Creative Journal Prompts is newly updated (August 2022)— Hooray! Here you will discover loads of fun, fabulous creative writing prompts and ideas for writers of all ages and stages of life.
Best of all, this list of ideas has been updated and EXPANDED from 63 ideas to 128 wonderful creative writing prompts. Wow! Take a look because guaranteed there are some ideas here that you are going to LOVE!
To write creatively requires plenty of imagination, dedication, and practice. When a writer wants to develop their skill in this writing genre, it will take some time to practice and refine their writing abilities.
Get Inspired by Creative Writing Prompts
Creative writing is not just about providing information but it also involves the art of writing with powerful emotions, engaging ideas, and deep thoughts.
Writing in this style entails feelings and free thinking and it involves personal style. Writing creatively is very much about the writers and how they choose to express themselves while effectively conveying their creative ideas and stories to readers.
Below there are loads of creative writing prompts to help all aspiring writers — including young ones — improve their creative writing skills.
With our two lists of fun, playful, and creative writing prompts to spark the imagination and get the creative juices flowing, writers of all ages will be able to refine and deepen their creative writing skills and ability in no time.
Alrighty. Get inspired now with the list of journal prompts, and enjoy!
63 Creative Journal Prompts for Everyone!
This list was originally in a series of creative writing prompts. We moved it here so you could find it more easily. With so many fabulous creative journal prompts and ideas to choose from there truly is something for everyone to write about on this list. Explore and enjoy!
- How will people travel in the future?
- Are you more like your mom or your dad?
- How would you describe love?
- Write a story about a princess and a magical bicycle.
- Write a story about someone who overcomes a fear.
- Write a rhyming poem about poems.
- If you got trapped at the zoo, what would you do?
- What would it be like to go skydiving? Would you ever try it?
- Why are you lucky to have an imagination?
- What does it mean to be successful?
- If you could make up a sport, how would it be played?
- What is your favorite thing about your family?
- Describe your grandparents’ house.
- What is the best dessert in the world?
- How does it feel when someone shares a secret with you?
- Write a funny story about an alien abduction.
- Are there any foods that you absolutely will not eat? Why?
- What are you looking forward to doing in high school?
- Who is your favorite singer? Why do you like him or her?
- Write a poem about your favorite flower.
- What are three things that make you unique?
- What is the best lesson you’ve ever learned outside of school?
- How do you feel when you hear stories about people living in poor countries?
- What is your favorite kind of animal?
- Do you believe in ghosts?
- How do you feel when you laugh?
- Write a short story about a dog and cat who are best friends.
- If you had three wishes, what would you choose?
- What do you think the clouds are made of?
- Write about a time when you were embarrassed until someone made you feel better.
- Have you ever taken martial arts classes? Would you ever want to?
- Write a poem about your favorite place in the world.
- Write about a time when you learned something that you thought you already knew.
- What was your first word as a baby? Do your parents tell you funny stories about yourself?
- Do you have a cell phone? Why or why not?
- Write a story about your pet taking an adventure after you’ve left the house.
- What is your favorite carnival ride?
- Have you ever flown on an airplane? What was it like?
- Why do countries go to war?
- How do you feel when the leaves change?
- If you were a professional singer, what genre would you sing?
- Have you ever had a scary dream and laughed about it later?
- Write a poem about fall.
- What was your favorite toy as a kid?
- If you could be a dinosaur, which kind would you be?
- What is your favorite thing to do outside?
- Write about a memory that makes you happy.
- How can you give back to your community?
- What would it be like to live on the moon?
- Do you prefer chess or checkers?
- How does it feel to miss someone or something?
- Write about the best party you’ve ever been to.
- What is life all about?
- If you could visit any single new city in the world, where would you go?
- What is your favorite household chore?
- Would you rather visit a mountain or a beach?
- Write about a secret that you’ve never shared.
- What is the best feeling in the world?
- What is the worst feeling in the world?
- If you could take any three celebrities to lunch, who would you choose? Where would you eat?
- What is something that you always have with you?
- Who do you trust more than anyone else?
- Is love or hate stronger?
We hope you and your writers enjoyed this list of journal writing prompts. Now… check out this!
65 Fabulous Creative Writing Prompts for Younger Writers
Special note for teachers: No matter what grade you teach or which subject area you specialize in, you can use these creative writing prompts to keep your students inspired and motivated to write.
From elementary to middle school, high school students and teenagers and adults, our wonderful list of creative prompts are sure to get a writer’s creative juices flowing. Fuel your writer’s curiosity with this bonus list of 65 more creative writing prompts.
- If you could build a dream house, what rooms would it have?
- Write a story about going on an adventure with your best friend.
- Who has the best job in the world?
- Where do you get your best ideas?
- Do women today have equal rights with men?
- Have you ever volunteered to help someone? What did you do?
- What is your favorite thing to write?
- Imagine that you are stuck inside a TV. What will you do? What shows would you visit?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- Would you rather be an animal or a toy?
- What is the most important thing you’ve learned in school?
- If you invented a celebration dance, what would it be called? What would it look like?
- Do you want to get married someday? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be an optimist?
- Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
- If you designed a video game, what would it be called?
- What is an issue that our world needs to work on?
- What is the last movie you saw in a theater?
- If you could learn any language, which one would you choose?
- What is your birthstone? Does it represent your personality well?
- What are three things that you could never live without?
- What is your favorite food?
- Who is your favorite actor?
- Which type of natural disaster is the scariest?
- Would you rather be really big or really tiny?
- Do you think you’ll go to college someday? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite thing to do on vacation?
- If your pet could talk, what would he or she say?
- Do you ever donate money to people in need?
- If you had an invisible magic helper, what would you have him or her do?
- Write about a time when you shared with someone.
- What is the best decision you ever made?
- If you were a movie director, what kind of movies would you make?
- What is your favorite holiday? Why?
- If you could do anything right now, what would you do?
- If you hosted a radio show, what would it be called?
- Write a short summary of the last book you read.
- Do you use Facebook? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be a good friend?
- Which of the birds in Angry Birds is your favorite?
- Think of three crazy food combinations. Would you ever eat any of these?
- Do you prefer 2D or 3D animated movies? Why?
- If you could have any superpower, what would you like to be able to do?
- Write a story about a flock of rainbow-colored flamingoes.
- How many hours do you spend watching TV per week?
- What does tradition mean to you?
- Who is the scariest Disney villain?
- If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
- If you were trapped in an igloo during a snowstorm, what would you want to have with you?
- If penguins could talk, what do you think they would have to say?
- Write about one of your earliest memories.
- Write a letter thanking someone who has helped you recently.
- What is your favorite time of day?
- Who is your favorite video game character?
- What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
- What is your favorite thing to do on the computer?
- If you were a farm animal, which kind would you be?
- Would you rather have winter or summer weather every day?
- Should a woman take her husband’s last name when she gets married?
- If you were a toy, what kind would you be?
- Does your family go to church? How do you feel when you are there?
- If you could have any new technological device, which would you choose? Why?
- Write about a time when you were really surprised.
- Have you ever saved money for something important you wanted? Did you meet your goal?
- Do you like lectures or class discussions better? Why?
Igniting Inspiration and Creativity in Your Writers
While it seems like subjects such as math and reading often are at the forefront of any educational curriculum, it is important to keep in mind that creative writing is not an extra activity that should only be included when there is time.
Creative writing plays a pivotal role in a writer’s development — not only as a student but also as a well-rounded person who will need to be able to think outside of the box in order to come up with innovative solutions throughout their lifetime.
Knowing the power that creative writing holds you should strive to incorporate this activity into various aspects of your lesson plans.
Links to More Creative Prompts & Resources
This is only the first batch of creative writing journal prompts that we have for you. There are a lot more unique, quirky, and innovative prompts on the way, so keep an eye out for additional posts.
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A Few Brief Thoughts on Creative Journaling (with Students)
Through journaling in the classroom, students will find that they more easily connect to the content that you are teaching.
You can select creative writing journal prompts that complement a science curriculum or even a math concept.
Further, you can use creative writing prompts to help students better understand the past and link it to their future, or simply allow them the space to write freely about a given topic.
The key is to get students to write, regardless of the form they choose to express themselves.
Journal Entries to Short Stories to Novels…
It can be tricky to come up with prompts and ideas for your students to use on a regular basis. This is why we have compiled lists of creative writing journal prompts for your writers.
Our creative writing journal prompts are designed to inspire students. They are open-ended prompts that may ask a question or require a student to begin a story with a particular set of characters, yet, writers will have complete and total freedom when it comes to creating their journal entries and finishing their fiction pieces.
These lists of ideas will allow you to pick and choose the journal prompts that work best for your writers (and your classroom) at any given time.
The goal is to offer a prompt that offers enough structure that it prevents a developing writer from struggling with writer’s block but also gives enough flexibility that they can take their journal entry in any direction that they choose.
There is no such thing as too many prompts and ideas, especially when you are trying to help your students develop their writing skills while simultaneously encouraging them to learn to love the writing process.
With the right creative journaling prompts at your disposal, you will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that writing is simply fun. It won’t be difficult at all to encourage your students to keep on writing!
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