25 Thanksgiving Journal Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the past, appreciate the present, and look to the future. A journal is a great way to preserve memories, explore feelings, and be creative. If you need help on writing about Thanksgiving, check out the following prompts for inspiration.

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Journal Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

  1. Make a list of 10 things that you are grateful this Thanksgiving. (Yes, there is 10!)
  2. How do you show gratitude or thankfulness to people in your life?
  3. What are you and your family doing this year for Thanksgiving?
  4. Are you hosting a Thanksgiving? Or traveling? Describe your plans.
  5. If cooking, what type of meal do you plan to make for Thanksgiving? Traditional? Or something unique? Why did you pick this type of menu plan?
  6. What is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will not be on your dinner table? Why?
  7. Who are you planning to invite to your Thanksgiving meal?
  8. Are you using an old family recipe? Why is this dish so important to you?
  9. What Thanksgiving tradition do you plan to start this year?
  10. Why are Thanksgiving traditions do important to you?
  11. If you could invite anyone to Thanksgiving, who would be at your dinner table? Why did you pick this person?
  12. When you were a child, did your family host big Thanksgiving dinners? Describe a typical Thanksgiving from your childhood?
  13. Do you still incorporate things from your childhood into your own Thanksgiving? What do you do?
  14. What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving as a child?
  15. What is your earliest memory of Thanksgiving?
  16. Are you planning to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Why or why not?
  17. What was your best Thanksgiving ever? Why did this holiday stick out over the others?
  18. Write about your first Thanksgiving as a couple.
  19. Write about your first Thanksgiving as a family. (Yes, your cat counts as family)
  20. Have you ever been to restaurant on Thanksgiving? Describe your experience.
  21. Did you ever march or attend a Thanksgiving parade? Describe your experience.
  22. Describe how your kitchen smells when cooking or baking on Thanksgiving?
  23. How would you describe your Thanksgiving celebrations to someone from another country?
  24. Do you watch the Thanksgiving parade? What is your favorite part? Why?
  25. Do you believe Thanksgiving should receive more recognition as a holiday? Why?

Happy Thanksgiving! Keep writing!

Journal Writing Prompts for November

Are you ready for a new list of journal writing prompts for November? Whether you have been keeping a journal for years or just starting, writing is a wonderful creative outlet.

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  1. How did October go for you, your family, work, school, etc.?
  2. What area of your life would you like to concentrate on the most in November? Why?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish in the last two months of 2021? List 5 reasonable goals.
  4. What does your dream life look like? Go into elaborate details.
  5. What activity gives you peace? Why?
  6. What challenge or obstacle are you currently facing? What are you doing to overcome it?
  7. How does daylight savings time effect you?
  8. What is one thing you need to do now that your future self will appreciate?
  9. Make a list of 5 things that are keeping you from being completely happy. Next write how you remove these obstacles to achieve your happiness.
  10. Free write for at least 20 minutes.
  11. If you could relive any moment from your life, what one would you pick? Why?
  12. What was your favorite meal as a child? Do you still like that food? Why?
  13. What would you do if time and money were not an obstacle? Go into details.
  14. What is your biggest insecurity? Why?
  15. Describe your idea of a perfect day. Go into details.
  16. Write about a dream that you can remember in vivid detail. What do you think the dream means?
  17. Describe your day from the time you wake up until you began to write in your journal.
  18. What was your favorite book from your childhood? Why?
  19. How do you like to spend a cold, rainy day? Why?
  20. What is your guilty pleasure? A food? A television program? A book series? Why do you like this activity?
  21. Make a list of the people who make your daily life better.
  22. If someone is researching your family tree 100 hundred years from now, how do you hope to be remembered?
  23. Write 5 things that you are good at doing.
  24. Is there a person in your life present or past that you need to forgive for your own well-being? Write about the situation.
  25. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!
  26. What is one negative thought that you cannot seem to rid from your mind? Why?
  27. What steps do you need to take for better self-care?
  28. What moment brought you joy today? Why?
  29. What makes you feel safe? Why?
  30. What is your top priority for the upcoming month?

Journal Prompts for Halloween

Are you keeping a journal? Do you want extra Halloween-themed journal prompts? Check out the following Halloween writing prompts to add to your October journal entries.  

