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50 MORE Journal Writing Prompts

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  1. Name one thing that has always fascinated you.
  2. What is the most valuable item or largest sum of money you have ever found?
  3. Name one thing in your life you hope you never have to see or encounter.
  4. Growing up, what career goals or dreams of accomplishments did you have?  Did any of them come to be, how many did you abandon or revise along the way?
  5. Write about a time in your life when things weren’t the way you or others thought they should be.
  6. Describe an odd or unusual writing habit or ritual you or someone you know has.  (Here are some Unusual Writing Habits.)
  7. Can a book really be judged by its cover?  Explain in as much detail as possible why or why not.
  8. Describe a moment in your life you laughed so hard you cried, had a drink come out your nose, or peed in your pants.
  9. Detail the greatest prank you have ever pulled off successfully.
  10. What musical medium did you grow up with; vinyl records, CD’s, or MP3’s?
  11. How long was your longest inter-personal relationship?  Was it friendship, family, romantic, or something else?
  12. What is your biggest ambition in life?
  13. What is your lucky number, and why is it so lucky?
  14. How long have you been able to live off the grid?  No e-mail, Internet, electricity, running water, etc.
  15. What is your favorite chess piece?
  16. Do you have a daily or weekly routine that you follow?
  17. What is the worst event in history to have ever taken place, in your opinion?  Could something like this possibly happen again?
  18. How would you classify your ideal living or working situation?
  19. Who in your life has been the best positive influence on your life?
  20. What things do you enjoy most in your life?
  21. Is there anything you, ‘just know’ and have no explainable or rational way to explain how you know it?
  22. What was the most intamite or personal question you have ever asked someone, or have been asked of you?
  23. What Lo-Fi or non-electronic / old-school things from the past do you still enjoy?
  24. Describe your first intamite experience.
  25. If you could start your life over from birth, what is the one thing you would change about yourself?
  26. Have you ever wanted to trade places with someone else for a day, week, or a lifetime?  If so, who was it and why?
  27. Name something you’ve always wanted that you will never ever have.
  28. Describe a time in your life when you were lost (figuratively or not).
  29. Do you believe the end of the world will come to pass during your lifetime?
  30. If you could choose to believe in Science or religion, which would you choose and why?
  31. Is there ever justification for revenge?  What things in your life have made you vengeful?
  32. Have you ever risked your life to save the life of someone else?  Would you if the situation arose?
  33. What is your biggest insecurity?
  34. In your own opinion, what is the greatest downfall of modern society.
  35. How long have you gone without something necessary to your survival (food, shelter, water, sleep, or clothing)?
  36. Assuming you’ve lost your virginity, at what age did you lose it?
  37. Are you or someone else the black sheep of the family?
  38. Is beauty skin deep or does it come from somewhere else?
  39. How good are you at keeping secrets?  Spill 5 closely-guarded secrets.
  40. Did you ever have your own ‘special place’ as a child?
  41. What are your beliefs in regards to cosmetic or plastic surgery?
  42. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  43. Have you ever been homeless, or had no place to call your home?
  44. Has anyone (besides yourself) ever read your journal, either with or without your permission?
  45. What rumor(s) were spread about you?  Were any of them true?
  46. What are the best and worst memories of childhood?
  47. Have you ever had a crush on an authority figure (i.e. boss, teacher, etc.).
  48. Have you ever felt as if you were a failure or somehow ‘failed’ someone you care about?
  49. Do you have any irrational fears?
  50. Describe your relationships with your family/friends/parents/significant other.

The original 80 Journal Writing Prompts are here.

Creative Commons License
130 Journal Writing Prompts by Thomas W.P. Slatin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
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These prompts are subject to copyright.

21 responses to “50 MORE Journal Writing Prompts”

    • More? Oh yes, and a book out later in the year. You are free to use them, in fact I encourage you to, but please don’t copy and paste the entire list like some other folks have.


      Thomas 🙂

      • Hehe copy/paste the whole list? No, no, won’t do that. I’ll just use the titles as I have been doing and tag you at the bottom like I have been doing. That’ll suit me. 😀

  1. Hey Tom! This is a great and inspiring list, along with the initial list of 80 prompts. I would love to use some of these with my 7th and 8th grade students, if that would be acceptable to you! I know they would be so inspired by these!

  2. I really appreciate this list. I plan to share with teachers in my district who use writing prompts-and they will be sure to give you credit.

    • Full credit? Then the answer is an absolute YES! Please don’t copy and paste the entire list anywhere online, or I’m gonna have to call you on it. And don’t forget to link to my site somewhere… 🙂

  3. Hey these are great, I’m going to use them in my journal on a website. I wont post all the questions in my journal. I will post the link to here and tell them that I am using them from here and every day I will come here and get a new question. Thanks for posting these : )

    • This is great. Please mention where you got these from, if you post them on the Internet. That is all I ask (they are protected by US copyright). Enjoy, and thanks for the props!

    • Be sure to post your responses to a blog. I like to see what folks come up with. You can even include the original prompt in the post, with a link back.

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