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Writing 4 - Keeping a Diary
Make a diary entry every night before bed when you can remember the days events.

Writing 4 - Keeping a Diary

Diary writing is a personal form of writing that is very useful to the writer, recording happenings in his everyday life. Diary writing also helps the writer to keep track of all the major events that occurred in his lifetime. The writer is able to use diary writing as a form of self expression when he is unable, or unwilling, to share his feelings with others.

The quality of diary writing depends on the imagination, creativity and expression of the writer. There are no set guidelines and, since the diary is a personal record, diary writing is often in informal English. However, recording the time and date of entry is extremely useful when referring back to events in the past. Although diary writing is a personal habit it is very useful to be regular and systematic in penning your diary. A daily record is the most commonly used frequency as something happens every day and it makes good sense to record all events, big or small. The probability that something small today would become big in future is always high and it would help to be able to recall correctly an event that took place earlier.

With the advent of the Internet and its many advantages and conveniences, diary writing may undergo changes from writing in a diary to entering details into an electronic device. It may be worthwhile to keep diary writing to the traditional form and also back it up on to an electronic device to gain advantage of its editing and retrieval capabilities.

Diary writing is a good habit and you must start one today, if you have not started already. Who knows, you may become a celebrity one day and the diary will come in handy when you write your autobiography! Take this quiz and learn more about diary writing.

What is the purpose of diary writing?
To improve formal writing.
To improve memory.
To improve handwriting.
Recalling the past and looking forward to the next day.
Frequent reference to a diary will help the writer to reflect on past actions and also help the writer to face the next day confidently
Which of the following statements is true?
A good diary is only factual and chronological and written in formal English.
A good diary is witty, sarcastic and self-critical in addition to being factual.
A good diary is written in a dry boring style.
A good diary is a chore mandated by law.
A diary is a personal record and you can indulge yourself, pour out your creative juices and be at your sarcastic best
In diary writing one should use what form of English?
One has to be formal.
One has to write in perfect English.
One can use slang and curse words.
One can write false things.
Since the diary is a personal record it is all right to use slang and curse words in order to vent your feelings
In diary writing how many times can you revise your entries?
You can revise as many times as you want.
You cannot make any revisions at all.
You cannot delete entries but are free to revise them.
You can revise them no more than once.
The diary is not an official record. Go ahead and change it as many times as you want
A diary should preferably be written in which person?
In the first person plural
In the second person
In the third person
In the first person singular
The diary is a person's personal record and as such should be written in the first person singular form 'I', rather than 'we', 'you' or 'he'
In diary writing you should write mainly about what?
Write mainly about events that are reported in the newspaper.
Write mainly about your interactions with other people.
Write mainly about events that are telecast on TV.
Write mainly about events you heard on radio.
The diary is a personal record and the writer records his interactions with other people. However, he can record his observations of how he felt when he followed an event in the newspaper or on TV or on radio or on the Internet
At what time of day should a diary be written?
Preferably at night every day before retiring.
Preferably at breakfast.
Preferably at lunch.
Preferably at tea time.
Since a day is considered to be a unit of time that we are all familiar with, it is good to write at the end of the day, just before retiring, to recall the events that happened during the day
In writing a diary one should use which tense?
Present continuous tense.
Present perfect tense.
Simple past tense.
Future tense.
The diary should be written in the simple past tense as the writer is describing things that have happened already
In diary writing one should do what?
One should be only factual.
One should be brutally honest and express all feelings, thoughts and opinions.
One should record events that bring only happy memories.
One should record events that bring only sad memories.
A diary is the writer's personal account and is not to be seen by others. The writer should record all sorts of events - sad and happy, pleasant and unpleasant. Recording one's thoughts at the time of an event will help the writer in future interactions
In diary writing should you be factual or fantasise?
You can be factual and also fantasise.
You can only be factual.
You can only fantasise.
All of the above.
The diary gives the writer a lot of latitude and he can record anything and everything including fantasies. For instance, he can visualize himself as the Prime Minister of India and record what he would do if he were in that post. However, he cannot ONLY fantasise as the work would no longer be a diary
Author:  V T Narendra

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