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  1. What does Halloween mean to you?
  2. What is your first memory of Halloween?
  3. What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
  4. What is your favorite Halloween costume as an adult?
  5. What is the scariest Halloween decoration that you have viewed? Why did the decoration scare you?
  6. My favorite Halloween activity as a child was _________________.
  7. My favorite Halloween activity as an adult is ___________________.
  8. Write a poem about a pumpkin.
  9. If on Halloween night, you could fly a magic broom stick, where would you go? Why?
  10. Did your school have Halloween parties? Did you dress up? Go on a parade route?
  11. What is your favorite family Halloween activity?
  12. Do you visit haunted houses, corn mazes, or other types of themed event for Halloween? Do you go your family or friends?
  13. What Halloween themed event is your favorite? Go into details.
  14. Did you go trick or treating as a child? Where did you go? Who did you usually go with?
  15. Did you carve or paint pumpkins as part of Halloween as a child? Where did you get your pumpkins?
  16. Are you carving or painting pumpkins this Halloween? Where did you get your pumpkins?
  17. Did you visit pumpkin patches as a child to find the perfect pumpkin? What do you remember the most about this activity?
  18. What is your favorite Halloween candy? Why is this special?
  19. Who is your favorite Halloween character? Write a letter describing why.
  20. What makes Halloween spooky?
  21. Write a paragraph about a pumpkin, scarecrow, and a werewolf.
  22. Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Why or why not?
  23. What was the last Halloween party you attended? Describe the event.
  24. What Halloween traditions do you practice?

Have fun! Happy Halloween!

31 Journal Writing Prompts for October

Are you looking forward to October? Chilly evenings are a perfect time to write in your journal. Whether you are just beginning or have been writing in a journal for years, check out the following journal writing prompts for October.

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  1. How did September go for you, your family, friends, co-workers, school, community, etc.?
  2. What are you hoping to achieve this month?
  3. Are you still experiencing the effects of the pandemic in your area?
  4. Are you religious? How would you describe your spirituality?
  5. List 5 skills you want to learn in your lifetime. What steps are you taking to learn these new skills?
  6. Free write for a minimum of 10 minutes or longer.
  7. Close your eyes. Count to 5. Look to your right. Open your eyes. Write about the first object you see.
  8. When you visualize the future, what do you see for yourself, family friends, work, etc.?
  9. What are your top priorities in your life right now? Why?
  10. Write a letter to your future self.
  11.  Describe your life in 10 words. Why did you pick those words?
  12. Do you believe you are a good friend? Why?
  13. How do you cope with stressful situations?
  14. Describe your day in detail.
  15. The best part of today was ________.
  16. The worst part of today was ___________.
  17. Write a personal manifesto for living a fulfilled life.
  18. What is your main worry or fear that always seems to stay with you? What steps are you taking to ease this situation?
  19. Who is your oldest friend? How did you meet? How come you have been friends this long?
  20. If you decide to write a book, what genre would you pick? Why?
  21. Write a review of your favorite restaurant, book, or movie.
  22. My favorite fall activity is________.
  23. Describe a past role model who made an impact on your life.
  24. Describe a current role model.
  25. What kind of business or organization would you like to start? What is holding you back?
  26. If you could live inside of any novel, what storyline would you pick? Why?
  27. What do you believe is lacking from your life right now? What can you do to change it?
  28. Are you looking forward to the upcoming holiday season? Why or why not?
  29. What do you hope to accomplish in the remaining months of 2021?
  30. List the highs and lows for the month.
  31. Happy Halloween! Describe your day.

Journal Writing Prompts for September

Are you ready for September? The month starts with Labor Day, ushers in Autumn, and cooler weather. Fall is a great time to snuggle under your fuzzy blanket and write in your journal. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for September.

30 Journal Writing Prompts for September

  1. How did August go for you, your family, friends, community, etc.?
  2. What are you goals for September?
  3. How do you feel right now? Be honest!
  4. What makes you feel confident? Why?
  5. What do you believe is your biggest weakness?
  6. Happy Labor Day! How did you spend your holiday?
  7. What would you tell your 16-year-old self about life?
  8. What is your first memory of school?
  9. Did you like school? Why or why not?
  10. What was your favorite subject, sport, or other extracurricular activity?
  11. Who was your favorite teacher? Why did this teacher stand out over the others?
  12. Were your parents involved in your school activities? PTA? Band Boosters? Room parent? Are you involved in your child’s school activities?
  13. Write about first vivid memory of your childhood friend.
  14. What do you feel is lacking from your life? What can you do to change this?
  15. Who is your biggest inspiration right now? Why?
  16. What does success mean to you?
  17. How do you take care of yourself? What self-care activities do you do? Are they helpful?
  18. What made you laugh today?
  19. What were you doing at 2 pm? Provide details.
  20. Free write for 15 minutes.
  21. The best part of summer was ___________________. Go into detail.
  22. First Day of Fall! Did you get outdoors or do anything to celebrate? Write about your day.
  23. What is your fall bucket list?
  24. What is your favorite part of the fall season? Why?
  25. List 5 good thoughts about your day.
  26. What makes you feel completely happy?
  27. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
  28. What is something you want to try before the end of the year? What is stopping you?
  29. What do you hope to accomplish in the rest of 2021? Make a list.
  30. What are looking forward to doing in October?

