Journal Prompt Questions About Life:
1) What is the most amazing animal you can think of? What makes this animal amazing in your eyes? Try using it in a story setting, or write up an article about it.
2) What are your earliest memories of your mom/dad/a grandparent?
What were you doing, how old were you, and where were you when these memories originally took place?
3) Who is your best friend? What makes him/her so likable?
Write about some of the adventures you’ve had together. Don’t forget to create a character profile for your friend, including a physical description!
4) Think back to your first job interview—the one where you didn’t get the job. What could you have done differently?
How would your life be different if you had gotten the job?
5) Think about your first job: why did you leave?
How was your next job different?
What were the “office dynamics” like at your first job?
If you had been in management, how would you have changed the way things were run?
6) What has been your favorite job so far?
What responsibilities did/do you have?
How has the job changed your life?
7) Think about all the vacations you’ve had in your life. Which one was the most fun? Write about where you went and what you did and who you met. Which one was the most adventuresome? Which was the biggest fail — and if you could go back and do it over, how would you change things to make it awesome instead of a failed vacation?
8) Think about a time when you messed up — how would life be different if you hadn’t? What can you do today to fix a past mistake?
9) What makes you angry? Create a list of “pet peeves” and explain why each one made the list. What makes you happy, sad, or anxious? Think of ways to get more happiness into your life, then create a step-by-step plan to make it happen!
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10) If dogs could talk, what would yours say? (If you don’t have a dog, substitute your pet. If you don’t have a pet, think of a friend’s dog.) Think about a day spent with your dog and write down all the various conversations that take place that day.
11) It’s time to fess up: name a character flaw you have (if you’re human, you have at least one!), and create a 3-5-step plan to fix it. It’s never too late to change!
12) What was your last phone call/text message about? How did it affect your life and the life of the other person who participated? How would life be different if it hadn’t taken place?
13) Take time to write out a Bucket List if you don’t already have one. Why did you choose the activities you listed? Write out the steps needed to accomplish at least two of the items on your list within the next two years.
14) Write about this image:


Journal Prompts For Letter Writing To:
15) … your grandchildren. Tell them about your own childhood, and offer some tips for transitioning to adulthood.
16) … the mayor. Let him/her know what you like best about your city. Or, if there is something that needs to be changed, discuss that in your letter.
17) … the clerk at the grocery store. Did you appreciate her cheerfulness, or did she seem preoccupied? Express your gratitude, or offer a pep talk to help her get through the day.
18) … your future self (in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years). Where do you hope to be as you reach each of these milestones in regards to your physical needs, work goals, and emotional well-being?
19) … “family back home” as if you were one of the first settlers in your town/city. If you know your town’s history, incorporate that into your story. If you don’t know it, how do you think it was settled?
20) … “family back home” as if you were the first person in your ancestral line who came to America. What is this new country like? What do you see and experience that you couldn’t see or experience in your home country?
21) … One of the people in this image.
Journal Prompts For Story Telling:
22) Josh slammed the door shut. Why is he so mad?
23) Susan waited patiently for the light to turn green. Where is she going?
24) Create a story from a recent dream. Jot down everything you remember, and then fill in the gaps to make it flow smoothly.
25) Start a story about this image.


Journal Prompts For Observations:
26) What do you see outside your window right now? If you are not near a window, what do you think the world is like on the other side of the wall next to you?
27) What sounds do you hear right now? (Other than the hum of your computer, that is.)
28) What types of smells did you encounter today? What do you smell right now?
29) Choose three objects that are in front of you. What do they feel like? If you cannot reach out and touch them, describe what you think they feel like.
30) What taste is in your mouth? What do you wish you tasted right now?
31) Describe someone you know casually, such as your banker teller, a store clerk, the waitress at your favorite restaurant, etc. Talk about their physical traits, all their favorite things, personality quirks, and family life. You don’t need to know them really well – just make stuff up!
32) Describe the perfect meal. Who are you with, where are you eating, and what is on your plate?
33) Describe colors to a blind person. How can you make them understand the differences in the colors of the rainbow?
34) Describe your observations related to a photo you love.


Journal Prompts For Being Creative:
35) What did you do last Saturday? Create a “How-to” article to teach it to someone else.
36) Create a complete character sketch. What do they like and dislike? What are their religious beliefs and political leanings? How about their favorite color, number, food, etc.? What is their full name, how many siblings do they have and have they ever had a traumatic experience? What else can you tell about them?
37) Pick up a dictionary or encyclopedia and open to a random page. Choose a word/entry and then create a story/article around it. Or, tell how it would fit into a story or article.
38) What’s your favorite song? Write the backstory for it. Why was it written, who was it written about or for, etc.?
39) Think of five quotes. Use all of them in a pretend dialog. (Yes, all five should fit in somehow, not as quotes, but as casual conversation. If needed, alter the quotes slightly—but don’t lose their context—to make them more personal.)
40) Write something creative about this image.


Poetry Journal Prompts
41) Write a Haiku.
42) Write a Limerick.
43) Create a Dr. Suess-style poem.
After 43 Days
After you’ve spent 43 days using these prompts, pull up your favorite search engine and find a new list.
Or better yet, create your own prompts.
Stretch your brain muscles! You may surprise yourself with how creative you can be.
Can you think of a few more prompts to add to this list? Leave them in a comment for others to see.