This was actually written for another forum but I thought it would be an interesting subject for discussion here too.
I've just been catching up with the wonderful series, 'Dear Diary' which is showing on BBC4 in three parts. (The final part is next Monday so you can still see the first two if you're quick on BBC iPlayer.) Mariella Frostrup presented this week in a bid to discover what it takes to write a compelling diary, noting that the best ones became compulsive reading simply because they were never written to be published therefore allowing the reader unlimited/uncensored access into the author's private world. As an aspiring writer I have always jotted thoughts down but never managed to keep a diligent daily record of events in a particular order. There have been attempts at 'morning pages' and moments that demanded to be recorded with time and date but these are patchwork and scatty at best.
So I wondered how many of you do keep regular dates with your diaries and journals and if this was helpful to you in terms of dividing your writing between the personal and creative? Do you allow yourselves to write freely and unhindered knowing that nobody else will ever read what you write, or is there perhaps a fear that the words will somehow leak out and you can't help but edit as you write on the off-chance that one day they might find their way into the public domain?