Writing a diary

Greetings to fellow writers, diarists and aspiring writers.

It is my dream that everybody considers diarising their life. You don’t have to make a full time job of it but is it is extraordinary useful to look back on events, especially exciting events and recall the details not to mention sharing with others.

If you would like to have a ZOOM meeting, our next meeting is Wednesday 8th November at 7pm.  Please sign up to become a subscriber and I will send you the access details shortly before.   You don’t have to be writing a diary though that helps. Even if you are thinking of writing one then that qualifies you. We are all in this together so let us share what we know.

It is good for therapeutic reasons. Sometimes you don’t know what you think until you need to write it down. The act of writing it down that makes you realise certain things. Also come at the act of sharing which I do on the internet as you know means that you can share your joys and sorrows with everybody.

If you want to read Samuel Pepys’ Diary, these are well documented on the Internet. See here.

I have kept my diary since a young age and here is a sample page.

If anyone would like to join a small writers group or simply get some encouragement, hints and tips, then write to me or do a Google search.

You don’t have to be a genius or a ‘writer’ to do this sort of thing, just an urge to record your stuff, actions, feelings etc. You don’t even have to publish it like I have done for the past 7 years but it does help through encouraging others.

Publishing on the Internet is ‘easy as pie’. Many sites offer free publication or a nominal amount (hoping that they can up-sell other services to you)

Remember that a provider is only as good as the support. I prefer to use support based in my own country (UK)

If you have not visited the diary of the man himself, google Samuel Pepys or visit my go-to website, The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Happy writing and lots of love to you all

Brian Snellgrove

A comment from ‘Lee’

Tell us about your interest in Diaries and whereabouts you live.:
Hi Brian,

I decided to take a look at your diary writing having enjoyed so much getting to know you through the SMN these last months, wishing I had discovered SMN sooner. But I’m here now and that’s what counts. I find diaries and letter writing a lovely art.

I’ve kept diaries on and off over my lifetime since I discovered Anais Nin as a young teenager. She was a huge inspiration to me.


I lacked confidence in myself as a writer, having grown up in a bohemian circle that included many interesting people like Henry Miller coming to our house and my cousin eventually living with him for a time. I was named after the poet Robinson Jeffers in whose house I spent many a day and over night. At any rate, I’ve been recently rediscovering my own writing and poetry and discovered it isn’t as terrible as I used to think! And it’s nice to connect with other people who share such a passion.

I’d just like to add that I have enjoyed your Friday glass of wine group at SMN and want to say you’ve done a super job. Maybe you could lead your own group there? Lee xo

Have you kept a diary and in what form is it published – private or public?:
I have kept an art website but it very much needs some TLC and I think it’s time to work on that. It is a kind of diary of my delving into the deep waters of consciousness. I do write, regularly, for myself.
20th August 2023