Is "write a diary" natural English? Many teachers say it is incorrect, but the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English online gives the following collocation:

keep/write a diary (=write regularly in a diary) While I was travelling, I kept a diary every day.


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"Write a diary" seems perfectly normal, and there is plenty of usage:

I'm convinced people tell the truth when they write a diary, The Independent

Why I'd never write a diary. (Lucy Mangan in The Guardian)

But see this answer on our sister site, that finds "Keep a diary" is much more common.

Note that you "write a diary entry" to refer to one day.

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