What’s New Harper Drew? Talent Show Takeover Blog: Guest Post from Kathy Weeks

Hello everybody! Today, I’m so thrilled to be welcoming Kathy Weeks- author of the wonderful, hilarious Harper Drew books, the second of which I’m very excited to read soon- to share a post about writing diary-style books. Onto the post!

Young Writers Blog – Diary Style Writing

Writing a story in the style of a diary is a brilliant way to get your readers inside the mind of your main character straight away. I loved writing Harper Drew’s diary because it allowed me to feel and experience everything that was going on in her world, through her eyes.

So, give it a go…… with these top tips in mind.

Remember what a diary is…..

So, this might sound a bit strange, but remember that if someone was writing their own private ‘HANDS OFF’ diary about their life, they wouldn’t be describing every person and every scene in the same way as you might find in an ordinary story book.

For example, in a story you might say “Our house is tiny. And my bedroom is the smallest room in it. My bed and my desk are so close together that one roll in the wrong direction when I am asleep, and I will be snoring on top of my homework.’

But in a diary, you couldn’t write that. Because you obviously already know what your bedroom looks like, so you don’t need to describe it to yourself. And you aren’t expecting someone you’ve never met to be reading your private thoughts.
So as a writer, this can give you a few problems!
You need to think of other ways to describe the things and people around you.

Find a situation, an event that has happened, and let that do the work for you.

“My homework is ruined. Again. For the second day in a row, I woke up with my head on the stool under my desk. I shouldn’t have left my maths on there last night. I knew it was a risk. My bedroom is so small, that my desk and my bed have become the same item of furniture. And now, my long division is soggy from my overnight dribble. Ewwwww”

Who are you…….

Think about your main character. Are they shy, funny, nervous, worried about anything, trying to achieve something? All of those, even. You are going to be writing their most private thoughts, so you need to understand their emotions and how they will feel about things.

It might help to start with a diary of someone who is a little bit like you. Harper Drew is a little bit like me (but more confident I think) so it makes easier to know what she will be thinking when the mayhem and drama happens.

What to say about an ordinary day….

So, it might seem like everyone you know just goes to school and comes home for beans on toast for dinner. But ordinary days always have something amazing about them… if you look closely enough. Think of someone at school who did something strange or funny. Does your brother or sister have an annoying habit? It doesn’t even have to have happened recently. There could be a great story that you heard about your Uncle’s, best friend’s dog. Use it for inspiration!

And don’t worry about writing about some downtime too. There can’t be action and drama happening every minute of every day… although it usually is for Harper Drew!

Have fun diary writing…
Kathy x

Thank you so much for reading ! What are some of your favourite books told in diary format? Have you read Kathy’s? I’d love to have a chat in the comments!

Amy xx


Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: goldenbooksgirl@gmail.com | she/her

2 thoughts on “What’s New Harper Drew? Talent Show Takeover Blog: Guest Post from Kathy Weeks”

  1. I love author insights. As a writer in waiting for an agent, the more tips one can have to improve ones work the better as it gives a bigger picture perspective.

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