the creative life podcast

The Creative Life Podcast: Episode Twenty-Three

Many famous authors are also famous diarists – and others have either outgrown or dislike the practice. I fall into the ‘pro’ note-taking camp and will give the reasons why a writer might consider adopting the habit, why I actually gave it up and now why I’m doing it again.

Books, Topics Discussed and Recommended Reading

Why take notes? What is the benefit? Which writers keep diaries – or choose not to.
Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity
 by Karen Andrews
Surprise! by Karen Andrews
Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
On Keeping a Notebook‘ by Joan Didion
On Writing a Diary‘ by Ellena Ferrante, The Guardian
Famous Writers on Keeping a Diary‘ by Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
On the Journals of Famous Authors‘ by Dustin Illingworth, LitHub
Black Women Writers and the Secret Space of Diaries‘ by Morgan Jerkins, the New Yorker
Woke up this Morning‘ by Louis Menand, the New Yorker
10 Famous Authors on the Importance of Keeping a Journal‘ by Emily Temple, Flavorwire
@BurtonDiaries on Twitter


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karen andrews

Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity