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Famous Diaries: Nick Cave’s Handwritten Dictionary

You may know Nick Cave as the gravelly-voiced, mustachioed lead singer of The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and Grinderman or as the bowler...

Famous Diaries: 4 Million Words, 66 Years, 1 Half-Ton of Memories

Think you know who is Britain’s most prolific writer? Is it Charles Dickens? William Shakespeare? Not even close. Retired English agriculture consultant John Gadd...

These 3 Pieces of Correspondence Prove that Famous Artists Are Just Like Us

Flipping through the pages of People or Hello! may suggest that the lives of famous people are ones of glamour and to be envied,...

Before They Were Famous: What Your Favourite Writers Journalled About

Famous authors: They're just like us, right? Actually, that's quite true! Looking at the pre-fame journals of the literary elite proves that they experience...

The 10 Most Infamous Literary Hoaxes of All Time

It's the first day of April, meaning we had all better be extra vigilant about stories that seem too good, or absurd, to be...

Famous Diary Entries: Smithsonian Edition

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Famous Diary Entries: A War Diary Inscribed on a Violin

Here's something a little different in our ongoing look at famous or otherwise-historical diary entries. When most people think of a diary they're probably...

Writing Wednesday: 9 Accomplished Authors on Why They Keep a Journal

It would be easy to believe that fiction writing and journal writing are mutually exclusive endeavours, but as the writers below have so eloquently...

3 Diary Entries That Show What the Writers Really Thought About Their Contemporaries

We often highlight how wonderful journals can be for holding your private thoughts – places where you can be completely honest about how you're...

Inside the Sketchbook: Frida Kahlo’s Vibrant Drawings

A Frida Kahlo self-portrait is instantly recognisable, thanks to her accurate rendering of her own sizable and distinctive eyebrows. And while th0se may be...

The Paperblanks Journal Prompts App

Hundreds of creative prompt ideas that can be used with your favourite writing journal or sketchbook.