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    keep a diary vs write a diary

    What is the difference between "keep a diary" and "write a diary"? Thank you very much.

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    Re: keep a diary vs write a diary

    There is no real difference, in my opinion.

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    Re: keep a diary vs write a diary

    I can't see much difference, but if someone says that they keep a diary, I would assume that they had been doing it for a reasonable time.

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    Re: keep a diary vs write a diary

    In AmE, one "keeps a diary" or "writes in a diary." Saying "write a diary" implies that the person is writing a book, or a work of fiction, not a personal day-by-day memoir. By definition a diary is the personal accounts/reflections/feelings of the author. Usually folks that keep diaries use blank books/journals that are designed for that specific purpose.

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