Last Updated on August 17, 2023
Human beings have been using creative journaling prompts to express themselves creatively since they first set foot on this planet.
Evidence of people’s creativity can be seen in early cave drawings which depict the lives of the people who lived at that time.
It is the ability to use our minds in a creative way that, along with the ability to reason, separates us from animals.
Many of us enjoy creative outlets as hobbies. They bring a welcome diversion from the stress and sometimes boredom of our working lives.
One of the greatest benefits of creativity is that we learn about ourselves. This is certainly true of creative journal writing.
In this article you will find seven different categories of creative journal prompts – 402 in all – that will inspire and motivate you.
Journal Prompts For Creative Writing
Creative writing can be very freeing. When we write creatively, we are not bound by any rules, and can allow our thoughts to flow.
You may have ideas for creative writing that you want to use, or you might be looking for some direction.
The creative writing journaling prompts in the following list provide lots of marvelous ideas that you can use as springboards for your writing.
For example, one prompt directs you to write about a treasured memory and what makes it so special.
Another prompt asks you to reflect on what your favorite song/musical piece is and why.
There are prompts that harken back to your childhood, and others that have you looking to the future, your hopes and dreams, your ideals.
Jump in and see what inspires you!
Journal Prompts For Creative Writing
1. “If you could invent something to make your life easier, how would it work and what would it do?”
2. “Write about a treasured memory and what makes it so special.”
3. “Donating time or money—which do you prefer and why?”
4 “If you could go back and do a particular vacation over, how would you change things to make it awesome instead of a failed vacation?”
5. “Who do you look up to and why?”
6. “Write about a time you were truly happy.”
7. “What was the most painful thing you ever went through? What did you learn from it?”
8. “Write about your best friend and how you met.”
9. “What does love look like? What does it feel like?”
10. “What about your life makes you miserable? What do you know you need to give up?”
11. “What was your childhood dream and why? What happened to that dream and why?”
12. “What’s one lesson you’ve learned the hard way?”
13. “Describe your ideal home in as much detail as you can.”
14. “If you didn’t have to worry about money or people’s opinions, what would you do with your life?”
15. “Describe something beautiful.”
16. “Is there someone you’d like to thank but can’t for some reason? Write a letter to that person, even if you never send it.”
17. “What is your favorite song/musical piece and why?”
18. “Skim the headlines from your local newspaper or news site. What captures your attention? Why? Write about that.”
19. “What music do you regularly listen to and why? How do you feel after listening to it?”
20. “Think about yourself, your relationships, your career, etc. What’s something you would like to change? Write about how you would change it if you could.”
21. “What ways can you think of to get more happiness into your life? Create a step-by-step plan to make it happen!”
22. “The next time you’re out, pay attention to the nametags of people working in stores or restaurants. Write an imagined life for one or more of them.”
23. “List the 5 people you spend the most time with, why, and how they’re affecting you—your behaviors, your thoughts, your life.”
24. “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?”
25. “Look out your window and write about what you observe. Use it as a launching point or stick to facts, wherever your pen takes you.”
26. “List the top 5 people you admire, and why.”
27. “Create a list of “pet peeves” and explain why each one made the list. What makes you happy, sad, or anxious?”
28. “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?”
29. “List your top 5 favorite books/movies, and your reasons for choosing them.”
30. “Who is your favorite person in all the world and why?”
31. “Create a story from a recent dream. Jot down everything you remember, and then fill in the gaps to make it flow smoothly.”
32. “Define the following: Success. Wisdom. Love. Faith. Truth. Courage. Joy.”
33. “If your house burned to the ground, what are the top 1–3 things you would want to save?”
34. “How do you spend your money?”
35. “Write about some of the adventures you’ve had with your best friend. Don’t forget to create a character profile for your friend, as well as a physical description.”
36. “What is the next thing you want to learn? And to what degree?”
37. “List all the things you think you should do, that you don’t want to do.”
38. “Who is your best friend? What makes him/her so likable?”
39. “How do you spend your time? On a weekday? On a weekend?”
40. “List all the things you think you should not do, but do. Why do you think you do them?”
41. “What is a book you wish someone would write?”
42. “Think back to your first job interview—the one where you didn’t get the job. What could you have done differently?”
