Why is keeping a diary so important for some people?
In the past, many people regularly kept personal diaries, where they recorded the day’s events and their observations. Without diarists like Anne Frank and Samuel Pepys, we wouldn’t know much about the personal side of our history, which is why today is called Diary Day.
On this day, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, receives a diary for her 13th birthday.
Although people nowadays keep blogs or vlogs, vlogs are video logs just in case you never head that term before, as we all record history through social media, there are very few of us that would pull out a pen and write down our experiences on piece of paper.
Why is that?
Because we all rely on technology to make a difference in our life, but what forget is, how things were done in the old days.
The best way in teaching yourself about creative writing is by actually doing it. Write about the people around you, your personal experiences. Waiting around for the prefect subject to come around doesn’t teach you anything, except being an unpaid author.
Being a good author isn’t about telling yourself I can write, but embracing it as a passion, which is what young Anne Frank did when she began writing in her diary.
Anne’s father survived Auschwitz and published Anne’s diary in 1947 as The Diary of a Young Girl. The book has been translated into more than 60 languages.
Before Anne Frank started writing in her diary, who invented the diary?
The word diary comes from the Latin word, diarium (which means “daily allowance”).
The oldest extant diaries come from Middle Eastern and East Asian cultures, Pillowbooks of Japanese court ladies and Asian travel journals offer some aspects of this genre of writing.
Pillowbooks were kept by Geisha girls to record emotions and thoughts they may have had when pleasing their gentlemen callers. Keeping a record of what men liked meant a steady clientele.
Diaries have been around since the 2nd Century A.D., all the way to the Renaissance period on, some individuals wanted not only to record events, as in medieval chronicles and itineraries, but also to put down their own opinions and express their hopes and fears, without any intention to publish these notes.
Many diaries of notable figures have been published and form an important element of autobiographical literature.
Diaries also known as daily log writings have expanded to digital diaries, with the popularization of mobile apps, diary or journaling apps have become available for iOS and android.
In lieu of today’s story I encourage you to write about something today that peaks your interest, and jot it down.
It can be about anything, a diet journal, a dream journal, the important thing is to write about something today, as we celebrate Diary Day!
Have a wonderful weekend, as you spend your day igniting your feelings on paper today the old fashion way.
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