Journal Questions, Lists and Prompts


One of my favorite things is to sit down with a notebook and a cup of coffee and just write. Not to submit anywhere, not because of a deadline, not because I feel I need to prove to anyone that I am  a ‘real writer‘, but just to get words on paper and clear my head a bit.

Some days, however, life is moving along just fine. No big dramas to dispel with, no ecstatically in love, joyous moments to share…sometimes simply wanting to write doesn’t exactly make the words come. This is when I turn to the constantly growing list of questions and writing prompts I keep in my phone. I read through them and one or two will always jump out at me, as if to say, “This! This is what you need to get out. This is what wants to be explored today.” So, below, I share with you some of my favorites. Some of these questions are deep and thought provoking, while some of the prompts are light and fluffy and fun. Either way, you’ll hopefully be able to find something to get you writing!

  • Write what a day in your life will look like 6 months from now. What will be different?
  • What are the books that changed your life, or at least your thinking? How?
  • Who are the tv or book characters you would like to be best friends with and why?
  • If your life was a movie, what genre would it be? Are you happy with that?
  • What is one experience you have always wanted to have? (And then make a list about the steps you could take to make it happen!)
  • Is there an often re-told family story that you wish you had been around for?
  • What are the promises you continually make to yourself?
  • List all the creative projects you have in your head. Don’t act on them, just list them.
  • Do you have a creative mentor? Someone you look up to and whose work you admire?
  • Have you set a goal to accomplish by the end of this month? Is there a goal you can set?

And one last prompt that has given me all the thoughts and has gotten me writing in my journal this week:

  • Write about what you want your life to look like to others vs. what you actually want in your life. (It’s a very frustrating and also a very true fact that these things are often different! Perhaps that’s worth it’s own blog post?)

– – Brittany Forbes

Brittany writes in Canadian, loves in English, and dreams in French. She writes about travels and various other journeys over at Letters To Rayelle.

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