43. “What were you doing in your earliest memories of your mom/dad/a grandparent, how old were you, and where were you when these memories originally took place?”
44. “Create an ideal budget for your time and money based on percentages (Ex with finances: 10% donations, 40% to live on, 20% to support family, 15% taxes, 10% savings, 5% fun stuff, etc.) Why is this your ideal budget?”
45. “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.”
46. “What do you think God is like?”
47. “I couldn’t imagine living without…”
48. “Make a list of 30 things that make you smile.”
49. “What has been your favorite job so far?”
50. “How was your next job different?”
51. “The words I’d like to live by are…”
52. “My favorite way to spend the day is…”
53. “How has the job changed your life?”
54. “If you had been in management, how would you have changed the way things were run?”
55. “Think about your first job: why did you leave?”
56. “What were the “office dynamics” like at your first job?”
57. “What are two moments from your life that you’ll never forget? Describe them in great detail, and what makes them so unforgettable.”
58. “Write about where you went on your best vacation and what you did and who you met. Which one was the most adventuresome? Which was the biggest fail?”
59. “Think about all the vacations you’ve had in your life. Which one was the most fun?”
60. “If I could talk to my teenage self, the one thing I would say is…”
61. “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?”
62. “What always brings tears to your eyes?”
63. “What would you do if you loved yourself unconditionally? How can you act on these things whether you do or don’t?”
64. “What do you love about life?”
65. “Using 10 words, describe yourself.”
66. “What does unconditional love look like for you?”
67. “Name a compassionate way you’ve supported a friend recently. Then write down how you can do the same for yourself.”
68. “I really wish others knew this about me…”
69. “I feel happiest in my skin when…”
70. “What’s surprised you the most about your life or life in general?”
71. “If my body could talk, it would say…”
72. “Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely support you, and who you can genuinely trust.”
73. “Make a list of everything you’d like to say no to.”
74. “Write about a time when work felt real to you, necessary and satisfying. Paid or unpaid, professional or domestic, physical or mental.”
75. “Name what is enough for you.”
76. “Write about your first love—whether a person, place, or thing.”
77. “Make a list of everything you’d like to say yes to.”
78. “When I’m in pain—physical or emotional—the kindest thing I can do for myself is…”
79. “I feel most energized when…”
80. “If dogs could talk, what would yours say?”
81. “Make a list of everything that inspires you—from books to websites, to quotes, people, paintings, stores, or the stars.”
82. “Write the words you need to hear.”
83. “What can you learn from your biggest mistakes?”
84. “Write a list of questions to which you urgently need answers.”
85. “What’s one topic you need to learn more about to help you live a more fulfilling life?”
86. “What makes you angry?”
87. “Name a character flaw you have.”
Creative Writing Journal Prompts For Teens
Did you know that in our teenage years the part of the brain responsible for emotions and creativity is super active? It’s even more active than the logical part of our brain.
The teenage years are the perfect time to tap into creative pursuits. Many teenagers enjoy expressing their thoughts and feelings creatively through writing poetry.
Another great way for young people to write creatively is through journal writing.
Students are often introduced to journal writing in elementary school where they are directed to write about how they feel about a story that’s been read, and how they connect with it.
Building on this familiarity with journal writing makes terrific sense!
Check out the list of journal prompts for teens and see what gets your teen journaling!
Creative Journaling Prompts For Teens
88. “How do others see you? Why do you think that?”
89. “What are you most afraid of?”
90. “What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?”
91. “If you had to wear the same shirt every day for a year, what shirt would you pick?”
92. “Who is the person you trust the most? Why?”
93. “Who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with? Why?”
94. “What do you want people to remember you for?”
95. “If you could spend a day with a historical figure, who would you pick? What would you do?”
96. “What is the best movie you have ever seen? What makes it so great?”
97. “What is the hardest part about being a teenager today?”
98. “If you could relive an entire year of your life, which year would you pick and what would you do differently?”
99. “What makes you feel the happiest?”
100. “What would be the title of your life movie right now? Why?”
101. “What rule do you think is stupid? What would you change about it?”
102. “Do you prefer to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes? “
103. “Write a letter to your future self.”
104. “Do you feel nervous about something today? Why?”
105. “If you could live in the world of any book, movie, or TV series, which one would you choose and why?”
106. “If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?”
107. “What are you afraid to talk about? Why?”
108. “What is one mistake you learned from? What did you learn?”
109. “What effect do you think social media has on you?”
110. “What is your favorite book? Why?”
111. “If you could change your name, what would you call yourself?”
112. “What is something your parents do that you will never do when you have kids?”
113. “What was the best vacation you’ve ever been on? What made it so special?”
114. “If you found out the world was going to end in 2 days, what would you do with that time?”
115. “What habit do you have that you want to change? How would you change it?”
116. “What would you ask if you could talk to your future self? Write down the questions and save them.”
117. “Describe yourself in 30 words.”
118. “List 25 things that make you smile.”
119. “If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?”
120. “If you could be a famous social media influencer, what would you be known for?”
121. “Your parents said you can use the basement as your own personal hangout space. What will you do with the room?”
122. “If you won $10,000, what would you use the money for?”
123. “What fictional character is most like you? Write the similarities between them and you.”
124. “Has a friend ever stood up for you?”
125. “What would you tell your younger self?”
126. “Have you ever stood up to a bully?”
127. “If you had to be stuck on an island with one person for a year, who would you want to be stranded with?”
128. “Who is your best friend? What makes them so special?”
129. “Write a list of 20 things you want to do before you turn 20.”
130. “What is the most important issue facing teenagers today?”
131. “What is one thing you could do to help someone tomorrow?”
132. “What is the best way to spend a Saturday?”
133. “If you could be best friends with a celebrity, who would you want to be friends with?”
134. “The local newspaper wants to interview you. What will the story be about?”
135. “If money was no object, what would you buy for yourself?”
136. “If you found a genie in a bottle, what three wishes would you use?”
137. “If you could invent a new technology, what would it do?”
138. “What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them for the first time?”
139. “Do you think it’s important to stand up for something you think is wrong? Why or why not?”
140. “Would your life be better if the internet didn’t exist? Why or why not?”
141. “Do you think you’re addicted to social media?”
142. “If you could go anywhere in the world for your summer vacation, where would you go?”
143. “What famous person do you admire? Why?”
144. “What is your goal for this year? How will you achieve it?”
145. “What is your favorite part of your day? Why?”
146. “List five things most people don’t know about you?”
147. “How would your life be better if there were no social media networks?”
148. “If you wrote a book, what would it be about?”
149. “What is one world problem that needs to be solved right now?”
150. “Write your favorite inspirational quote? Why is it inspiring?”
151. “What is the best invention ever made? Why?”
152. “What do teenagers expect from their parents?”
153. “Do you believe video games effect our emotional health? If so, is it a positive effect or negative?”
154. “Have you ever been misunderstood? What happened?”
155. “Name three good things that happened to you this week.”
156. “Would you ever delete all your social media profiles?”
157. “Who was your favorite teacher? Why?”
158. “What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a kid? Has that changed now?”
159. “What was the toughest decision you have had to make? Why was it so hard?”
160. “What is the biggest life lesson you have learned so far?”
161. “What is your favorite memory with your best friend(s)?”
162. “What are you looking forward to the most?”
163. “What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?”
164. “What is your dream job? How can you get it?”
165. “What is the best thing in life that you can’t buy?”
166. “What does self care mean to you?”
Creative Art Journal Prompts
This category called creative art journal prompts really gets you thinking about you as an artist, what inspires you, what work you have done recently and in the past and how that has changed over time.
The focus is on drawing, and expressing yourself through this artistic medium. The journal prompts have you reflect on how you express yourself in this medium, and how you can grow.
Here is an example:
Draw a picture of your perfect day – what would happen on that day if everything went exactly as planned? What would happen if everything went wrong? What’s one thing that would make this day even better than either scenario?
You are also encouraged to examine yourself as an artist. The simple prompt; What’s your favorite creative outlet and why? Can be pivotal in how you see yourself as an artist.
Take a look at this great list of creative art journal prompts and explore your creative self!
Creative Art Journal Prompts
167. “What’s been the biggest challenge on your artistic journey so far?”
168. “Do you tend to create more abstract or representational pieces? Why do you think that’s?”
169. “Draw a map of your day.”
