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It is in description that the keeper of a diary becomes artist. All description is art, and in describing an event, an action or a being, you enter into the joy of art. You are more than the mere secretary of life, patiently taking down dictation; you become its singer, the expresser of its glory. With a verbal description goes also sketching, the thumbnail sketch, the vague impression. There is no reason for being afraid of bad drawing in one’s own personal travel diary. The main thing is that it be yours and have some relationship to the eyes and the thing seen. – Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping