The great thing about keeping a diary is having a judgement-free outlet for your innermost feelings. As you can see from the four examples below, even the most famous and talented individuals can feel sorrow and insecurity, and turning to a journal helped them cope with tough times, too.

Henry James Has a Bad Day

When he was having a tough time, English-American writer Henry James unloaded in his diary.

Henry James
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Flannery O’Connor Turns to Prayer

A deeply spiritual woman, American writer Flannery O’Connor wrote to God when feeling discouraged.

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Beethoven Battles Deafness with Conversation Starters

When he began losing his hearing, Beethoven took to having his friends write down talking points to which he could respond orally or in the journal.

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Theodore Roosevelt Deals with Loss

American President Theodore Roosevelt’s diary entry after losing both his mother and his wife is heartbreakingly succinct.

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