170. “When did you start creating?”
171. “Draw a map of how you feel right now, and then draw a map of how you want to feel.”
172. “How do you feel about your art now compared to then?”
173. “What’s your favorite part of the creative process?”
174. “What’re your favorite pieces you’ve done in the past, and why?”
175. “Who’s an artist that inspires you in your work and why?”
176. “What made you want to become an artist?”
177. “Look at an object in your home and try to draw it from memory without looking at it again. Then look at what you drew! How does your drawing compare to the real object?”
178. “What’s your favorite color? And why?”
179. “How has your style changed over time?”
180. “Draw the things that make you happy.”
181. “What would you like to learn next?”
182. “Create a collage with pictures from magazines, newspapers, or clippings from books. What do these pictures tell you about yourself?”
183. “What types of things inspire you to create?”
184. “Is there a special skill or talent that’s surprised you lately?”
185. “Draw or paint a picture of what it feels like when the sun rises on a new day.”
186. “How long have you been making art?”
187. “If money were no object, what kind of studio would you want to work in?”
188. “What’s your favorite creative outlet and why?”
189. “Draw a self-portrait.”
190. “What do you like most about making art?”
191. “What was the first thing you ever made?”
192. “Create a piece of art inspired by a creative journal prompt above, using mixed media.”
193. “What advice would you give someone just starting in the art world?”
194. “Draw what success means to you and what failure is like in your life.”
195. “What do you wish someone had told you when you first started crafting?”
196. “What challenges and obstacles do you face when it comes to creativity?”
197. “Draw a picture of your perfect day – what would happen on that day if everything went exactly as planned? What would happen if everything went wrong? What’s one thing that would make this day even better than either scenario?”
198. “What’re three things that make up your creative space/workspace?”
199. “How do you choose the mediums or techniques you use in your work?”
200. “When did you realize crafting was more than just a hobby for you?”
201. “Draw what you’d like to see happen in the future.”
202. “Choose three colors and make sure each color appears at least once in your drawing – but don’t use them all at once!”
203. “What would it be and why if you could change one thing about yourself as an artist (or even just in life)?”
204. “Do you’ve any tips for artists looking for inspiration?”
205. “Write down what you draw and why.”
206. “What would you do next if there were no limits to your creativity?”
207. “Do you’ve any creative rituals? What’re they?”
208. “Draw something that scares you.”
209. “How can you tell when a work is finished? What makes it complete for you?”
210. “What was the most creative thing you did today? How did it make you feel?”
211. “Draw your favorite animal.”
212. “What’s your favorite way to start a new project?”
213. “Draw what you want for your life.”
214. “What’ve you been dreaming of doing for a long time but haven’t yet? Why haven’t you gotten around to it yet? What’s holding you back from doing it?”
215. “Draw an object that’s neither a circle nor a square, and then draw the same object in a circle and a square.”
216. “When was the last time you did something brave in your art practice? Why did it feel so brave, and how did it go?”
217. “What do you think about originality and imitation in art?”
218. “Draw a dream you’d recently.”
219. “Do you think creativity is a gift or something we all have inside of us just waiting to be tapped?”
220. “Draw your favorite place where you stay.”
221. “Draw what you’re facing right now.”
222. “Draw a memory from your childhood.”
223. “Draw a symbol of hope 3. Draw the places where you feel at home.”
224. “Make a collage about your life so far.
Creative Journaling Prompts For Beginners
We all have to start somewhere.
If you have been wanting to start creative pursuits, but it hasn’t been happening for one reason or another, then take a look at these journaling prompts.
They may be just what you need to get going!
In these journal prompts you are directed to examine how you schedule your time. This can lead to carving out intentional time for journal prompts.
There are also prompts that provide you with questions about relationships, and goals that you have in life.
When you read through these prompts choose the ones that really speak to you. Before you know it, you’ll be a journaling fiend!
Creative Journaling Prompts For Beginners
225. “What steps can you take to prevent missing deadlines?”
226. “What time wasting activities can I remove from my daily routine?”
227. “How can I change my surroundings or workspace to foster productivity?”
228. “How can I develop better habits?”
229. “How will I stop procrastinating?”
230. “What additional support do I need to produce more?”
231. “In what ways can I improve my productivity throughout the day?”
