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35 Topics for Journal Writing

Journal Keeping Ideas and Topics to Spark Your Creative Juices and to Write About—  This all-new set of 35 topics for journal writing is designed to serve anyone from age 12 and up into adulthood—which means it’s suitable for use in your middle school, high-school, or post-secondary classroom, or simply for your own personal use.

Journal Writing For Age 12 and Up

Make Journal Writing a Fun Habit & New Skill for a Better Life

Yes!

Journaling is a powerful and effective tool for people of all ages. It’s the new diary keeping and is loaded with benefits.

This is why…

Whether you’re using it to therapeutically uncover your deepest, true feelings about a given topic or simply as a way to practice and become a better writer, its value and benefits cannot be overstated. (Here you will discover 6 Benefits of Journaling and 35 more prompts.)

And our list of new ideas can help you.

You see…

Positive Affirmations or Addressing a Difficult Situation, Our Prompts Will Guide and Support You

Touching on serious topics like heroes, friendship, and fears, and lighter fare like meaningful gifts, alter egos, and celebrity crushes, there’s truly something here for everyone—and truly limitless lessons to be learned.

Use these topics for journal writing to prompt your own reflection or to help your class uncover new truths about themselves—and enjoy the rich gifts and secrets you unlock as you discover the great joy of journaling. 

Ok, without further ado, grab your notebook or writing device because here are those topics for journal writing prompts for writers of all ages!

Topics for Journal Writing
35 Absolutely Fabulous Ideas for You!

  1. What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
  2. Have you ever been in love?  How do you know?
  3. What is the hardest truth you’ve ever learned?
  4. What is your greatest dream in life?
  5. Does history repeat itself?  Why or why not?
  6. If someone were to guess what kind of person you are based on your handwriting, what do you think they would predict?
  7. Make up an alter ego for yourself.  Give him or her a name, and then describe his or her qualities, looks, etc.
  8. If you could invent one thing to make your life easier, what would it be?
  9. Who is your hero?  What do you admire about him or her?
  10. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
  11. How would you feel if your best friend got something that you’ve really wanted?  How would you respond?
  12. Do you prefer to donate time or money to those in need?  Why?
  13. Do you find it difficult to make new friends?  Why or why not?
  14. What is the best day of the year?  Why is it so special to you?
  15. What does your dream house look like?  Describe it in detail.
    This all new set of 35 topics for journal writing is designed to serve anyone from age 12 and up into adulthood - suitable for use in your middle school, high school, or post-secondary classroom, or simply for your own personal use.
  16. Do you remember much of your past?  Why do you think that is?
  17. What is the greatest gift you could ever receive?  What would make it so special?
  18. How would you describe yourself to someone who had never met you?  Write your description as though you were a character in a book or a movie.
  19. Do you regularly remember your dreams?  Write about your most vividly remembered dream.
  20. Write about your most cherished memory of all time.
  21. What does it mean to be a good friend?  What type of friend are you?
  22. Do you think of yourself as a cool person or a warm person?  Why?
  23. What is the most interesting thing about you?  Why?  Is it a trait you share with other people, or is it something that is unique to you?
  24. What is the greatest mistake you’ve ever made?
  25. If you could visit one destination in space, what would it be?  Why?
  26. How old were you when you first knew what you wanted to do with your life?  How did that feeling evolve over time?
  27. What is your greatest fear?  Do you think it is realistic or not?  Why?
  28. Write about a time when you learned something new about yourself.
  29. What is your most deeply held belief?
  30. If you could have any one question answered, what would it be?  Who could answer it for you?
  31. Do you think you would like to be a parent?  Why or why not?
  32. Who is your celebrity crush?  What do you find appealing about him or her?
  33. Write about a time when you felt pure joy.
  34. Write about a time when you made something up as you went along.
  35. If you were to have a mantra, what would it be?  When would you use it?

We hope you enjoyed this awesome list of journal prompts and found some inspiration from this list of journal writing prompt ideas.

List of 15 MORE Journal Questions

Just in case you need more inspiration, here are more ideas from our Journal Question of the Day list). Enjoy!

  1. If you had wings, where would you fly?
  2. What do you like best about your family?
  3. If you had a school, what would you teach?
  4. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
  5. What is the best way to have a perfect day?
  6. What is your favorite family tradition?
  7. If you could name the colors in a box of crayons, what would they be?
  8. What do you think the hardest job in the world is?
  9. If you could decorate your room any way you wanted, what would it look like?
  10. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
  11. What is your favorite kind of music?
  12. What would it be like to be eight feet tall?
  13. Why is journaling important?
  14. Write a story about the toys or belongings in your room coming to life. What do they do?
  15. If you were a professional athlete, what sport would you like to play?

BONUS List of Favorites

Now, if you need even more inspiration, check out these time-tested favorite journal questions. They are simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer without much effort. Plus, they are an excellent way to get those creative juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.

  • What is your favorite thing?
  • Favorite foods
  • Favorite movies
  • Favorite character
  • Favorite novel or favorite books
  • Favorite memory or first memory
  • Favorite hobbies
  • Favorite poem
  • Favorite season
  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite holiday
  • Favorite pet
  • Favorite place
Turn this list on its head and write about your least favorite instead.

Whether you have written one journal entry or 100 journal entries, creating a journaling habit through the practice of daily writing can have a positive impact on your life. Make regular journaling a part of your morning routine (or evening). We know you’ll be glad you did!

More Journaling Resources

Writing about Thoughts, Emotions, and More Throughout the Whole Year

Journal writing as part of a daily routine is a wonderful way for writers of all ages to explore their creativity, improve their mental health, or just have fun. Make an important promise to yourself right now that you will find a way to journal on a regular basis in a way that thrills you.

Yes!

That means setting no boundaries and letting your inner creativity bloom.

From describing your perfect day or the worst thing that ever happened to you to your biggest challenges or your favorite vacation, your journal is a safe place for self-reflection and can help banish negative thoughts and bad habits.

A new journal and a pen or pencil are all you need and now is the best time to get started!

Until next time, write on…

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