I'm attempting to write my first novel, and I had it all in my head and everything was great, so I started writing and I came across a bit of a problem. The book is in first person and the MC is in a mental hospital and is writing in a journal that a doctor gave her as somewhat of a "healing" tool. So she's writing about her time there right now, but I plan on having her tell the story of why she is in there to begin with, which will be what most of the book is about. It'll then end with her in the mental hospital again. The problem is I don't understand how the story part would work as a journal, because I don't want there to be day breaks in the story. I want her to be basically reliving it. If that makes sense? For instance I don't want her to be mid-story about how she killed her boyfriend, and then all of the sudden "oops, time for bed at the mental hospital! Write more tomorrow!" I'm just trying to make it as realistic as possible, but maintain the journal aspect of it as well. I almost thought about her stealing some type of drug from her doctor that made her stay up for days (if there is such a thing?) so that she could tell the full story. It would make sense because the MC is crazy (obviously) and she has motive because her whole plan is that this journal is going to be found after she dies and she'll be "famous." But is that idea, for lack of a better word, lame? Is there a better way of going about it? Thanks in advance for any help!