Journal Writing Prompts for June

June is here, time for a new set of journal-writing prompts. June brings warmer weather, longer days, Father’s Day and much more. Whether you are just starting or been writing for years, each day is a great time to make entries in your journal.

  1. Happy June 1st. How did last month go for you? List your highs and lows for the month.
  2. What are you hoping to accomplish this month? Make a list, add at least 5 items.
  3. How is the pandemic different this year than 2020? Are you getting out more? Have restrictions been lifted in your area?
  4. What are your hopes for the summer for your personal endeavors, family, work, and other commitments?
  5. Create a summer bucket list.
  6. Free write for 15 minutes.
  7. What time of day do you feel most energized? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Why?
  8. If you could interview any entertainer, who would you pick? Why?
  9. Name public figure who inspires you. Why does this person bring you inspiration?
  10. If you could have a superpower, what would you pick? Why?
  11. How are you feeling today? Describe your mood, energy level, and overall well-being.
  12. Describe your dream garden or home.
  13. Do you like speaking in public? Why?
  14. Flag Day! What does the Flag mean to you?
  15. Write about a funny moment from today. Why did this event amuse you?
  16. List past mistakes that turned out to be turning points in your life.
  17. Do you live your life to please yourself or others? Why do you think this way?
  18. Write down your best qualities.
  19. When was the last time you left your comfort zone? What did you do? How did the activity make you feel?
  20. Happy Father’s Day and Happy 1st Day of Summer! Write about your relationship with your father.
  21. What is your favorite childhood memory of your father?
  22. What is your favorite childhood memory of summer?
  23. What is your favorite summer activity as an adult? Why?
  24. Write about summer. Write ten words to describe summer. Next, elaborate on each word.
  25. Describe a recent challenge. How did you handle the situation? Do you feel the challenge is resolved? Why or why not?
  26. What part of your life is more important right now? Work? Family? Relationship? Why?
  27. If money were no object, what 3 things would you get? Why?
  28. Write about your favorite book. Write a review. Or write an alternate ending to the story.
  29. Are you working on your 2021 goals? How are you handling your tasks? Have you crossed any off your list? Why or why not?
  30. What moment from June 2021 do you want to always remember? Go into details.  

Journal Writing Prompts for May

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.

  1. Welcome to May! What are your goals for the month?
  2. What were your highs and lows for April?
  3. What is your most, “what if” moment?
  4. What is a compliment some gave you that you will never forget? Why was this interaction so important to you?
  5. What inspires you?
  6. Make a list of facts about yourself. Set a goal for 20 entries.
  7. Write what you are feeling right now.
  8. What made you smile today? Why?
  9. Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Did you celebrate? What did you do?
  10. Write about your mother or motherly figure in your life.
  11. If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do? Why?
  12. What hot topic do you feel strongly about right now? Why?
  13. Free write for at least 10 minutes.
  14. Write a priority list on 5 areas of your life you need to focus.
  15. What do you hope to be doing in a year, 5 years, 10 years, etc.
  16. It is Sunday! How did you spend your day? Provide details.
  17. What is prevent you from perusing your dreams? Can you change the obstacle?
  18. If you had to describe yourself to a total stranger, what would you say? Be positive.
  19. Write about your spiritual beliefs? How have they changed over the years?
  20. How are you bettering yourself? Your family? Work? Home?
  21. Write a letter to yourself. Forgive past mistakes.
  22. What activity from your childhood brought you complete joy? Why?
  23. How have you changed in the last year? 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?
  24. If you knew today was your last day on Earth, what would you do? Why?
  25. If you could talk to anyone who is no longer a live, who would you pick? Why?
  26. Write about your day from an outside perspective.
  27. Are you happy in current relationship? What do you need change or improve?
  28. Sit outside. Write down everything you hear. How do the sounds make you feel? Why?
  29. What were you doing 7am, 11am, 1pm, and 6 pm?
  30. What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
  31. What do hope to accomplish in the last 6 months of 2021?

March Journal Writing Prompts

Do you write in your journal daily? Or are you thinking about starting journal writing? If you are trying to develop content, check out the following journal writing prompts for March.

  1. What are you looking forward to this month?
  2. How did February go for you, your family, work, school, or other commitments? List your highs and lows for last month.
  3. Describe the pandemic in your area. Are you still on restrictions? Did you get the COVID shot?
  4. What are you doing to stay healthy?

