Do you love writing? Are you a little unsure about it, but have heard about its benefits from others? Have you been assigned journaling as homework, or by a counselor or well-meaning friend?
No matter what the case, writing is a powerful tool for moving ideas from your mind to the page. It helps you organize your thoughts, declutter your mind, and rediscover yourself at all ages. Whether you’re eight or eighty, you’re bound to find a topic in the following list of ideas to write about that strikes your fancy and perks up your imagination.
Remember, the goal isn’t perfection or brilliance – it’s simply to get words down on paper. Writing by hand (or even by keyboard) helps you access previously hidden corners of the brain to increase your productivity or stumble upon surprising revelations. Take this time as an opportunity to do just that rather than to edit ferociously or berate yourself.
Without further ado, here is a list of ideas to write about that will help you improve your craft, soothe your mind, and express your deepest thoughts and ideas.
54 Ideas to Write About
- Tell about a time you had an extrasensory or otherwise unexplainable experience.
- What is the one thing you feel people misunderstand about you most often? How could you change that perception?
- When you look at the world, what do you notice first? Plants? People? Buildings? Why do you think that is?
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: I was surprised to see him standing there when I hadn’t expected him till the fall.
- Describe your perfect vacation … on Mars.
- You’re given a billion dollars to start a charity. What do you do?
- Discuss the concept of fate.
- What is one thing you’d like to try but are afraid to?
- Your grandmother reveals she’s been reincarnated and she has proof. How do you proceed?
- Describe the smell of sidewalks after rain.
- Explore your deepest fear. What does it feel like? Do you think it will actually come to pass? How could you let it go, if only a little bit?
- You’re a slave on a ship coming to the Americas. How do you feel?
- Write about a moment you experienced strong grief.
- Who was the last person you talked to? What did you say to one another?
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: The road hadn’t looked this dark when I first set out upon it.
- Do you feel manipulated by music in movies?
- Your house is burning down. What is the one object you save?
- Use the word “anguilliform” in a short story.
- Choose three words to describe your mother and explain why you chose those words.
- What is your favorite holiday tradition? Describe it.
- What do you miss most right now? It can be anything.
- What causes racism?
- What is the most beautiful landscape in your opinion?
- It’s ten years in the future, and you have your perfect life. What does it look like?
- Describe the appearance of a hummingbird in flight.
- If your wildest dream came true, what would your biggest regret be?
- Describe the taste of a favorite food.
- Share a hateful experience and why you can’t stand it.
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: She was my child, so I had to say yes.
- Can you think of a moment you felt strong shame? What did you do to incur it, and how can you let it go?
- Write about the feeling of happiness. What physical symptoms does it create? What other feelings accompany it?
- What is your strongest emotion at this moment? Write about it.
- In your opinion, what is the smartest animal? Why do you think this?
- What is your favorite place in the world, and why?
- Use the word “inimitable” in a short story.
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: If ever I had spent time imagining what it would be like when aliens first landed on Earth, this is not what I would have imagined.
- Write about a time you were betrayed, either by another or by you yourself. Explore how you might forgive that person … even if that person is you.
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: It was too cold.
- Use the word “eldritch” in a sentence.
- Who scares you?
- What is the biggest fight you’ve had recently? With whom was it with and what was it about?
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: Here’s the thing most people don’t know about peanut butter.
- Do you believe social media is a good thing or a bad thing? Why?
- Is violence an ineradicable part of the human condition, or do you believe we will overcome it one day? Why or why not?
- What does Utopia mean to you? What would it look like?
- You get one wish (not three!) from a genie. What do you do with it?
- Write 250 words beginning with this phrase: I hadn’t expected the end to come so soon, yet here it was.
- If the zombie apocalypse occurred … would you make it? Why or why not?
- Who is your favorite author and why?
- You’re the star of a television show. What is called and what is it about?
- Complete this sentence: Even if I die trying, I will _______.
- If you could take on the life of any famous person, who would it be?
Until next time, keep on writing!
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