Advice for writing a fictional journal

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Greatshield17
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01 Jun 2020, 9:39 pm

I'm writing a novel that's basically a series of journal entries, any advice on how to make it realistic; especially in regards to subtle details?


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PoseyBuster88
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01 Jun 2020, 10:22 pm

I think first you need to decide who is writing the journal, so your entries have a consistent writing style and personality behind them. A teenaged girl and a 47 year old Russian Lit professor would have vastly different journal entries, both in content and style.

So basically, get to know your journal-writer, and not just the events he/she is going to document in the journal.


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02 Jun 2020, 2:51 pm

PoseyBuster88 wrote:
I think first you need to decide who is writing the journal, so your entries have a consistent writing style and personality behind them. A teenaged girl and a 47 year old Russian Lit professor would have vastly different journal entries, both in content and style.

So basically, get to know your journal-writer, and not just the events he/she is going to document in the journal.

I see, thanks.


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05 Jun 2020, 3:41 pm

I think first you need to decide who is writing the journal, so your entries have a consistent writing style and personality behind them. A teenaged girl and a 47 year old Russian Lit professor would have vastly different journal entries, both in content and style.