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  5. Would rather go back in time to meet your ancestors or go forward to meet future generations? Why?
  6. Do you view yourself as a city person or a country person? Why?
  7. If you could switch places with a fictional character, who would you pick? Why?
  8. If every day is a learning experience, what did you learn today? Go into details.
  9. Where is your “happy” place?
  10. Free write for 15 minutes.
  11. Describe a favorite childhood memory.
  12. What personal goal are you attempting to achieve right now? What steps are you taking to make this goal a success?
  13. Describe yourself. (Be Kind).
  14. Write a letter to your future self, include future accomplishments.
  15. How do you describe friendship? Are you a good friend?
  16. Name three things you want to try.
  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you celebrate?
  18. What were you doing today at 9 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm? Go into detail.
  19. If you could pick any timeline in history to grow up in, what would you choose? Why?
  20. Happy 1st Day of Spring! What is your favorite part of Spring?
  21. Did you go on spring break trips as a child? Where did you go? Write about the experience.
  22. Make a spring bucket list.
  23. What is your all-time favorite song? Why?
  24. Write a personal fact that no one else knows. Why do you keep this memory a secret?
  25. Write a review.
  26. Write about your family, co-workers, significant other, pets, or friends.
  27. What do you feel is your biggest personality trait?
  28. What is your springtime guilty pleasure?
  29. Describe your dream life.
  30. Describe what failure looks like to you. Now, describe success.
  31. What are you hoping to accomplish in the next nine months of 2021?

Valentine’s Day Journal Writing Prompts

When people think of February, Valentine’s Day often comes to mind. Celebrated yearly on February 14th, Valentine’s Day focuses on love. Whether you single, married for 50 years, or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day can stir up a lot of emotions. Use the following writing prompts to explore your memories and thoughts surrounding Valentine’s Day.

  • On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, are you single, married, living with someone, or looking? Is this where you want to be? Why?
  • What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day?
  • What is your definition of love?
  • Who is the love of your life?
  • Did you hand out Valentine’s Day as a child?
  • Did your parents celebrate Valentine’s Day? What did they do?
  • Describe your ideal date for Valentine’s Day.
  • In a relationship, how are you making this Valentine’s Day special?
  • How do you feel when you receive a Valentine’s Day card, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, or other gifts?
  • If money were not an object (or the pandemic), where would you like to spend Valentine’s Day? Why?
  • Who was your first date? Where did you go? What did you do?
  • Who was your first kiss? Describe the experience.
  • Did you date in high school? Why or why not?
  • Did you marry your high school or college sweetheart? Why or why not?
  • Are you currently married? How did your significant-other purpose to you?
  • Describe your wedding.
  • Are you single? Is this a lifestyle choice? Why or why not?

February Journal Writing Prompts

Journal writing is a great way to get your thoughts down on paper (or on the computer). Set aside time each day to write. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for February.

  1. The second month of 2021 is here! How did January go for you? Your family? Work? School?
  2. What do you hope to accomplish this month? Try to write down at least 5 goals.
  3. Are you still working on your New Year’s resolutions? Or did you already break them? Go into details.
  4. Are you still facing restrictions due to the pandemic? What are your concerns right now?
  5. What makes you feel safe during this pandemic? Why?
  6. Did you get the vaccine? Why or why not?
  7. Do you plan on watching the Super Bowl tonight? Why or why not? What is your favorite part of the Super Bowl?
  8. What parts of your life would you like to change or make improvements? Why?
  9. Who inspires you at this time in your life? Why?
  10. Free write for at least 10 minutes. Set a timer.
  11. What do you love about your life right now? Work? School? Family? Provide details into each area.
  12. Write down your travel destinations. Write 5 big travel destinations. Then, write down 10 local ones. Why did you pick these?
  13. What was the best part of your day? Why?
  14. Happy Valentine’s Day! How did you spend your day? Did you do something special?
  15. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Why?
  16. What is your best trait? Why?
  17. What are you doing for self-care? Make a list of current self-care routines. Now, add at least 5 more items to try.
  18. Pick a good friend or close family member. Write why this person is so important to you.
  19. Write a letter to someone you admire. (You don’t have to send it)
  20. Write down your 5 favorite songs. Why does each one of these songs mean so much to you?
  21. If you had a chance to act in any movie or television series (current or past), what would you pick? Why?
  22. Write about a time in your life when you felt special or honored?
  23. Write about a random childhood memory.
  24. Write about what you were doing at exactly 1pm. Use extreme details.
  25. Write a review of a local establishment.
  26. Write about a high school memory.
  27. Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
  28. What are you looking forward to next week? Next month? For the remainder of the year?

 

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