“Write as much as you can about what you do, who you meet, what you talk about, what you eat and drink, what you buy or sell, what you are working on, the places you visit, the people you meet, the things you read, see and hear around you, how you are feeling and of course what you yourself think.”
There are more details – and information on how to email your diary – on the website.
Some of the 258 diary submissions that they received in 2010 are on the website here and, even though it was only five years ago, they’re make interesting reading (lots of comments about the last election!) but what struck me was how most people started their diaries with the morning and what they had for breakfast. Was that really the most important or significant part of their day? If you’re going to have a go at this (ahem, she says, in her best Creative Writing tutor voice), pick out the interesting bits: conversations you had, or observations you made. By all means, tell us the title of that book you’re reading or the TV programmes you watched (detail is all!), but we probably don’t need to know too much about what you had for breakfast unless it was something extraordinary! (3 Shredded Wheat?!)
Do any of you write a diary normally? (And if so, would you like to give me a comment about why, how long, how it’s helped your writing, given you ideas – or anything? I’m writing an article about keeping a diary, so it would be great to have some quotes!)
And in other news:
Please, if you have five minutes, could you vote for The Friendship Project in the AVIVA Community Awards? It’s the children’s charity that I work for and we are trying to raise more funds. Thank you!
Yesterday I went to ‘Singalonga Frozen‘ with my friend and goddaughter, in Redditch. I am still recovering.. !
STOP PRESS: Thanks to Lynne, we have realised that the ‘deadly nightshade’ is probably not, after all. Aah. We have to break the news to our neighbours that the pretty purple-and-yellow flowering plant creeping over our wall from their garden is, in fact, Deadly Nightshade! Yes, that’s it in the photo above. The poisonous berries will be formed once the flowers die. EEEK!
And I have a story in this week’s People’s Friend, called ‘The Open Road’. The picture from the magazine is below. Sweet, isn’t it?
It’s the first one of mine in that magazine for a long time. I find them very tricky to write for and I take my hat off to writer friends such as Samantha Tonge and Wendy Clarke, who have written dozens of stories for them!