Five Personal Journal Prompts

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Journal prompts for self-exploration.

Most writers keep a journal of some kind to jot down ideas, scenes, thoughts, and questions.

Journals can be used in many different ways. However, one of the most traditional uses for a journal is to write about one’s own life. Often, this type of journal is also called a diary.

It’s not always easy coming up with topics to write about, and writing about oneself is difficult for many writers (just ask any writer how hard it is to write a bio). Surely, journal entries can be more than simply recounting the events or routine of each day.




Journal prompts provide ideas for topics that you can use to inspire a journal writing session. Today’s journal prompts are ideal for diarists who sometimes get stuck and can’t think of anything to write about. They’re also great for folks who would like to keep a diary, but don’t know where to start. You could even use these journal prompts as topics on a personal blog.

Who knows? If you keep it up, you may even end up writing a memoir.

Journal Prompts

Here are five personal journal prompts:

  1. My earliest memory
  2. The happiest day of my life
  3. My greatest goal
  4. Lately, I’ve spent a lot of my free time…
  5. I love to…

As you go through these journal prompts, give yourself time to thoughtfully explore each topic. The more time you allot, the more you’ll write, and you’ll find that your thoughts crystallize after the first few minutes of writing, once you’ve warmed up.

Looking for more ideas for your journal writing? Here are a few more sources of inspiration that you can use as journal prompts:

  • Look for events or happenings in the news and ask yourself “what if that were me?”
  • Build a character sketch of yourself and write a piece about yourself in third person.
  • Collect writing exercises and turn them into journal prompts by making them about you.

Feel free to share any pieces you write as a result of using these journal prompts. You can leave an excerpt or a short piece in the comments or include a link to your blog post.

Have fun with these journal prompts, and keep writing!

If you have any journal prompts to share, feel free to post them in the comments.

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Journal Prompts for Giving Thanks

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Journal prompts for cultivating gratitude.

Are you looking for a writing challenge? Want to stretch and tone your writerly muscles? Do you need ideas to trigger a good writing session?

Journal prompts can be used in a number of ways.

Journal writing is excellent for building skills and maintaining a regular writing practice, and journal prompts can help you use your journal creatively and effectively.

In keeping with the theme for November, a month when we here in the U.S. pay more heed than usual to giving thanks, today I’d like to present a series of journal prompts for promoting thankfulness.




Journal Prompts

You can use one of these journal prompts or use all of them. You might even want to start a gratitude journal just for giving thanks. Such a journal is a great way to remind yourself of all the things in life for which you are grateful and to keep your mind in a positive space.

  1. One of the best experiences of my life was… I am grateful for that experience because…
  2. Appreciating little things like a sunset or a delicious meal is important to me. Some of the little things that I appreciate are…
  3. People aren’t perfect, but even with all their flaws, they bring much happiness to my life. I am grateful for the following people… I love or appreciate them because…
  4. There are lots of things I can do to make sure I feel grateful each and every day. Some of those things include…
  5. Sometimes, I need to remind myself that I have much to be thankful for. I can remember those things through journal writing and by…

You can also simply make a list of all the things and people that make you feel grateful. Write a list of 100 people you’re grateful for, 50 experiences you’re glad you’ve had, or 25 little things you appreciate every day.

Feel free to use these journal prompts to inspire a comment. Tell us what you’re grateful for! And keep writing.

Got any journal prompts to share? Leave a comment!

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