232. “Describe a routine you can follow for the next 30 days?”
233. “Why is partnership important to you?”
234. “Who motivates you to take action towards your goals each day?”
235. “What does a productive day for me look like?”
236. “What changes in my behavior do I need to make to meet my goals?”
237. “What are the three things you’d like to accomplish this month?”
238. “List the traits of your ideal partner.”
239. “What is your why in life?”
240. “What distractions prevent me from being productive?”
241. “How can you create genuine connections with others?”
242. “Which relationships do you value the most in your life?”
243. “Envision the type of future you would like to have with your significant other.”
244. “What kind of relationship would you like to have with your partner?”
245. “What bucket list items do you and your partner have in common?”
246. “How can you be more present when you’re with your significant other?”
247. “What are some things your friends and family would say they love most about you?”
248. “How did you view relationships and marriage as a child?”
249. “Who and/or what do I need to let go of?”
250. “Name three ways you can improve your dating life.”
251. “If you could select one thing to change about the person you’re dating, what would it be and why?”
252. “List positive and negative traits about yourself.”
253. “What put a smile on my face today?”
254. “Describe your dream life.”
255. “What doubts do I need to remove from my mindset?”
256. “If I could assign a number value to my support system, what would it be from 1 out of 10?”
257. “How do I show up for others around me?”
258. “What healthy habits can I practice to become successful?”
259. “Describe three activities that instantly uplift your mood (then go do them).”
260. “What thoughts prevent me from reaching my full potential?”
261. “What did you accomplish today?”
262. “What do I fear most in life and why?”
263. “What’s one of your happiest memories?”
264. “What am I grateful for?”
265. “Name three acts of self-care you can do right now.”
266. “Create a list of things you’ve changed your perspective on.”
267. “How did I feel when I woke up this morning?”
268. “What daily exercises will help nourish my mind, body, and soul?”
269. “What are your top five talents?”
270. “What are my best personal qualities, traits, and/or strengths?”
271. “What do I like or dislike about my body right now?”
272. “What foods will you remove from your diet?”
273. “Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?”
274. “Which personal achievements would your younger self be most proud of?”
275. “How can I become more disciplined in my weight loss journey?”
276. “What changes in my lifestyle do I need to make in order to develop healthier eating habits?”
277. “Why do I want to lose weight?”
278. “What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?”
279. “What action steps can I take to reduce the stress in my life?”
280. “What is my fitness plan?”
281. “Do you eat to live or live to eat?”
282 “How can I be more intentional?”
283. “How do you feel after eating?”
284. “What type of relationship do you have with food? “
285. “Describe your fitness wins and losses this week.”
286. “Which physical activities did you take part in today?”
287. “How can I change my mindset to develop a positive body image?”
Creative Journaling Prompts For A New Year
The beginning of a new year provides us with the perfect time to reflect on our lives, think about our dreams, and set goals!
These creative journaling prompts do just that – inspire us to get on a great track for a new year!
Don’t hold back. Think about where you are in your life right now, professionally and personally.
Are there changes you would like to make? Is there something missing from your life that you want to achieve?
What do you want from life in the field of work, and in the relationships you have?
How can you make those things happen?
Imagine your perfect life, and then figure out how to make it a reality.
Go for it!
Creative Journal Prompts For New Year
288. “How can you improve your life in the new year?”
289. “How do you feel at the start of a new year?”
290. “Do you like to celebrate on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day?”
291. “How long does it take you to get used to the new year?”
292. “Why do people make resolutions?”
293. “What is your favorite New Year’s memory?”
294. “What is the most successful year you’ve ever had?”
295. “Are you sad to see the old year pass?”
296. “If you could have a New Year’s wish, what would it be?”
297. “What is the best way to ring in a new year?”
298. “By the end of the year, I will…”
299. “What are you the most excited for in the coming year?”
300. “Is New Year’s significant to you?”
301. “How do you celebrate New Year’s?”
302. “How was your last year successful?”
303. “Why is New Year’s a good time for resolutions?”
304. “Last year was a year of…”
305. “Do you normally make New Year’s resolutions?”
306. “If you could celebrate the new year from anywhere in the world, where would you go?”
307. “What was your favorite part about last year?”
