Helen Peters is the author of Anna at War and The Secret Hen House Theatre. She grew up on an old-fashioned farm in Sussex, surrounded by family, animals and mud.
Diaries are the most honest record of how people really lived and felt. When you look back at your diaries, everything you wrote will bring back memories. And you never know it might help another writer write a book!
Helen's book Anna At War was hugely inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, the diary of a teenager who had to go into hiding during the second World War. Here is what Helen learned from Anne Frank on the art of diary writing.
Here's a quick look at Helen's Tips:
1. There are no rules.
2. Be honest.
3. Write as if you're writing to a trusted friend.
4. Think about senses.
5. Write plainly.
6. Write whatever you want.