In 1979, when I was eight years old, I bought a diary with some birthday money. The diary purports to be a one-year diary and each page is thus labelled, starting with January 1. Perhaps the marketers hoped to make an annual sale. Alas, they failed spectacularly with me. I promptly scratched out January 1 and wrote June 14th in pencil. By the diary’s February 8th date, it was already 1980. I don’t think I ever kept to the ‘write every day’ for more than a week. Even as a child I never poured out my heart to the diary—I was far too conscious of the fact that I had siblings who might read it.
Nonetheless, I still use the diary to record important events. Most recently, I scratched out October 10th and wrote a 2014 in review entry. Every time I start writing a new book I make an entry, recording things like title, what dates I wrote the various drafts during, when/if it was published. Thus I know that in 2014 I revised two novels, wrote the first draft of my 35th novel and started working on novel #36.
At my current rate of about four pages per year, I ought to need a new diary sometime in about 2035…
Do you diary or journal or keep a record of important events?