308. “This year will be a year of…”
309. “Set three goals for the new year. How will you keep them?”
310. “What did you accomplish last year?”
311. “How do you reflect at the start of a new year?”
312. “Did you keep your new year’s resolutions from last year?”
313. “Do you believe New Year’s resolutions are helpful?”
314. “When you were younger, what did you think of New Year’s?”
315. “Write about a time when you successfully kept a New Year’s resolution.”
316. “What does your family do on New Year’s Eve?”
317. “What does it mean to have a fresh start?”
318. “What does the new year mean to you?”
319. “What are your goals for next year?”
320. “Why do people gather around to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?”
321. “How will you remember last year?”
322. “Why is New Year’s important?”
323. “Make a resolution and outline a plan that will help you stick to it.”
324. “Do you need a new year to make a change?”
325. “What kind of goals should our class set for the new year?”
326. “Have your parents always allowed you to stay up late on New Year’s Eve?”
327. “Make a plan for your new year celebration. Where will you be? What will you be doing?”
328. “How does it feel to celebrate the new year after people in other time zones?”
329. “What are you most grateful for about 2022?”
330. “What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?”
331. “Do you think the world will better or worse in the new year and why?”
332. “What do you want to leave behind in 2022?”
333. “If the new year is a successful year, how will you describe it when it’s over?”
334. “Is there anything you need to do to complete your year? Any unfinished business that you’d like to finish, and leave behind as you move into 2023?”
335. “How did your dreams grow in 2022?”
336. “What was the best thing that happened to you last year?”
337. “Describe last year in five words. What do these descriptions mean to you?”
338. “What did you do to help your dreams grow in 2022?? What worked?? What didn’t work?”
339. “What do you learn/discover that you want to bring into 2023?”
340. “What would it be like if the new year started in July?”
341. “How did YOU grow in 2022? What gifts and strengths do you have now that you didn’t have in 2021?”
342. “What did you do in 2022 that you’re proud of?”
343. “What was amazing in 2022?”
Creative Journaling Prompts For Fantasy World
Writing about a fantasy world really inspires creativity. The world of fantasy is exactly that – fantasy! So let those creative juices flow!
The prompts that follow get you thinking about characters that you want to create for your fantasy world, as well as the setting, and plot.
You can choose the prompts that will help you the most. If you need more guidance about what to write, you can select prompts like this one:
Write a book about an ancient society where your character hears a voice within their own mind. Shunned by their village, they spend their life as a near-slave, waiting on others, doing the hardest work, and granted little freedom. Well, they did, anyway, until they uncovered who the voice belonged to.
If you already know about the overall plot of your fantasy world then you might prefer something like this prompt:
Write about a character who goes looking for magic out of curiosity. They find more than magic in their family history.
Have fun reading these prompts. They are sure to inspire creativity!
Creative Journaling Prompts For Fantasy World
344. “Write about a portal to another world, that is exactly like this one, except magic has been allowed to flourish instead of having been killed off thousands of years ago. Your main character ends up there by accident…and can’t go home.”
345. “Write a book about an ancient society where your character hears a voice within their own mind. Shunned by their village, they spend their life as a near-slave, waiting on others, doing the hardest work, and granted little freedom. Well, they did, anyway, until they uncovered who the voice belonged to.”
346. “Non-magic people are outlawed. Your character has no magic and their older sibling has been ensuring nobody knows since your character was born. One missed moment might ruin everything.”
347. “Write a story where magic is abundant, everywhere, and used as currency. Your main character…lacks any magical powers—or maybe just the obvious ones.”
348. “Write about a characer who has a dream they got a certain magical power or gift…only to discover later that day that they DO now actually have it.”
349. “Your character boards a ship to sail across to a newly discovered land. What they find when they get there are undiscovered species – both animal and humanoid.”
350. “Your character and their brother have always been best friends. They know practically everything about each other. Until they catch him do something they never thought possible.”
351. “Write about a species of magical people who can conjure fire, control it, and thrive in it. Unfortunately, they’re world is headed toward an ice age…which could mean their extinction if they don’t learn to make peace with their water-wielding nemesis.”
352. “Write about a character whose world is dying. The actual earth is sick and killing all the plants and probably life as they know it.”
