Journal Writing Prompts

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” ~Joan Didion

I’ve been doing a little research into a journaling workshop I’ll be doing later this summer. As I’ve buzzed around the internet, there are a lot of journaling prompts. Some are better than others. Here are fifteen of my favorites.

  1. Ten things that make you smile
  2. Using 10 words, describe yourself
  3. What scares you?
  4. What worries you?
  5. Three things you’d take with you if a natural disaster struck and you had to leave your home.
  6. Three things you’d do if you weren’t afraid
  7. Is it easy for you to forgive?
  8. Favorite holiday traditions?
  9. If you could meet a fictional character, who would it be?
  10. What’s your mom or dad’s favorite saying? Start a paragraph with it.
  11. Look in the mirror. What interests you?
  12. What really matters most to you?
  13. Something hard you did anyway.
  14. Something beautiful you saw today (object, action, word).
  15. One person who is hard to get along with. Write a good thing about them.

And as a parting thought: Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  What is your ‘you cannot ____’ voice always blabbering on about?  Get to silencing it.

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