Diary writing prompts
I began this year writing a diary entry every day. My diary writing has dropped off recently. One reason is that my entries were excessively mundane; I would usually concentrate on the day’s activities to the detriment of larger topics.
One way to reinvigorate my diary writing might be to have a prompt for each entry. I’ve added this feature, which looks like this:
$ diary prompt Prompt: Describe someone you know. Start writing. EOF (Ctrl-D) finishes the entry.
The prompt is taken randomly from a
which looks like this:
Recall an old memory. Describe someone you know. Recall something someone said recently.
I want a much larger repertoire of prompts than the three above. I’ll experiment with different prompts to see which are effective, i.e. which ones lead to interesting writing.
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