Keeping a journal is an excellent way to record daily interactions, emotions, or memories. Do you need some inspiration to get you started? Whether you have been keeping a journal for 10 years or just starting, here are 31 journal writing prompts for May.
Welcome to May! What are your goals for the month?
What were your highs and lows for April?
What is your most, “what if” moment?
What is a compliment some gave you that you will never forget? Why was this interaction so important to you?
What inspires you?
Make a list of facts about yourself. Set a goal for 20 entries.
Write what you are feeling right now.
What made you smile today? Why?
Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Did you celebrate? What did you do?
Write about your mother or motherly figure in your life.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do? Why?
What hot topic do you feel strongly about right now? Why?
Free write for at least 10 minutes.
Write a priority list on 5 areas of your life you need to focus.
What do you hope to be doing in a year, 5 years, 10 years, etc.
It is Sunday! How did you spend your day? Provide details.
What is prevent you from perusing your dreams? Can you change the obstacle?
If you had to describe yourself to a total stranger, what would you say? Be positive.
Write about your spiritual beliefs? How have they changed over the years?
How are you bettering yourself? Your family? Work? Home?
Write a letter to yourself. Forgive past mistakes.
What activity from your childhood brought you complete joy? Why?
How have you changed in the last year? 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?
If you knew today was your last day on Earth, what would you do? Why?
If you could talk to anyone who is no longer a live, who would you pick? Why?
Write about your day from an outside perspective.
Are you happy in current relationship? What do you need change or improve?
Sit outside. Write down everything you hear. How do the sounds make you feel? Why?
What were you doing 7am, 11am, 1pm, and 6 pm?
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
What do hope to accomplish in the last 6 months of 2021?
The last month of 2020 is finally here. Are you still keeping your journal? Or are you just starting? Regardless of where you are at with your journal entries, use these writing prompts to help you through December.
How did last month go for you? Write about your highs and lows for November.
Write down 10 things you hope to accomplish in December.
How is the pandemic in your area? Are the cases rising or decreasing? What are your concerns about the ongoing health crisis? Go into details.
How has the pandemic changed your daily routine?
Free write for 10 minutes. Set a timer and just let your thoughts flow.
What one day from your past would you like to relive again? Why? Go into details.
What major change would you like to implement in your life? What is stopping you from achieving your goal?
What anxieties do you have about the future?
What was the best part of your day today? Why?
What was your biggest challenge or obstacle today? Why?
What activity do you do to relieve stress?
Go outdoors. Memorize what you see. Go back in and write the scene. Remember to focus on your five senses as you write.
What were you doing at 11 am? Go into details.
Write a book or product review.
Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
What does your dream home look like? Go into details.
Write about your day from the point of view of your dog or cat.
Write a restaurant or small business review.
What is one thing you want to do right now but can’t?
Write a letter to your future self.
Write about your extended family, your grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
Describe the view out your window. If it’s dark, write about the night.
Write about your best Christmas as a child.
Christmas Eve–Write about your day.
Merry Christmas! How did you spend the holiday?
What did you learn the most in 2020?
Write a list of at least 10 things you want to personally accomplish in 2021.
Write a list of at least 10 things you want to accomplish as a family or at your place of employment
Write a bucket list for 2021.
What are you hoping for in 2021?
What are your final thoughts for the last day of 2020?
The Christmas season is the perfect time of year to keep a journal. Write down your past memories, traditions, and daily fun. Do you need some journal prompts for the Christmas season? Check out the following list to get you started.
What does the Christmas season mean to you? Go into detail.
What is your favorite part of Christmas? Why?
How does your religious belief fit into your Christmas traditions?
What religious traditions do you practice or attend? A live nativity? A midnight outdoor service?
How will this Christmas season be different?
Is there an annual Christmas community event that you cannot attend this year due to the pandemic? Describe your past experiences at this particular event.
What Christmas stands out the most to you?
What are your favorite types of Christmas decorations in your home? Yard? or Community? What?
What Christmas traditions did you love as a child? Do you still practice them? Why or why not?
What smells remind you the most of the Christmas season? Why?
Did you have Christmas stockings as a child? What was usually inside of your stocking? Do you still do stockings with your family? Why or why not?
What is your favorite Christmas song? Why does this song remind you of the Christmas season?
Finish the sentence. Today I was put in the Christmas season by_____________.
What foods, candy, or other treats remind you the most of Christmas time?
Are you to drive around and look at Christmas lights? What was your favorite? Why did this display stand out the most?
Is there any new Christmas tradition you plan to do?
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why?
What is your favorite Christmas cartoon? Why?
What one new thing did you do, watch, or bake this Christmas season?
Did you get your family everything on their Christmas list? (Yes, your dog does count). Are there any last minute gifts you need to purchase?
What do you plan to bake or purchase as part of your Christmas celebrations? Why did you make these choices?
Are you ready for your Christmas celebrations? What last minute things do you need to do to prepare?
Christmas Eve—write about your celebrations.
Merry Christmas! Write about your day.
Did your Christmas celebrations go as planned?
What are your hopes for next Christmas?
What was your biggest challenge celebrating Christmas during a pandemic?
Whether you are just beginning or been keeping a journal for years, writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper is good for your well-being. Do you need some writing inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for October.
How did September go for you, your family, your loved ones, and your co-workers? Write about your best and worst moments from September in detail.
What are you looking forward to the most in October?
What do you hope to accomplish in the last 3 months of 2020?
