I’m always looking for new and interesting Podcasts to listen to. A couple months ago, I discovered a hilarious podcast called Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids.
The podcast holds live events where people can go up to the stage and read something from one of their old journals. I think a big reason I love this podcast so much is because it’s funny, it’s awkward, it’s real, and sometimes it’s raw.
I’ve been an avid journal keeper since I was in the 4th grade, and I dug up some of these great works the other day and found a few gems I would like to share with you.
Here are some juicy journal entries from 5th grade:
My birthday was december 18th and I got clothes shoes and money. My parents got me this hidious ugly ugly dress I couldn’t say anything about it because my parents were sitting rite in front of me so I just smiled and kept quiet. They were going to make me ware it for our family foto and I already picked something else to ware that was way better.
Here is a journal entry from the next day after I got in super big trouble for talking back and yelling at my mom (my siblings’ names have been changed so they won’t get mad at me later):
Today is going to be a long day because my stupid parents make me stay in my room all day. I asked and prayed to god that he’ll let me die but of course he didn’t do it. Plus my mom took away all my birthday clothes the good part is that she took away that ugly! dress last night. I always thought my sister Megan was nice and kind and fun well I defintly don’t think that any more She yelled at me because I was downstairs for a few seconds. Let’s see who else is against me, Molly is being nice, Oh! My dad, sometimes I think that my dad can’t think for himself because he has to agree what ever mom says I’ll be he gets mixed up all the time. James, Landon, and Molly are the only ones who are actually being nice to me especially I want god to bless James because he is the one who is being the most nice to me, last night I didn’t have dinner, all I got was sent to my room and told I couldn’t make cookies the next day like I care, anyway, James brought me up something to eat and cofforted me. I think I will be nicer to James now.
Pretty dramatic stuff.
I am so glad I kept journals all these years because it was good writing practice for me starting at a young age. I really feel like my journal writing helped me develop a love of writing without knowing it. I loved just getting my thoughts and feelings out on a page without the pressure of wanting to please anyone. I could just be me. Also, if I want to ever write a memoir in the future, I have tons of embarrassing entries about boys, junior high drama, puberty, oh, and (did I mention?) boys to use as content. Actually, I seriously hope many of those journals never see the light of day.
At Quantum Fairy Tales, we LOVE getting submissions from young writers or artists. In fact, we love it so much that we devoted our whole fourth issue to contributors under the age of 18.
There are so many talented young people out there, and we love to see young people practicing and improving their love of writing and art. Keep the submissions coming! If you don’t know what to write, try getting yourself a cheap journal and fill those pages with your thoughts. It might be a good place to start.