Why start a diary ?

Hello Dear Reader,

It has been a couple of weeks since I had the chance to sit down and write anything other than work stuff. I have been rather busy. I do have to finish my first book, ‘Zen and the Art of Timetabling’ plus an article for a magazine and just get back to being creative.

Why am I mentioning a diary? Well, I noticed that Michael Palin was visiting Stoke-on-Trent during his Thirty Years Tour. It was an opportunity not to be missed. Tickets safely purchased, time arranged and then wait. To be fair, I was very busy and just had no chance to read up on the tour, so it was a real nice surprise about what I would see and hear.

I am a long time fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, in parts akin to a radio favourite The Goon Show. Actually, when it was first pitched the BBC called it the Go On show. Fortunately for the world The Goons came together, pun.

Settling down in the theatre, I remembered I had a been given Michael Palin’s audio version of some of his diaries. It was brilliant to listen to. It gave an insight as to why you should keep that diary. I do enjoy listening to people who talk about writing. You can learn from it if you take the time. It is not always easy as you may feel that you can not win but you can.

Michael talked about what his diaries enabled him to do which is remember and reflect, so long as I understood that right. There was a very good reason why he started, I won’t give it away as it is a spoiler. His diaries span thirty years and I suspect there is more to come. He was very engaging, just himself on stage with a few film clips. Of course Python was mentioned, as was Ripping Yawns and his travel shows. For me, it explained clearly why a diary not only helped but created its own book. In these electronic days, we often write on Facebook, what we are eating, why we feel joy and the latest rugby news. That might be rather bad given the weekend. (This will only work at one point).

Maybe it is something younger people should be encouraged to try. Rather than using electronic study, grab a notebook and just put your thoughts down on paper. Many writers do that as a habit or again should. It is also not to late to start one and as Michael shows, the entries do not have to be pages long. It is just capturing that thought.

I really enjoyed listening to him, it made me want to read his books again and get back to writing, which is good. Hence this new blog, which after all is sort of a diary or is it a letter or is both?

If you get the chance, I thoroughly recommend seeing his show. Here is the link for Michael Palin. I do have an idea for the Christmas break and I must find my ‘Round the World in 80 Days’ DVD.

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