The first time I remember recognising that I felt better when I wrote a diary was about ten years ago when I’d restarted writing after a break of several months. However, it appears I first recognised the benefits of diary writing 25 years ago, just one month after starting. I like to think I keep my diary to capture memories, but I always write at the end of the day so there is probably a certain amount of clearing my head of details and thoughts about the day.
I find it interesting that I wrote those words 25 years ago today, and on Saturday I spent the day at Blogfest listening to a panel talk about the Power of writing. I was very pleased to hear Lynn Barber advising everyone to write a diary. However, I’d love to take this daily writing further, beyond writing about my day, and take Nick Hornby’s advice to write 500 words every day; maybe not to write a novel at this point but just to see where it take me. Another piece of advice I’d like to implement from the session is to make the time for writing, and not worry about chores (or the children) for a bit. I already do this with my diary as I can’t imagine going to sleep without writing, so surely I can do the same at a different time. I used to write morning pages (3 A4 sheets) as soon as I woke up and maybe it is time to start those again.
What are your writing habits? Do you write a diary? Do you write everyday? What would you like to do?
Here are my favourite tweets from the Power of Writing session, followed by my photo montage of the day.
— Natasha (@Natashalunn) November 8, 2014
Ignore the laundry and get writing. Too many people put unnecessary obstacles in the way, get those words out! #blogfest
— Kelly Quigley-Hicks (@KellyQHicks) November 8, 2014
‘Can you stop writing?’ asks Nick Hornby – if the answer’s no, then you know it’s for you #Blogfest
— Mumsnet Blog Network (@MumsnetBloggers) November 8, 2014
Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling very socialable at Blogfest, so didn’t spend as much time talking to people as I would have liked; due to a combination of a lingering cold, a tough week at work, an early morning and not forgetting the wine tasting the night before. So if I didn’t talk to you at the event, please say hello now and hopefully we’ll meet next year.