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26 Free Writing Prompts About Yourself

Writing Prompts About Yourself plus two bonus prompt lists on What to Write About Myself and Writing About Yourself topics. These ideas are great for writers of all ages and for kids, too. Take a look now and enjoy!

Kids Ideas for Writing About Themselves

Sometimes it can be quite a challenge to get anyone — including kids — to write. One idea to engage the interest of young writers and students is to ask them to write about themselves.

You see, the subject of “Writing about yourself” is an interesting topic for kids and writers of all ages because, well…

It’s all about them!

Truly, who wouldn’t love the idea of writing about yourself? It’s both an easy and fun topic to write about for writers of all ages. Plus, these journaling prompts are, well…fun!

Dive into Personal Information (with No Thought of Grammar nor Punctuation)

Yep, it’s time to drop all the writing rules and focus instead on accomplishments, qualifications, talents, personality traits, and all manner of good things. In other words, it’s time to get super self-aware. You could even encourage your writers to do a self-appraisal or personal inventory.

You see…

When people write about themselves, they learn about their likes and dislikes, their dreams, and their future plans. Because their writing is focused 100% on them, they may even discover some new things about themselves, like the fact that they are a talented writer or an amazing inventor or a very thoughtful, kind person.

Personal Accomplishments Are Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Of course…

Some writers are not comfortable focusing on themselves and may find it easier to get creative with the assignment by engaging their creative writing skills and making up stories.

They may engage their imagination and see themselves as a cartoon character and then write about themselves and their own life from the perspective of the character instead of from their own perspective.

—> Check out this creative writing prompt collection of journal prompts from blog posts available to you on our website 🙂

The key to writing success for writers of all skill levels is to make writing fun, enjoyable, and engaging. Doing so will help to ensure that writing is a positive growth experience for them.


If your writer is in a reluctant frame of mind when it comes to writing about themselves, encourage them to start with the story of their life. (You could use this list of 19 Personal Story Ideas to help them find inspiration.)

The bottom line is this: find the best fit for your writers and they will not only write but also, perhaps, learn that they wildly enjoy it.

Ok, without further ado, here is that list of ideas to write about yourself. Take a look now and enjoy!

26 Writing Prompts About Yourself

Here is a luscious list of writing prompts for people of all ages that are fun and all about yourself. Yes: you!

Use this list of things to write about yourself to write a story of your life, a personal essay, or just some random journal entries. However you choose, just get to it and use these writing about yourself prompts today (and be sure to have fun doing so)!

  1. What is something you are good at doing?
  2. What is your favorite color and why?
  3. What is the story behind your name?
  4. Which country do you want to visit and why?
  5. What is your favorite cartoon?
  6. What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
  7. What is your favorite thing about school?
  8. What one thing do you want to change about your school?
  9. What is your favorite season and why?
  10. What would you like to invent and why?
  11. Where do you want to travel to as a kid? As a teenager? As an adult?
  12. Where do you want to live as an adult?
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  13. What is your favorite food? Describe it in detail.
  14. What are you scared of and why?
  15. Write about your very best friend.
  16. What is the color of your room? Describe the things in it.
  17. Write about your pet animal.
  18. Write about which pet you want but do not have.
  19. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  20. Describe the night you _______________ and what happened.
  21. Design a tree house for yourself and describe what you will do in it?
  22. What is your favorite dress/outfit and why?
  23. What is your biggest dream for your future?
  24. Ten interesting things about you are…
  25. What makes you happy?
  26. What makes you sad?

I hope you enjoyed these writing about yourself prompts. Oh, and they make good essay topics and wonderful practice ideas for those college applications, too.

15 More Ideas Focused on What to Write About Myself

For those of you looking to write a self-introduction cover letter and/or apply for a scholarship, check out the ideas below. 

Use them to write your first draft, use a friendly tone to engage your readers, and don’t worry about using the right words. Instead, focus on telling good stories, disclosing personal details, and, above all, enjoying the writing process, because a happy writing experience shines through in the final draft!

  1. Write about three goals that you have for high school. How will you accomplish these goals?
  2. Write about a time when you were truly frightened. What happened? How did you feel?
  3. Describe your most successful moment so far. What did it take to get there? How did it feel to be successful?
  4. Is there anyone in your life who has overcome significant challenges? How did they address those challenges? What can you learn from that person?
  5. What is the most important lesson that you learned in high school? What did you learn from it?
  6. What was the most defining moment of your childhood or adolescence? Describe that moment in detail and write about how it impacted your life today.
  7. Write a detailed description of a day in your life.
  8. When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? How does your actual career compare to your childhood career aspirations?
  9. What is the most significant challenge that you have faced in your life? What did you learn from that experience?
  10. What animal do you feel you are most like? Why?
  11. Think about what life has been like during the past week. What is one small moment that stands out to you? Describe that moment in detail.
  12. Who do you consider to be the most important members of your family? What role do they play in your life?
  13. Do you know the story of how you got your name? Do you feel that your name suits you? Why or why not?
  14. Describe your hometown. Did you move away from your home town, or did you decide to live there in adulthood? Write about your decision to leave or stay.
  15. What is your favorite song right now? Why?

When you write self essays, you learn about yourself and help others learn about you, too. It’s personal growth at its best.  

9 NEW Writing About Yourself Ideas

  1. Write about your achievements and what makes them unique. Explore why others should care about them also.
  2. What one habit would you like to change about yourself and why?
  3. You can become a better writer by sharing a personal anecdote that would be of interest to others (perhaps your family members, friends, or a college admissions counselor).
  4. Memoir Ideas:
    • What is something that you believe strongly? Write about your belief and choose an event from your life to explain why it matters to you.
    • Write about a time when you didn’t do something that you really wanted to do. Was it the right or wrong choice?
    • Write about a time when you felt truly loved by someone else.
    • What is the greatest struggle you have with your parents? Describe how you have clashed and the challenges you face.
    • Write about a time when you learned something about yourself.
  5. Share the most vivid details your recall from your childhood and explore why you think they stand out to you. Perhaps you want to include your earliest childhood memories.
  6. What personal struggles have you faced and how have you overcome them (or explore how you are still trying to do so)?
  7. What are your greatest weaknesses and greatest strengths (and/or character traits)?
  8. What are your best qualities and how have they served you in life thus far? How do you think they will help you in the future?
  9. What past experiences do you wish you had not had and why? What have you learned from them that you now know is valuable?

I hope you use and enjoy these writing about yourself topics and ideas.

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