Candice : I was thinking today as I was scribbling some notes about my new addition. She is changing on a week by week basis and the other half and I keep saying we need to record more of what is happening with her before this time is gone. I was bought a notebook before I left work and I’ve been using it to write down things relating to her. Today though I started to write a diary from Erin’s view point. It was just a few scribbles but it took me back to when I used to write one at school.
There has been alot made of diary books, the ones that stick out are ‘Adrian Mole’ and ‘Bridget Jones’. The Mole kept me amused during my teenage years, going through angst that I could relate too but with an amusing angle that made me feel not as bad about my spots and relationship issues. Bridget Jones hit around my late 20’s, and though she was annoying, again I could relate to her personal problems.
I wrote a diary for years when I was a teenager, starting around 11 and going right up to University. I still have them and they are hilarious reading. My first was just a week to one page, given to me as a Christmas present, but each year my diary got bigger so I had more space to fill, and by god did I fill it with rubbish. However, it is great to go back to that time and read what I was feeling and doing. The detail is incredible and one day I might give them to my daughter so she understands that everyone goes through these feelings.
But I wonder if that is where my enjoyment of writing came from. I always liked to concoct stories but this was more, it was a combination of real and dreamed world as I tried to make the boy of my dreams notice me. (Note to self: he did years later, we dated, I found him boring, I moved on) I have even gone back to writing one occasionally as I find writing down my issues therapeutic and a way of getting them out of my head so I can chill. Obviously the diary was the start of this.
So I think I’ll give Erin a diary when she is 11 and see if she can fill it with ideas too.
ps while searching for a diary image I came across other aspiring author’s blog, who writes it as a diary. Have a look