27 Journal Writing Prompts for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you ready for the holiday festivities? Do you want to add Thanksgiving-themed entries to your journal? If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following journal prompts for Thanksgiving.

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  1. Create a gratitude list for Thanksgiving. Try to reach a minimum of 10.
  2. Did you list people on your gratitude list? How do you show you are grateful to have those people in your life? Could you do more to thank them? If so, what would you do?
  3. What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting a Thanksgiving? Or traveling? Describe your plans in detail.
  4. Are your plans your normal Thanksgiving tradition? Or are you doing something different this year? What is the same or different for Thanksgiving 2022?
  5. If you are hosting, do you plan to cook the entire meal? Or do others help you?  
  6. Is there a special dish or recipe you serve yearly at Thanksgiving? Why is the recipe so special?
  7. What is a traditional Thanksgiving dish that will not be on your dinner table this year? Why?
  8. Who are you planning to invite to your Thanksgiving meal? Are you having extended family over? Or friends?
  9. What new Thanksgiving tradition do you plan to start this year?
  10. Why are Thanksgiving traditions important to you and your family?
  11. If you could invite anyone to Thanksgiving, who would be at your dinner table? Why do wish this person could attend?
  12. Growing up, did your family host big Thanksgiving dinners? Describe a typical Thanksgiving from your childhood?
  13. What was the best part of your childhood Thanksgivings? Why?
  14. Do you still incorporate traditions or activities from your childhood into your own Thanksgiving plans? What are they? Do you change them at all?
  15. Describe earliest memory of Thanksgiving?
  16. Are you planning to participate in Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Why or why not?
  17. What was your favorite Thanksgiving ever? Why?
  18. Are you married, engaged, living with a person? Write about your first Thanksgiving as a couple.
  19. Write about your first Thanksgiving as a family. (Yes, your dog counts as family)
  20. Have you ever been to restaurant on Thanksgiving? Describe your experience. Would you go again? Why or why not?
  21. Did you ever march or attend a Thanksgiving parade? If you marched, write about your experience. Were you in the band or did you ride a float? If you attended, what was the best part about being a spectator?
  22. Describe how your kitchen smells, sounds, or feels when cooking or baking on Thanksgiving?
  23. If you were talking to someone from another country, how would you describe your Thanksgiving celebrations?
  24. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on television? What is your favorite part? Why?
  25. Do you believe Thanksgiving should receive more recognition as a holiday? Why or why not?
  26. After Thanksgiving, write about how your day went? Did everything go according to plan?
  27. What was the best part about your Thanksgiving 2022?

Happy Thanksgiving! Keep writing!

Journal Writing Prompts for September 2022

September is here! Who is ready for a 3-day weekend for Labor Day, the start of school, football, tailgating, and the first day of Autumn? The cooler days are a wonderful time to snuggle under a blanket, sip hot cocoa, and write in a journal.

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  1. How did August go for you, your family, work, school, and your community? Go into detail about the highs and lows of the month.
  2. What do you hope to achieve or finish in September? Create a list of at least 5 goals for the month.
  3. What do you want to finish by the end of 2022? Have you been working on your year-end list? Why or why not?
  4. Describe 3-day holiday weekends from your childhood. Did you travel? Host a BBQ? Watch a telethon? Donate?
  5. Happy Labor Day! How did your day go? Did you work? Host a BBQ Write about your day.
  6. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  7. Free write.
  8. Thinking back, what is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? Why does this memory stand out over the others? Is this person still in your life today?
  9. How would you describe yourself to others? List 10 positive attributes. Yes, there are at least 10.
  10. Make a list of your current hobbies. Is there something new you want to try? Or do you want to restart an old one? What is stopping you?
  11. If there is one job you could do for a day, what would you pick? Why?
  12. What did you do today that was just for yourself?
  13. Write a personal review of a book, movie, restaurant, or television show.
  14. What do you want to try? Do you have a bucket list for the autumn season? Make another dream bucket list.
  15. Write down 5 good thoughts about your day or week.
  16. Write about your siblings, cousins, or friends.
  17. What is your biggest fear or concern right now? What steps can you make to alleviate them?
  18. Did you like school as a child? Who was your favorite teacher? Subject? After-school activities?
  19. Write about your best friend from school. Are you still friends today?
  20. What were you doing today at 2 pm?
  21. What excites you most about the Autumn season?
  22. Happy First Day of Autumn! Did you get outdoors? Are the leaves beginning to change in your area? Describe the fall season in your area.
  23. What was your favorite fall activity as a child? Provide details.
  24. Write about a person who brings you the most inspiration.
  25. Write about your feelings about today.
  26. What one thing made you smile today?
  27. What is the most memorable activity you did over the summer?
  28. Are you a day or night person? Why?
  29. What are you looking forward to in October?
  30. Writer’s choice.

Have a great month!

30 Journal Writing Prompts for June

Are you ready to continue your journal writing experience? Or are you just beginning to write in a journal? Keeping a journal does not need to be expensive. A plain spiral notebook is a great way to start your writing journey. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for June.

