“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.” — Judy Collins
Several well-known authors recommend that you keep a journal in order to reconnect with yourself and to unload those thoughts which weigh heavily on your mind. Julia Cameron advises in “The Artist’s Way“ that you write something called “Morning Pages”, which are basically stream of consciousness writing done every morning, preferably by hand. She argues that keeping a journal will allow you to access your intuition and will help you to begin to trust your inner knowledge.
Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of “Simple Abundance“, indicates that when she can’t get to work because bothersome thoughts have taken residence in her head, she takes out her journal and begins to write. Soon, her worries are out of her head and on the written page, leaving lots of freed-up mind space so that she can get started with her work.
However, writing doesn’t come as easily to everyone as it does to Julia and Sarah. Many people would like to keep a journal but are afraid of facing the blank page. For these people there’s an easy solution: search the internet for journal prompts and use them for inspiration to get started. Below you’ll find twenty journal prompts to get your creative juices flowing:
1. What are the three things that matter most to you?
2. Do you feel you live a life of adventure?
3. What does success mean to you?
4. What are three simple pleasures that make you happy?
5. Do you have any major regrets?
6. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
7. Who do you admire most in this world and why?
8. Plan your perfect day.
9. Is there anyone you need to forgive?
10. Is there anyone you need to ask for forgiveness?
11. What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?
12. What’s the best gift anyone has ever given you?
13. Is there a book that has changed your life?
14. What’s your favorite holiday memory?
15. What’s been your proudest moment so far?
16. What lesson have you learned the hard way?
17. If you were to die today, what do you think people would say about you?
18. If you won an all-expenses paid vacation to any country in the world, where would you go?
19. How do you deal with anger?
20. What’s your favorite way to relax and unwind after a long day?
You can create a long list of journal prompts and tackle one each day. Also, you can write the prompts down on separate slips of paper, place them in a jar, and create a journal jar. Keeping a journal is simple once you have some help getting started.
Written by Marelisa Fabrega. If you’d like more ideas on prompts you can use, visit “119 Journal Prompts”.
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