Diary Entry Titles

Moxie

I’ve kept a diary since 1990, but I didn’t start adding titles until about 2010. As I began typing up my entries and putting them into volumes, I found the entries easier to identify and keep separate by adding titles to them. Dates are easily confused and easily forgotten. I already centered each entry on a theme, so the titles were easy to add once I identified the theme.

As my writing evolved, I found myself blending the diary of daily events with both a journal of feelings and the more formal essay. I created hybrid that I think that keeps the diaries engaging and interesting. The main component of this hybrid is that it has to have some sort of theme or central idea. I open with the main idea and then try to circle back to it at the close of the entry.

Themes and Titles come from a variety of sources. It could be from a book I read that week or it could come from a song or poem I quote in the entry. Sometimes I take particular word and explore its meaning and relation to something I am thinking or feeling at a particular moment in time. Sometimes a phrase will just pop into my head, other times I have to work to tease the word or words out for the entry. Let me give you some examples.

Here are my diary entries and their titles for 2020:

  1. January 7, 2020 Execration
  2. January 20, 2020 Wolf Moon
  3. January 30, 2020 Baymont
  4. February 12, 2020 Cloudy
  5. February 23, 2020 Locke and Key
  6. March 1, 2020 To Be Continued
  7. March 6, 2020 Once Were Warriors
  8. March 16, 2020 Crown
  9. March 23, 2020 Social Distancing
  10. April 2, 2020 Quality
  11. April 12, 2020 Pensive
  12. April 21, 2020 Uncertainty Principle
  13. May 5, 2020 Repurpose
  14. May 14, 2020 Infinitesimal
  15. May 21, 2020 Wedding
  16. June 2, 2020 Quiet Here
  17. June 17, 2020 Moxie
  18. July 3, 2020 Panem
  19. July 20, 2020 Song Birds and Snakes
  20. August 5, 2020 Sink Back In
  21. August 18, 2020 The Worst
  22. September 2, 2020 Good Trouble
  23. September 15, 2020 Kyoshi
  24. September 30, 2020 Tar Baby
  25. October 15, 2020 Lurking
  26. October 31, 2020 Blue Moon
  27. November 15, 2020 Normaler Things
  28. December 13, 2020 Home and Garden
  29. November 30, 2020 Winter’s Bone
  30. December 31, 2020 Discovery

About carilynn27

Reading and writing and writing about reading are my passion. I've been keeping a journal since I was 14. I also write fiction and poetry. I published my first collection of short stories, "Radiant Darkness" in 2000. I followed that up with my first collection of poetry in 2001 called "Journey without a Map." In 2008, I published "Persephone's Echo" another collection of poetry. Since then I've also published Emotional Espionage, The Way The Story Ended, My Perfect Drug and Out There. I have my BA in English from The Ohio State University at Mansfield and my MA in English Lit from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also have my Post BA Certificate in Women's Studies. I am the mother of two beautiful children. :-)
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