What are your thoughts on the pandemic? Are you still under restrictions for your area?
Make a list of 10 things to get done by the end of the month. Put a star by the most important one.
Write about that made you smile today.
If you could have lunch with any writer, actor, or actress, who would you pick? Why?
Are you decorating for Halloween? Why or Why not?
Write about what you were doing at 10 am, 3 pm, and 7pm.
Write a restaurant review.
October is Family History Month. Write about your family’s beginnings.
Write about your grandparents or other older family members. Describe their appearance, personality, and different mannerisms that make them stand out.
Write about your name. How did you get your first and middle names? What does your surname mean? Are you named after anyone in your family?
Write about your favorite memory with your grandparents or other older family members.
Wo in your family inspires you? Why?
Write about your current family status. (Yes, your dog counts as a family member).
What does the word family mean to you?
What is the one thing you would to do before 2020 is over? Why is this important to you?
Write about your entire day from the perspective of your pet. (Yes, a stuffed animal counts).
Free write for 15 minutes.
Describe your current weather condition. Does the weather affect your mood?
Write a book review.
What are you currently reading or watching? What is the attraction?
Whare are your thoughts on Halloween this year?
What is your favorite spooky movie? Why?
Did you have Halloween parties at school? What do you remember the most about the celebration?
Did you celebrate Halloween as a child? Did you go trick-or-treating? What is your best Halloween memory?
Writing your feelings down is a perfect way to handle everyday stresses. Right now, with social distancing and self-isolating, getting is an ideal time to start a journal. If you need some daily inspiration on writing topics, check out the following list of May journal writing prompts.
What is the most significant change for you during this pandemic?
Write a paragraph describing your new routine with social distancing and self-isolation?
When the mandates are lifted, what is the first thing you want to do? Why?
Create a summer bucket list. Have the items changed on your list since the start of the pandemic?
Fill a page or two in your journal with your favorite quotes, poems, or Bible verses.
Free write for 15 minutes. Simply write whatever comes to your mind.
Write about your latest dream in detail. What do you think the dream means?
If you could have one superpower, what would your gift be? Why?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Happy Mother’s Day! (US) Write about being a mother. What is your most significant moment? Or write about your mother. Write about your favorite childhood moment with just you and your mom.
Write a gratitude list. Strive for at least 5 items on your list.
What is one development in your life that is causing you the most anxiety? Can you change it? Or can a different approach help you deal with the issue better?
What are the three things you accomplished today? Go into detail. (Even if one is just binge-watching Netflix.)
Make a list of your top 5 strongest qualities.
Write about a happy moment from today.
How have you changed in the last month? Six months? Year? 5 Years? 10 Years? Go into detail.
If you could have a dinner party with any 5 people (past or present), who would you pick to sit at your table? Why?
Name a person who made the most significant impact on you this week?
Write about your day from your pet’s point of view. Go into detail.
What would you like to tell your future self about this past week?
Write down 5 of your favorite childhood memories.
What would you do if you did not have to worry about money?
List 10 facts about yourself, your spouse, your children, or your pet.
What is the best childhood memory of Memorial Day weekend? Did you travel? Stay home? Have a cookout? Planted flowers on gravesites?
Happy Memorial Day! How did you spend your day?
How do you think other people describe you? How do you describe yourself?
Interview a family member.
What is your biggest regret from your school years, adulthood, relationships, or current situation? How did the situation make you grow?
List 5 things you want to change about yourself, your family, your finances, your job, etc.
Write about something that you love about this particular time in your life right now.
Are you currently thinking about starting a journal? Do you need a little inspiration to help you get started? Keeping a journal is an effective tool to learn about yourself, express your emotions, and keep detailed memories of the day’s events.
Writing Prompts for March
What would you like to accomplish this month?
Describe your current view include as many details as possible.
What is your worst habit? Are you taking steps to change the habit? What do you plan to do?
What do you think makes a good friendship? Who is your best friend? Who was your best friend?
List 10 things you would tell your younger self. List 10 things you would like to tell your future self.
What is your inspiration?
Write goals for the future include 3 months from now, 6 months, a year, five years, etc.
What hobby would you like to try? Why? What do you need to start?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Could you live without the use of the Internet or cell phone? Why or why not?
What would you like to learn how to do? Why?
Write down a funny memory from this past week? Who was involved? Why did you find the situation funny?
Do you have a current worry? Why does it bother you? What can you do to ease your worries?
What holiday do you enjoy most? Why?
Describe a recent dream. Who was in the dream? What do you think the dream means?
Describe a normal day for you. Using the same day, write from your pet’s point of view.
What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? Are you celebrating? What are you doing?
Write down your favorite childhood memory. Why does this event mean so much to you?
Write a letter to give to your children their 18th birthday or graduation day. Or write a letter to give to yourself in 10 years, 15 years, or 20 years.
Celebrate the first day of spring by writing a bucket list for the season.
Describe a movie or book character that inspires you.
Describe your idea for perfect weekend? Is the goal achievable? Why or why not?
Do you prefer to watch the sunrise or sunset? Why?
What is your favorite time of day? Why?
List 15 things that bring you joy.
What is your vision for the future? Remember to include yourself, your significant other, your children or pets in your plan.
How did or do you view yourself as a student, employee, a parent or other role in your life?
If you could meet one famous person from the past, who would you pick? Why?
What era would you have liked to live in? Why?
Describe a book or movie recommendation. Why did you like your choice?