally filled in my diary?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBuy a new notebook and get started on Part 2!Thanks!
QuestionAt what age is it best to start writing a diary for yourself?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAny age at all! Some people prefer to start a diary when they're younger; this is so they can have more ideas of what they used to be like during their childhoods.Thanks!
QuestionIs having a diary on my phone or iPad better than writing it out on paper?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends. Writing in an iPad or on a phone is convenient, but many people like the tradition of writing on paper.Thanks!
QuestionDoes starting a diary on the first day of the year help?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. It helps. The first day of the year gives you a fresh start for a diary. You can state your hopes and goals for the year.Thanks!
QuestionDoes the size of the diary matter?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. It's totally up to you, just choose a diary that seems like it would be comfortable to write in, and if you know you'll write in it a lot, choose one with a lot of pages.Thanks!
The easiest way to fill the first page of your diary is to talk about yourself. List facts about yourself and your life or talk about your day. Write about your home, school, hobbies, or pets. Describe your relationships with classmates, friends, and family members. Talk about what makes you happy or sad. Don’t feel as though you have to censor what you write, simply let it all out.
- Decorate the cover. If you don't want people snooping around in your personal journal, then label your diary something boring like "Algebra Homework."
- Find a pen or pencil with which you can write comfortably. Pick a color that you like, but that is also easy to read. A pen looks nice, and feels permanent – but a pencil makes it easier to erase and write over your mistakes!
- You can pretend to write to someone not-so important in your life, such as your mean seventh grade teacher, your dentist, or even a store clerk. Make it abstract!
- It is easier to think to become a famous blogger. Start writing your blog for today! It will make you more focused and you'll be more careful with what you say.
- It’s your diary. Do what you want with it. Don’t let anyone influence what you write in your diary.
- Anything in your diary has a chance of being found out. Remember this.
- Be careful to hide your diary in a good hiding space in case someone gets access to it. Good places may be:
- In the pocket of an old coat
- In a bookshelf, or with another book's cover on it
- In your knickers/pants drawer
- Under your pillow
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