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How to write a diary entry?

What is Diary Entry

How to write a diary entry

Diary means to be written daily. It is basically a record keeper. Special events whether it is pleasant or unpleasant are written in Diary. When you see your diary you personally relate to all the events you had gone through in your life. It preserves our memory. How to write a diary entry? We will apprise you shortly.

By reading a diary we can analyse a persons' life very keenly. We can know about his likes and dislikes, his way of living life etc,. If you have read the Diary of Anne Frank you must have known that by just reading a diary you come to know about his/her personality.

Purpose of Diary Entry

A person who is unable to express his/her feelings in front of others usually keeps a diary. In a true sense, the diary is like our true friend whom we can tell everything. We can preserve our memories by writing them in our diary.

Like we look at a photograph and it reminds us of that moment in a similar way by reading our diary we can return to the past and revive our experiences.
Famous personalities used to write diaries. I have given the example of Anne Frank, by reading her diary you can know easily what was the world going through in that era. Most of the times it keeps the form of an autobiography.

How to write a diary entry 

  • At the top of the page write the day, date and time of the diary entry.
  • Write it down before going to sleep so that you can mention all the events that occur throughout the day. Mention the special events only.
  • The content of the diary should be written in your unique style. It should not be copied from somewhere else, as you are writing it to preserve your memories not, of others.
  • You can write facts, events, ideas, advice, or the mistakes you have done.
  • The diary must be written in a way, which can make you live that moment even after years of happening of that particular moment.
  • Don't lie to yourself while writing a diary, keep the diary entry honestly.
  • Make a signature the end of the diary before closing it, to make it your personal document.
  • Things to keep in Mind
  • Use simple and clear language while writing a diary.
  • Entries in the diary should be brief.
  • Express your experience clearly. Make it alive.
  • Keep the tone informal or semi-formal depending on the topic.

How to write a Diary Entry Format

Day, Date


Salutation(Dear Diary)


Signature/Name of the Writer

Format of Diary Entry

Format of diary entry

Here we have given some diary entry examples in English. You can prefer them to get the notion of how to write a diary entry?
Example of diary entry

Example 1

You have won a prize today. Write a diary entry expressing your feelings after winning the prize.

Saturday, 27April, 20XX

9 p.m.

Dear diary,

It was a very good day today. In front of all the students, I was given the prize for inter-school poetry recitation competition. I am feeling so happy. It is my first achievement. It has given me a boost to follow poetry as my passion. When I came home, I showed the prize to my mother and father, they were also very happy. Grandfather blessed me. Now I am going to sleep after having food.


Example 2

You are Sakshi. Write a diary entry about the feelings emerged after visiting the zoo.

Sunday, 2 May, 20XX

9.30 p.m.

Dear diary,

Today I went to the zoo with my parents and I saw there many animals kept in cages. Although I was very happy to see such wonderful animals in front of my eyes just a few metres apart. But somewhere deep down in my heart I was feeling pity for those animals. The Lion, the king of the jungle has to live in a cage. What an irony it is! Animals are meant to live in the forest, not in cages. Birds were also kept in small cages. They fly in the sky but they are kept in cages. I want all the zoo animal to be set free so that they can live their life with full freedom.


Diary Entry practice questions

  1. You had spent an amazing day with your friends. Write a diary in not more than 100 words describing your emotions.
  2. You had watched a movie today with your parents. Write a diary about giving details of the movie in not more than 100 words.
  3. You have won a prize today for inter-school badminton competition. Share your feelings with your diary.


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