80 Journal Writing Prompts

  • April 6, 2011

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  • Name something you lost or gave away that can never be replaced.
  • What 5 websites do you visit often, and why?
  • Name a totally useless possession and how you came to acquire it.
  • What music album would be used for a movie about your life?
  • List your bad habits and/or addictions and what you have tried to rid yourself of them.
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be, and what would you do if later on you changed your mind?
  • What are your religious beliefs?  Have they changed, or have they always stayed the same?
  • When was your last food craving, and what did you crave?
  • Who was your first crush and what made them special?
  • Name your most cherished childhood memory.
  • Turn to an entry in your journal or diary from a year or more ago.  What has changed and what has stayed the same since then?
  • What is one thing nobody knows about you because nobody ever cared to ask?
  • Robert Frost write a poem titled The Road Not Taken.  Name a road you’ve always wanted to travel.  Where do you hope it takes you, and what might you see on the way?
  • Name one thing you always wanted to do, but haven’t.  What has prevented you from doing it?
  • Write about your first kiss.  Was it everything you wished or hoped it would be?
  • What was the worst mistake or decision you have ever made in life?  What could you have done differently?
  • What song was stuck in your head recently, and what were you doing at the time that made you think of it?
  • Describe 5 things you want to see or do before it’s too late.
  • Write about something you now know that you wish you knew earlier in life.  How could this knowledge have helped you?
  • Write about your greatest fear.
  • Name one thing you feel brings out the good in people.
  • Describe a time in your life when everything turned out fine, despite the odds.
  • If you invented a device that could fix one problem you are facing right now, would you use it?  What problem would you like to solve?
  • Write about the last time you spoke to your best friend.  What did you talk about?
  • Describe a time you felt alone.
  • Name something you found; what was it and where did you find it?
  • What’s on your calendar for tomorrow?
  • What is the most annoying sound you have ever heard?
  • Describe your first job.
  • What is the one thing you cannot live without?
  • Quote the nicest thing anyone has ever said about you.
  • Are you afraid of the dark?  Why or why not?
  • Describe the longest amount of time you have ever been away from home.
  • Write about a recent adventure or travels.
  • Who did you idolize growing up?
  • Name a celebrity or famous person you wish would take you out on a date.
  • Describe your daily routine when you get out of bed in the morning.
  • What was the longest amount of time you have spent waiting on line for something?  What was it, and was it worth the wait?
  • Name one thing you have always been good at doing.
  • What is your favorite season, and why?
  • What was the title of the last book you read?
  • List your biggest regrets.
  • Have you ever seen a ghost?
  • Describe your note-taking style and habits.
  • Do you believe that we are all here for a reason?  What might the reason be?
  • What comes to mind when someone uses the phrase prolonging the magic?
  • Have you ever done something just to feel the danger, or to feel alive?
  • What is your favorite cliché?
  • What are all your thoughts on god?
  • How do rainy days make you feel?
  • What is the most amount of money you have had at one time?
  • Write a celebrity crush list.
  • What is the most amazing thing you have ever seen, heard, or experienced?
  • What effect does music have on you?
  • What did you learn today?  What did you learn yesterday?
  • What 5 traits do people first notice when they meet you for the first time?
  • Have you ever carved your name or initials into a tree or stone?
  • Democracy, communism, or socialism?  Defend your choice.
  • Does Never Never Land really exist?
  • Where is a great place to get breakfast?
  • List 3 things that went right (or wrong) today.
  • What is the best method of travel, and in what ways have you traveled?
  • If you could give the world just one thing, what would it be?
  • What were your best and worst subjects in school or college?
  • Describe the most outrageous thing anyone has dared you to do.
  • Ice cream: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
  • What historical events happened the year you were born?
  • Pick up a random object that has special meaning to you and describe it in as much detail as possible.
  • Write about a recent visit to a museum or art gallery.
  • What food items do you consider staples in a well-balanced diet?
  • Describe your feelings in regards to an issue in todays society, and what would be done to fix it.
  • If you had only one wish, what would you wish for?
  • If you could tell the world just one thing, what would you say?
  • Share a dirty little secret about yourself (or someone else).
  • Name a time when you broke a rule or law.  Did you get caught, or did you get away with it?
  • Have you ever gone skinny dipping?
  • Name something you would like to devote more time to seeing or doing.
  • What is the name of your favorite book, magazine, or publication?
  • Describe your first car.
  • Thunderstorms… Inspiring or scary?


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