To keep a diary is to attempt a difficult literary form.
Its effectiveness is likely to derive from a special blend of honesty and appetite for life that gives the power to record everyday happenings while magically freeing them from banality and triviality.
With songwriting I spend a lot of time living life, accruing all these experiences, journaling, and then by the time I get to the studio I'm teeming with the drive to write.
It may sound lame, but I've been journaling since I was in third grade.
I love it! It makes me feel calm and happy.