Originally posted by NinaArief
since im new here, id love to take part in a thread like this.
no one has asked anything yet so i'l innaugrate- is it okay to quote peole while doing a diary writing, bcz i never quoted people in my diary, but whenit comes to writing fanfics i feel the need to express others sentiments by qouting exactly what they said which i personally find wierd..
also the use of present tense while doing a diary writing - since tend to write mostly in the presnt tense - i find i t harder while doing a ff bcz a diary is written at the end fof the day - so technicaly we should be using the past tense right??
or does the fact that its my diary so i'll write however i want overule everything else.
Sorry for the delayed response, Nina. I am not sure how this skipped my eyes.
Anyway, here's the answer to your query. Diary entry, or blogging, is a special kind of writing style that is not obligated to abiding by any rules of literature. Diary entry encompasses a writer's emotions and pens them down the way a writer wants to express them. Yes, you may quote a certain person's words from their prior speech or statement in the media. However, doing so would only mean you're enhancing your work of diary entry with respect to their work. There's nothing wrong in that.
Diary entry is, by far, the most informal style of all forms of writing. You cannot put restrictions on it. You may quote, edit, write shabbily, use expletives, and kind of play around with words to your convenience. The motive is to bring out the most of your true inner feelings and pen them down.
Since mechanics is the least of a concern for diary entry; tense and tense clause shouldn't be an issue. However, yes, it's always better to use proper grammar in your work. It only helps you; there's no loss at all. Since I write diary AT THE END OF MY DAY, I use the past tense. For example:"It was hectic today. No matter what I did, I just couldn't keep up with my schedule. Oh, I hate that b***h Melissa. Damn it! She's made my life a hell. I wish I could kill her. I think I will complain about her to the authorities."
Please note that in the above excerpt from a diary entry, the writer has started it with a PAST TENSE. However, toward the end of the entry, the tense has changed from WAS and WERE (PAST) to WILL (FUTURE). Therefore, since diary entry is a reflection of your mood and passion also, you may get away with writing whatever you want to. It's your expression and its depth that count, not the matter as such.
I hope I was able to answer your query.
Edited by -Desi-IFer- - 06 June 2012 at 5:37pm