If you're a writer, you've probably encountered Writer's Block a time or two. A great way to push through those moments where you feel that your thoughts are trapped in your own head is by using journal writing prompts. Journal writing prompts are an effective way to cultivate good writing habits, as well as overall consistency in nurturing your craft.
As someone who writes for a living and is the digital publishing industry, it is easy for me to forget how daily journaling can be such a simple yet significant way to hone my skillset and challenge myself to create day in and day out, even when I'm not writing an assignment.
Below are some examples of some incredible journal prompts that will help you grow your skills as a writer and get into the habit of creating something new everyday:
Write Your Life
Often times, our thoughts about our real-life situations stay swimming around in our subconscious minds. Why not bring those thoughts to life on paper? Write about where you are now, what you do for a living, write about the you that you are today versus the you you were three years ago. The introspection you find there will be rewarding.
Books You Wish You Wrote
I can't be the only one that finds themselves in the middle of an incredible book and think, man, I wish I had this idea. At the same token, sometimes you might even wish you could take a red pen and revise certain motivations or plot points to make a story have the outcome you want. I believe on the Internet, we call it fanfiction. Take a favorite book and expound on how you would write it definitely or why you wish you had written it first.
Letter To My Younger Self
If you could turn back time and tell yourself anything, what advice would you give? Wisdom is gained through years and experience and while you probably wouldn't change it for anything, there are probably gems that would have better served you when you were young, green, and naive. Write to that younger you, instill them with hope, let them know that every little thing is going to be alright.
You can also tweak this prompt by writing a letter to your older self, but with the theme being to speak your future into existence through affirming the things you want by attracting them to you. Where do you work? Where do you live? How many kids do you have? Are you married? Better yet, are you happy? Explore what that looks like in detail.
Your Happy Place
For some people, happiness can feel like a fleeting emotion. For others, they are exactly on the path that they need to be during their pursuit. Where are you happiest? What makes you happy? Write in detail the factors of your happiness. Create texture by digging deeper into these factors and peeling back on what it is about those factors that draws you in and makes the elements so joyful.
Ride the waters of your stream of consciousness. This looks like literally sitting down and writing till your heart's content. Some people refer to this method as a "brain dump," and they are exactly right. Any and everything that crosses your mind, write them down, with no other rhyme or reason but to get it out of your head and on paper. After that, feel free to address each thought and explore your writing even further.
Do you use writing prompts? What are some of your favorite ways to stretch your writing muscles?