30 Topic Ideas to Write About + 56 Bonus Prompts—No matter how much experience you have in writing a journal, everyone can use a great writing prompt from time to time!
Journal prompts are a fantastic way to keep your daily writing feeling fresh and fun. With a new topic to reflect on each day, you’ll never suffer from writer’s block. And best of all, you’re bound to uncover new ideas and learn things about yourself that you never knew before!
This huge selection of topics to write about is designed for writers of all ages. With topics ranging from positive female role models to beloved childhood memories, there’s truly something for everyone to find inspiration in.
Writers of all ages will love using these 30 writing topics to get their creative juices flowing—and when you’re done, there are even more bonus writing prompts below!
30 Topics for Writing
1. Write about a time when you were afraid that you would fail at something. How did you conquer your fear?
2. Do you think that humans will ever travel to another planet? Why or why not?
3. Write a poem about your grandparents.
4. Do you believe time travel is possible?
5. Write about a time when you learned that something you’d always thought was true was actually incorrect.
6. Write about a great female role model. Why is she inspirational?
7. Write a scary story.
8. Write about a time when you had to make a tough choice. How did you decide what to do?
9. Write about a time when you were entrusted with a secret.
10. Write a letter to a person who has inspired you. What would you like to say to him or her?
11. How would you describe yourself?
12. If you could get rid of any one chore or responsibility you have, which would you choose? Why?
13. Write about a time when you couldn’t stop laughing.
14. If you could have an extra sense, what would it be? Why?
15. Do you believe in magic? Why or why not?
16. What makes you feel safe when you are scared?
17. Would you rather live in the city or in the country? Why?
18. If you were a teacher, what subject, class, and grade would you teach?
19. Would you rather be on stage or in the audience? Why?
20. What is the first thing people notice about you?
21. If you could have an exotic pet, what would you choose? Why?
22. Do you have any brothers or sisters? If so, what do you like about them? If not, would you like to have siblings?
23. Write a letter to a politician, expressing your opinion on a current issue.
24. What is one gadget or material item that you can’t live without? Why?
25. Write a story about someone your age who lives during the days of dinosaurs.
26. Write a poem about your favorite character from a tall tale.
27. Who has taught you to have good manners? How did he or she teach you?
28. What is the best gift you have ever received? How did you feel when you opened it?
29. What do you see when you look in the mirror?
30. Do you think cartoons are only meant for kids? Why or why not?
BONUS — 29 Brand New Topics to Write About
- How would you feel if you had to get up and sing in a room full of people? What would you do?
- Which would you prefer—a day at the beach or a day at the amusement park? Why?
- What do you think animals would say if they could talk?
- Would you rather be an oldest sibling, middle sibling, or youngest sibling? Why?
- Name an interesting fact and explain why you find it to be so fascinating.
- Describe the feeling of being happy. Use metaphors or similes to compare the feeling to something else.
- What is the best type of candy? Defend your answer and explain what makes it so great.
- Imagine your dream house. What does it look like? What kinds of rooms does it have? Describe it in detail.
- Think of a group of characters from your favorite book or TV show. Then decide who in your friend group is most like each character. Describe why you chose each match.
- Without naming whom, write a letter to someone that expresses something you wish you could say to them—but that you can’t or won’t tell them in person.
- Write about a time when you experienced a true stroke of luck.
- Describe the feeling of the first day of summer using as much detail as possible.
- How do you know when something is the right thing to do?
- If you could take a free trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What would you do if you were accidentally trapped inside a zoo overnight?
- Write about a time when you were really proud of yourself for doing something awesome.
- When you feel sad, what do your parents do to make you feel better?
- What is your favorite sport? What do you like most about it?
- Would you rather spend a year with no games or toys, or a year with no Internet? Why?
- Do you think it is important to be active or engaged in politics? Why or why not?
- What is the nicest thing another person has ever done for you?
- Do you believe in soulmates? Why or why not?
- What do you most like to do in your free time? Describe it in detail.
- Write a poem about one of your favorite childhood memories.
- How would you feel if you learned that your parents were secretly rich and had never told you? Why?
- What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t get caught?
- Do you think you would ever go skydiving or bungee jumping? Why or why not?
- Do you consider yourself to be an artistic person? Why or why not?
- Do you think other forms of life exist elsewhere in the universe? Why or why not?
BONUS #2 — 27 Daily Writing Prompts for Everyone
- Who knows you better than anyone else?
- How do you define success? Who is a successful person according to your definition?
- Are you the life of the party or someone who prefers to sit back and observe?
- Write about the last time you helped someone.
- What is the most interesting fact you know—and why does it interest you?
- Write about a time when you heard, read, or saw something that you weren’t supposed to. What happened?
- Have you ever fallen in love?
- Do you follow current events? Why or why not?
- What is the greatest benefit of journaling?
- If you could have any one question answered, what would it be? How would the answer impact your life?
- What is the earliest lesson you remember learning from your parents?
- Write about one thing from your childhood that you will always carry with you.
- How do you define “family”?
- Do you believe in ghosts or spirits? Why or why not?
- How frequently do you exercise or engage in physical activity? Are you satisfied with your habits? Why or why not?
- Write about an aspect of another culture that interests you and that you’d like to learn more about.
- Write about something you love that you think everyone else should try, too.
- Would you ever consider going to space? Why or why not?
- What is the most important thing you look for in a friend?
- What value do you hold most dear? Why?
- Choose three words to describe the current state of your life—and then explain why you chose them.
- Write about a time when you created something amazing.
- Would you rather be rich, successful, healthy, or famous? Why?
- What do you think one of the hardest jobs in the world is? Would you ever consider doing it?
- Write about a time when someone confided in you. How did their trust make you feel?
- Write about a time when you encountered a bully—and what you did to address the situation.
- Are you more scientific-minded or creative-minded? How does that affect your life?
(See the full listing of 68 prompts.)
Until next time… Happy writing!
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