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    Writing a diary

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Shifty, Dec 14, 2011.

    I've been wanting to write for sometime in the format of a diary. I know of some books that have been written in this format, but I think all have been comedy or of the children genre.

    Is writing in this format generally accepted in fiction?
    And do any of you have any tips for me if I do decide to write in this fashion.
     
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    A lot of older books were written this way too. Dracula, for example, is a mix of the protagonist's diary and letters sent/received by a variety of important characters. It gives the thing a bit of a 'documentary' kind of feel to it.

    I think Frankenstein was like that, too.
     
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    all you had to do was google for 'fictional diaries'...
     
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    hmm, interesting I've never actually read Dracula, will be looking around the second hand book shops for a copy now.

    I'm put off by the idea because I'm expecting it to be tougher to convey details of the setting and building tension. More research is needed.
     
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    why do you need to write a diary?
     
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    it's just one way to write fiction, cacian... the op isn't intending to write his own diary, but to tell a story in the form of a diary...
     
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    Hi, I am also considering writing a fictional story in a diary format, I have the plot idea and basis of a character (although its still in need of some development).
    I have rencently started blogging and I think I will opt for trying to write it as a fictional blog as the diary format is already there for you to start writing as if you are that person. I am still in the early stages but am hoping if nothing else I may get feedback on my story idea and a bit more character develpment.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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    A diary is not fiction it is reality.
    If it is going to be fiction then it has be named something else.
    If someone wrote abook titling as a diary then I will assume it is a true story.
     
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    diary/journal. Its just another technique of writing. Just trying to diversify my skill range.
     
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    cacian...
    there are many works of fiction that are written as and/or titled as 'diaries':
    diary of a madman/gogol
    bridget jones' diary/fielding
    diary/palahniuk

    ...and many more... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_diaries

    you'll need to broaden your reading horizons [and your mind], if you ever want to be a published writer...
     

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