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?
Are you staying close to home due to the pandemic? Do you need an outlet to write your concerns, joys, or memories? Pick up a journal, Composition book, or a simple spiral notebook and start putting your thoughts down on paper.
If you are looking for daily inspiration for August, check out the following journal prompts.
How did the month of July go for you? Did you learn anything new about yourself? Your family?
What are you looking forward to accomplishing in August? Make a detailed list.
What is your current “stay at home” status due to the recent coronavirus pandemic? Expand on your concerns over the virus in your area, if any.
What plans did you have to give up this summer due to the pandemic? What was your alternative?
Do you have school-age children? What are your concerns about returning to school? Are you going to homeschool, attend online, or face-to-face? What do you feel is the best option?
What is your biggest hope for your children for the upcoming school year?
What is your best school memory?
What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
Who was your favorite teacher? Why did this person make such an impact on you?
Are you still in touch with your childhood friends? Why or why not?
Did you go to football games, school dances, or other after school activities? What was your favorite one? Why?
Did you participate in sports or other after school activities? What did you learn from the experience?
Do you miss anything about your school days? Why or why not?
Write about the most memorable summer vacation from childhood? Why is this one different from the rest?
Did you go to college? Write about attending your first college class.
What are your plans to celebrate the end of summer?
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Why?
List 10 things you want to accomplish before the end of the year.
Think about a famous person you would like to meet. Who did you pick? Why did you choose this person?
Describe your entire day. Go into great detail.
If you could step into a fictional world from a book, television series, or movie, where would you go? Why did you pick this particular universe?
Write down one thing that made you smile today.
What is your one bad habit? What can you do to change this particular behavior?
What are your best attributes? Try to list at least 5, ten would be better.
What craft or hobby would you like to learn? What is the biggest obstacle?
Middle of the week-free write for 15 minutes.
If you could write a book, what would the storyline be? What is stopping you from writing your first novel?
Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans?
Describe one thing that brought you complete joy from this last week, month, and today.
What were you doing at 11 am, 2 pm, 7 pm? Describe each time slot with great detail.
What are you looking forward to doing in September?
Keeping a journal is a wonderful way to record memories, express ideas, and release emotions. A journal does not need to be fancy. A simple spiral notebook is just as good as a leatherbound journal. Writing is the most important aspect of keeping a journal.
31 Journal Writing Prompts for August
What are your personal or family goals for August?
Name 10 things you want to accomplish before summer ends.
Describe a funny moment from today. Did someone tell a joke? Or did your toddler do something that made you laugh? Write why the moment was funny to you.
Today is Friendship Day. Write about your best friend in elementary, junior high, and high school? Did you have the same friend all the way through your school years?
Write about your grandparents or older family member. What was their occupation? Where did they live?
Create an August Bucket List for last-minute fun before school begins.
How did you spend your day? Go into detail.
What do you need to accomplish to get your children ready for the new school year?
Are you healthy? What habits do you need to change in your routine to make healthier choices?
What was your favorite Saturday activity as a child?
Write a letter to your future self.
Write a letter to your past self.
List 5 long term goals.
Write a review of your favorite restaurant.
Describe your childhood bedroom. What posters did you hang on the wall in highschool?
If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money?
What is your favorite show on television? Why do you like the program?
What was your favorite show during childhood?
What are 10 things you could do to help the environment?
What would be your ideal vacation or getaway to end the summer?
What is your current pet peeve?
What is your guilty pleasure?
What makes you feel peaceful?
Name a person you miss. Why?
What family activity would you like to try? Why?
Today is National Dog Day. Describe your favorite dog or other pet.
List 5 things you are grateful for at this point in your life.
Describe yourself in ten sentences.
Describe in detail an item or recipe you made.
If you could visit a fictional world, where would go?
Write a memoir or letter saying goodbye to summer.
Keep in mind, there’s no right or wrong answer when writing in a journal. The experience is a personal pursuit. Always, remember to have fun when you write.
