20 Journaling Prompts to Spark Your Creativity

I’m guessing that I’m not alone when I say that a blank page in a new journal can be really intimidating. For a long time, I thought of journaling as being an obligation where you’re forced to write about what you did each day. I soon realized, however, that while many people do this, the possibilities are limitless when it comes to journaling. For anyone who’s suffering from writer’s block or who just wants to give journaling a try, take a look at these 20 journaling ideas and prompts for some creative inspiration. 

  1. Describe what you did today in as much detail as possible! Start from when you woke up and chronicle each thing you did throughout the day. 
  2. Write about something that you’re grateful for. 
  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Write down a list of your dreams and ambitions.
  4. Write a review of the last TV show you watched, filled with your thoughts and feelings. Take it to the next level with pictures or drawings of your favorite character.
  5. Who would you say is your comfort character? Write about them and explain what about them resonates with you.
  6. Jot down a playlist of songs that describes your current mood! Add pictures or doodles of the album covers of the songs you mention.
  7. Try writing with your non-dominant hand. Write about something that’s currently weighing heavily on your mind. 
  8. Note down a book quote that resonates with you! Why do you like it so much?
  9. Create a zentangle. This involves drawing various structured patterns that are pleasing to the eye.
  10. Get creative and make a shape poem! Draw an outline of an image and then fill it with words. 
  11. Make a list of activities and coping strategies that you can use next time you feel upset or worried. Mark the page so that you can look back at it in the future!
  12. Who inspires you? Write about them and explain what about them you want to emulate.
  13. Talk about your friends! Why do you like them? What do you enjoy doing with them?
  14. Make a list of books you want to read and movies that people have recommended to you. Refer to it in the future whenever you need something to pick up or watch!
  15. Think back to yourself from a year ago. How have you changed? What have you learned?
  16. Experiment with calligraphy! Try writing your name in different fonts using various markers. 
  17. Make a collage that’s representative of where you are in your life right now! Use printed photos, magazine cut outs, newspaper clippings, your own art, and whatever else you have on hand. 
  18. Think back to what your favorite show was as a kid. Watch an episode and then write a paragraph reflecting on what you loved so much about it and whether it passes the test of time.
  19. Write down lyrics from your current favorite song. Draw a picture to accompany it!
  20. What do you love about yourself? If that’s a hard question for you to answer, that’s alright, but try writing a love letter to yourself filled with encouragement and self-assurance. 

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