353. “Write about a character who needs a miracle, and they meet one too! Who knew miracles were actually beings and not just something that happens? Your character makes a bad first impression when their miracle shows up to help them out.”
354. “Write about a fantasy creature who has searched the universe for its special bond: your main character.”
355. “Write a story about your character and while awaiting test results in the hospital, they encounter an…odd person who teaches them about a world beyond their own – and better than their own.”
356. “Write about a kingdom overrun by magical beasts who spit a toxin that makes you forget everything…from forever. Your main character wakes up on the ground in the middle of nowhere, not knowing a thing about themselves. They wander to the nearest town, where everybody seems to completely despise them.”
357. “Write about a character who researches untouched societies as a living. While deep in the jungle on an assignment, they accidentally allow themselves to be seen by someone from the society, a big no-no. What that person is capable of is beyond the world your character knew existed.”
358. “Write about how your character teaches children magic. When one kid proves to be way more than expected, they have to help them understand exactly what they can do – and stop them from doing something that could be dangerous.”
359. “Write about a character who wants to do everything on their “bucket list.” But when they’re kidnapped and shipped off to the unknown, there’s only one thing left on their list: survive. It just so happens the place they end up stuck is one of dreams.”
360. “Your character has always believed magic exists. They just didn’t know how close it really was.”
361. “Write about a character who embarks on a quest to locate a special type of rock that lights fires almost instantly – something their settlement needs. What they didn’t expect to find, however, was a mermaid-like species living in the cave that houses most of that rock.”
362. “Write about your character, who gets caught in the middle of an ancient feud between two families as a result of one of their failures. In order to make things right, they have to dive head first into a world they’d rather not know even existed.”
363. “Write a book about how after an accident that killed your character’s father, they uncover secrets they can’t even understand. Then their father’s friend shows up out of nowhere and explains all of it.”
364. “Magic is the currency. Your character is a rare breed who was born without it. When they find themselves in a dangerous challenge to prove their worth to the settlement, magic would’ve come in handy.”
365. “Write a story about how all types of magic exists in your character’s world. While drinking liquid happiness (magic drink) from a local tavern, they’re hit with a vision that overpowered every drop of happiness consumed. They’ve never had visions before, either.”
366. “Write a book about a character who can teleport – but only to places they’ve been before. Their dream? To backpack across each of your world’s countries in order to acquire the most locations. The only thing stopping them is a past that’s sprinting to catch up to them.”
367. “Emotions can be controlled. Thoughts can be stolen. In the world your character lives in, holding on to your own sanity is the difference between destruction and thriving. They must learn to push out anyone who tries to alter their perception of reality.”
368. “Your character is short on food, shelter, and even patience. When they (literally) run into someone from their past, their reality starts to make sense. If only that person could undo what’s been done to them.”
369. “Your character’s country is the best…until a new ruler steals the throne by force…of magic. The most shocking part? Nobody from that country knows magic exists…and everybody with magic didn’t know those without it exist.”
370. “Write a fantasy story about a character who wakes up every day feeling the same thing: that something in their life is just…missing. When they realize their frequent nightmares are actually memories, it all becomes clear.”
371. “Your character is a compulsive liar, unable to stop themselves from spinning tales that make them the envy of everyone around them. Then they wake up one day to discover that their lies have all come true…”
372. “Write about a character who goes looking for magic out of curiosity. They find more than magic in their family history.”
373. “Your character hears a language they’ve never heard uttered before that day…yet they understood every single word. Turns out, they’re not really from where they think.”
Creative Journaling Prompts For Culture
Different cultures are exciting to learn about. When we learn about our own culture, we can increase our sense of self, and develop an appreciation for where we come from.
When we learn about other cultures we increase our knowledge of the world, and our appreciation for differences.
This creates a world of understanding, tolerance, and acceptance. We move from a place of ignorance and fear to knowledge, appreciation and even celebration!
Let the creative journaling prompts for culture start you on a path to self-awareness and knowledge of others’ values and traditions.
You’ll grow in exciting ways!
Creative Journaling Prompts For Culture
374. “What cultural celebrations does your family participate in?”
375. “Is it more meaningful to be born into a culture than to join it—or is it more significant to join the culture by choice? Does the answer differ based on what type of culture it is? Why?”
