Why did your character decide to keep a diary? Have they always kept one (is there embarrassing old evidence? ), or is it a new development? Is some event or problem driving their choice to journal their daily life? They started writing a diary because I wanted to do the diary challenge. lol! For Mark Tantiss he said his psychiatrist told him journaling could help him with his anxiety. This was right after he discovered he was a clone and all his background was just flash memories inserted into his brain. His son Talon was told my a journalist that he should record his adventures because somebody might want to read them sometime. Of course the journalist thought Talon was Luke's love child at the time. How are they keeping this diary? Are they going archaic with pen and whatever one uses for paper, typing into a device, recording their voice, using video-like technology, or something else? Do they stick to words or use other media as well? No it is on datapad. What's their writing style like? Do they go into cinematic detail, describing everything and recording full conversations? Do they prefer to go the other way and stick to summarizing the facts as briefly as possible? Just to be clear, I personally think both of these are fine ways to keep a diary. But each says something different about the character keeping the diary. What personality, professional, cultural, or other factors are influencing your character's way of recording events? They describe everything like they recorded the full conversations. It is the way I write letters to people in real life. I use less descriptions of the environment and facial expressions, but I will quote conversations. Of course it is a conversation as I remember it, so I can't vouch for its accuracy. What do they choose to talk about in their diary? Is writing a way to remember, or is it also about understanding the present? Or even making decisions about the future? Are some topics easier than others or do they tend to spill all once they get started? Is there any case where they are hiding something that they don't reveal in their diary, and if so then why? Are there important things that the author and/or audience know that the character does not? Having the character hide something is difficult. Once I had one of my characters say something like, "I can't write what happened. I know I have this datapad secured and encrypted, but I just can't take the chance." The bad thing about the diary is there is only one viewpoint. What the character knows, the audience usually knows. If there is a secret in the story then my character has to be in the dark also so to surprise the audience. Mini Challenge: Hobbies Show or mention something that your character does for entertainment in their spare time. Do they have an artistic side? Are they into sports? Outdoor hiking and climbing? Music? Technological gadgets and games? Knitting? Collecting things? Reading/watching/telling stories of some kind? Cheating at sabacc? (Bad Jedi, no cookie! Everyone who isn't a Jedi... okay, they're probably also not getting a cookie.) Talon likes working out and getting into trouble. Talon also likes pittins and he got attached to a baby vornskr. Mark likes working out and eating delicious meals made by his chef wife. It is also heavily implied that Mark likes playing bedroom dress-up with his wife. He is a little on the kinky side. Supposedly he has an exotic wardrobe in his closet to include Mandalorian armor, a stormtrooper outfit, an Imperial Knight uniform, an Imperial officer uniform and some other miscellaneous stuff.