Three famous writers on why they keep a journal

Need some more inspiration? Here are what three famous writers have to say about keeping a journal.

It’s an odd idea for someone like me to keep a diary; not only because I have never done so before, but because it seems to me that neither I — nor for that matter anyone else — will be interested in the unbosomings of a 13-year-old schoolgirl. Still, what does that matter? I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.

— Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

— William Wordsworth

But our notebooks give us away, for however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable ‘I.’

— Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook,” Slouching Toward Bethlehem

What is your favorite quote about journal writing?

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SE is a 30-something blogger based in Pennsylvania. Her very first loves were reading and writing. NerdyWordy is her way of sharing her enthusiasm with others.

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