376. “What does it mean to have a diverse environment? Do you think our school has a diverse environment? Why or why not?”
377. “The word “culture” is often used to describe a number of different things (including a group of people’s beliefs, customs, or shared interests). Discuss some of the different uses of this word and how they are connected.”
378. “Why do we study other cultures? What can we learn from them?”
379. “How did you become a part of the different cultures you are involved in? Were you born into them, or did you choose to belong to them? Which culture is most important to you? “
380. “Do cultures define who we are as people—or do our shared experiences define culture? Why?”
381. “Research a cultural celebration from a culture other than your own. Write about what you learned and compare it with a celebration from your own culture.”
382. “Choose another culture from around the world and research it. Then, write about the most surprising thing you learned.”
383. “Consider the different uses of the word “culture” that you described in the previous question. Then, list some of the different cultures you belong to and how you identify with them.”
384. “Which cultural celebration is your favorite? What do you like about it?”
385. “Think about a time when you were the only person with a given characteristic in the entire room. Did people treat you differently from how they treated others? Did you experience any discomfort at not fitting in? Write about your experience.”
386. “Choose a cultural celebration from your own culture and explain how it has changed and evolved throughout history. Then, write about the impact of those changes.”
387. “If you could regularly participate in another culture’s celebration, which would you choose? Why?”
388. “What is affirmative action? Define the concept and give three examples of places where it might occur.”
389. “Write about the first time you remember meeting someone from a culture other than your own. Did your parents or a teacher explain the other culture to you? Discuss your experience and how you felt.”
390. “Write a poem about what culture means to you.”
391. “Think again about the experience you wrote about in the previous question. Then, write about the similarities and differences between your experience and what someone who is a member of a racial or cultural minority might experience when they are the only person of their race or culture in a particular situation.”
392. “Do you think it is okay for colleges and workplaces to give preferential treatment to some candidates in the interest of diversity? Why or why not?”
393. “Think of a cultural celebration that you regularly participate in. Then, write a brief informative essay explaining the meaning behind the tradition to someone who has never seen it practiced before.”
394. “Think of a time when you saw someone (either in person or in the media) appropriating another culture. What did the person do? Were his or her actions appropriate or inappropriate? Why?”
395. “What kinds of things can we learn by studying other cultures? Why are these lessons so important?”
396. “Why is diversity important?”
397. “What culture do you most admire? What do you appreciate about it?”
398. “What is cultural appropriation? Define the word and explain why it is a problem for so many cultures.”
399. “How do the clothes we wear and the way we present ourselves reflect our cultures?”
400. “Write a short story about a world with no diversity. What would people be like? How would society function? How would people make decisions?”
401. “Write about a time when a friend or classmate was unfamiliar with a cultural celebration or tradition that your family participates in. How did you explain your family’s tradition? Was the other person interested in learning about your culture?”
402. “Why are cultural celebrations such an important part of society?”
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Creative Journaling Prompts?
Creative journaling prompts are thought-provoking questions or prompts designed to inspire your imagination and spark creativity in your journaling practice. They encourage you to explore new ideas, reflect on your thoughts, and express yourself in unique and engaging ways.
How Can Creative Journaling Prompts Benefit Me?
Creative journaling prompts can help break through writer’s block, enhance self-discovery, boost creative thinking, and make your journaling experience more enjoyable. They provide a structured starting point for your entries and help you delve deeper into your thoughts and emotions.
How Do I Use Creative Journaling Prompts?
Using creative journaling prompts is simple. Choose a prompt that resonates with you, and write your thoughts, feelings, or stories based on that prompt in your journal. You can use the prompts daily, weekly, or whenever you seek inspiration.
Can Creative Journaling Prompts Improve My Writing Skills?
Absolutely! Creative journaling prompts encourage you to experiment with different writing styles, tones, and perspectives. Regular practice with prompts can help you develop your writing voice, expand your vocabulary, and refine your storytelling abilities.
Are These Prompts Suitable For All Types Of Journaling?
Yes, our diverse collection of creative journaling prompts is versatile and can be adapted to various journaling styles, including personal reflection, gratitude journaling, dream journaling, and more. Feel free to customize the prompts to align with your preferred journaling approach.
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