When I’m not writing, I spend a lot of time reading about writing.
One book suggested this exercise to get your juices flowing:
Write everything you can remember about your life…
So, I began at the beginning.
Three days and 25,000 words later, I paused to read what I had written.
What I discovered was that a huge chunk of what I remembered had happened during my middle school years. For me, middle school was both traumatic and exciting, which is probably why even now, nearly 25 years later, those memories are still so vivid and clear.
I became inspired…
I ransacked my trunk of old diaries until I found the one I was searching for: an emerald green hardcover with a lock on the side.
Then I spent the next half hour trying to remember where my younger self would had hidden the key.
At last, I found it. I inserted the sliver of metal, turned to the left, and popped open the latch.
I had unlocked a time machine—a portal to my past.
And Oh! The drama.
My entries made for perfect inspiration.
After a few laughs, I jotted down some notes and started planning a story that was forming in my mind.
*Names have been blackened to protect actual people (including myself) from unintentional embarrassment and humiliation.
I got this diary from my Aunt Kim for one of my single-digit birthdays. I remember that she hid all of my presents and had me find them via a scavenger hunt! (So cool.)
It was only a one-year diary, but I ended up using it for many more years…because it was the only diary I owned with a lock on it!
When I came to a date that had already been filled, I put a white sticker over the page and wrote my “better” entry on top. (I actually regret doing this because I would have liked to see what I had written when I was younger.)
Hope you enjoy!