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Diary Writing: Different Steps, Format, and Examples

Class 4
Jun 9, 2023

Diary Writing

  • It is a personal form of writing in a diary.
  • Here, you express your thoughts, feelings, and observations of the day.
  • These could be on people, places, and daily experiences.
  • You use an informal tone as if you are writing to a friend.
  • You use first person narrative (I, we, us, my, our).
  • It must be written in the past tense since we are writing about incidents that have already happened.
  • We can also use the future tense when exploring how we feel about something that will happen in the future.

(E.g., ‘I think tomorrow I’ll get my new bike!)

  • We can also use the present tense to quote any dialogue.

(E.g., Jason screamed with excitement! “We are going to the beach!” I was happy for him.)

  • There will be a chronological order of events.
  • And these could be on:
  • Your private thoughts (your ambitions, frustrations, sadness, happiness, etc.)
  • A record of events (What happened on a particular day from one point of time to another.
  • An amusing/shocking incident occurred.
  • Make sure to set the scene with the introductory sentence.
  • So, make sure to keep these questions in mind.
  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where? Or,
  • When?


“Today was a bizarre day! I woke up to absolute silence (which is weird since I live in Brooklyn). I couldn’t find my brother in the next bed, and he is a late sleeper.” 

These Types Could Be:

  • Travel diary – Pen down your experiences in travel
  • Food diary – About food
  • Reflective diary – Contemplate the happenings of the day. This is the most popular kind

Dream diary – Pour out your dreams (the ones you see at night and your ambitions and goals.)

  • School diary – Write about all the things that happen at school


  • Mention the time and date to refer to your entry.
  • The diary should be taken as alive and a platform for our thoughts and feelings.
  • Make your entries honestly and truthfully; don’t lie to yourself.
  • We must close the diary with our name or signature.


Day, Date


Salutation (Dear Dairy/ Hello Dairy)




Signature / Name of the writer

Diary Writing


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