Warm weather, the 4th of July holiday, and relaxing summer events are perfect for being outdoors. Take a few moments out of your day to write. Journal writing is a chance to document daily events or explore your emotions. Consider the following prompts to help with your journal writing.
31 Journal Writing Prompts for July
What does the 4th of July and freedom mean to you?
Do you have any family members past or present who served in the military?
What are your 4th of July plans? Are you ready?
Happy 4th! What is your favorite Independence Day memory?
I want to…
What is your idea of a relaxing Saturday afternoon?
What 5 movies would you like to see? At the movies? On Netflix? Or Other streaming services? Why do you want to see these movies?
What was your favorite song from childhood? Teenage years? Now? What do you like about these songs?
What one trait do you dislike about yourself? What steps can you take to improve yourself?
Write about your driver’s training experience?
List 10 things to accomplish by the end of the month.
What is your current biggest obstacle?
Write about your favorite trip as a child? Teenager? Adult?
What’s your current relationship status? Are you happy with your status?
What is something from your past do you miss?
is music important to you?
Do you believe it is important to follow trends? In fashion? For your home? Technology?
If you could learn a new language, what would you pick? Why?
What would you like to do this weekend? Relax? Go on an adventure? Stay home? Why is this choice important to you?
What local tourist spot would you like to revisit? Why? If there’s not one to revisit, what one would you like to view for the first time? Why?
What does your week ahead look like? How busy is your schedule?
It’s Independent Retailers Month. What local shop or service do you like? Why?
What obstacle did you overcome in the past 6 months? Year? Five years?
Make a new playlist. Why are these songs important to you?
What hobby or recipe would you like to try? Why?
What are your favorite summer memories from childhood?
Describe a summer vacation experience.
What was your best idea this week? Why?
What steps did you take to improve yourself this month?
What are you looking forward to in the month of August?
Are you keeping a journal? Or do you want to start writing in a journal on a daily basis? Journals are a great activity. Record your memories or daily events. Looking back on journal entries are a way to learn and understand yourself.
June Journal Prompts
What are your summer plans?
What are you grateful for on this day?
What new activities would you like to try this summer? As a family or by yourself?
Describe your family’s day? Or your day? Did the day go as planned?
What can you do to help the environment?
What are your personal goals for June?
If you could do anything this summer, where would you go? Or what activity would you like to try?
Interview your children or grandchildren?
List 5 things to accomplish this upcoming week? List 5 things to accomplish this month. What steps do you need to take to finish your list?
If you could interview anyone in the world, who would you pick? Why is this person so special to you?
Write about your family’s history.
What challenges did you overcome in the last six months? Last year?
Married? Write about your first date with your partner. Single? Write about your ideal date.
Flag Day in the U.S. What does the flag mean to you?
What are your pet peeves?
Father’s Day in the U.S. Write your favorite memory with your father or father figure.
What is your favorite song? Why?
How do you like to relax with your family or friends? When was the last time you participated in this activity?
What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Why?
What is your favorite book? Why?
Summer official begins. What is your favorite childhood memory of summer? Why is this memory important to you?
What is your favorite memory of the beach? Swimming pool? Why is this memory so important to you?
Describe your life 5 years ago.
Where would you like to be in the next year? Next five years? How can you make these goals a reality?
Who is your current role model? Why?
Describe in detail your dream home or summer vacation home.
If you could spend an entire day alone, doing only what you want, what would you do? Why?
What is your favorite summer movie? Why?
What are your current feelings or mood?
June marks the halfway point for the year. What are you looking forward to in the next six months? What activities would you like to accomplish?
Writing in a journal every day is a fulfilling personal activity. The journal does not need to be anything fancy. Pick up a spiral notebook or composition book to record your thoughts. Do not limit yourself to just words. Draw pictures, add memorabilia or photos, personalize your journal each day.