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  1. How did May go for you, your family, your friends, or your work? Go into detail.
  2. What are you hoping to accomplish this month? Make a list of 10 things.
  3. What do you love about your life right now?
  4. What areas of your life need improvement? Why?
  5. What is your biggest fear or concern in your life right now? Why?
  6. What do I do just for myself? Self-care is essential.
  7. What is your biggest failure so far this year? What did you learn from your mistake? How do you plan to improve?
  8. If you were to describe yourself and your life to a stranger, what would you say?
  9. How would your friends or family member describe you to a stranger?
  10. What made you laugh today?
  11. Write about the last time you cried. What was the situation? How did you make yourself feel better?
  12. Who is the one person you can always count on? Describe the person.
  13. What do you miss about your childhood? Write about your favorite memory.
  14. How have recent events affected your outlook on life?
  15. Write about the best part of your day.
  16. How would you describe your religious or spiritual beliefs?
  17. Write about a secret that only you know.
  18. How do you handle stress? Do you need to make improvements?
  19. Happy Father’s Day! Write about your father or father figure in your life.
  20. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Or to your older self?
  21. Happy First Day of Summer! How did you spend your day? What are you looking forward to this summer?
  22. What is one thing you can do to improve your health? Go into detail on how to achieve this goal.
  23. What public figure inspires you the most? The person can be living or deceased.
  24. What change would you like to see in your community, state, or the world?
  25. Free write for 20 minutes. Write anything that comes to mind.
  26. If you could travel to any state or county, where would you go? Why?  
  27. What are you hoping to accomplish in the remaining 6 months of 2022? Make a list.
  28. Write goals for the next 6 months, a year, and 5 years.
  29. Write about your highs for the month.
  30. Write about your lows for the month.

Happy Writing!

Journal Writing Prompts for May

May is here! Are you ready to start or continue writing in your journal? If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for May.

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  1. How did last month go for you? Your family? Your community? Work? Friends?
  2. On a scale from 1-to 10 (1 being the worst, and 10 being the best), how would you rate your life right now? Why?
  3. What are 5 things you want to accomplish this month?
  4. Make a detailed list of 5 things you want to change in life. Next, write out an action plan to achieve your goals.
  5. If you were asked to write a letter of forgiveness to yourself, what would you write? Why?
  6. In your opinion, what is the definition of unconditional love? Do you have that type of love in your life right now? Are you the giver or the receiver? Go into detail.
  7. What are you good at? List 5 of your personal talents. How do you use these in your daily life?
  8. Happy Mother’s Day! Write about your mom or the motherly figure in your life.
  9. Did you do anything to celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday? What did you do?
  10. Write about your favorite childhood memory of your mom.
  11. Are you a mom? Write about becoming a mom for the first time.
  12. Make an accomplishment list. Write out a list of 10 items. Why do these stick out more than anything else in your life?
  13. Make a list of 5 things that made you smile today. Go into detail.
  14. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do? Is this a healthy coping mechanism? What can you do differently?
  15. Write a review of a product that you love.
  16. If money was not an issue, what would you like to do? Go into detail.
  17. Who is your best friend? Write about this person.
  18. Write about your entire day from the point of view of a dog.
  19. What is your favorite song right now? Why does this song stick out above the rest?
  20. What is one thing in the news that bothers you the most? Why?
  21. What does success look like to you?
  22. How do you practice self-care? Do you need to do more to take care of yourself?
  23. Write about a perfect date.
  24. What are you hoping to accomplish in the remaining months of 2022? Make a list.
  25. What is weighing on your mind today? Can you do anything to change your thoughts?
  26. Free write for 15 minutes or more.
  27. Do you have any plans for the 3-day holiday weekend?
  28. When you were a child, did your family celebrate or recognize Memorial Day? What did you do?
  29. How did today go for you? Did everything go as planned? Why or why not?
  30. Happy Memorial Day! (USA) What does Memorial Day mean to you? How did you spend your day?
  31. Writer’s Choice.

Have a wonderful month!

Journal Writing Prompts for April

Happy April! Are you ready for more writing? Whether you are an avid journal writer or just beginning, check out the following journal writing prompts for April.

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  1. How did March go for you? Your family? Work? Community? List all your highs and lows from last month.
  2. List your April goals.
  3. Who is the one person in your life who can always make you laugh? Describe this person.
  4. What is your secret guilty pleasure?
  5. Write about your favorite childhood memory. Why does this one stick out over the rest?
  6. List your personal strengths. How do you use them in your daily life?
  7. What book or movie impacted you the most? Why?
  8. Write 10 words to describe yourself. Why did you pick these words? Go into detail.
  9. What is causing you stress or anxiety right now? Why? And, what can you do to alleviate the situation?
  10. Free write for 15 minutes.
  11. What is your biggest fear?
  12. Write about your entire day from the point of view of a fly on the wall.
  13. What do you do for yourself? List at least 5 self-care habits.
  14. Who is the one person you trust the most? Why?
  15. What do you hope for yourself, your family, your friends, and your community for the rest of 2022?
  16. What 3 things would you tell your younger self? Why?
  17. Happy Easter! How did you spend your day?
  18. Fast forward to your 95th birthday. What have you accomplished?
  19. Make an action plan to be the person you want to be.
  20. How do you feel about the current news events? What ones worry you the most? What brings you hope?
  21. Do you feel like the victim or hero of your own story? Why?
  22. It’s Earth Day! What are you doing to help the environment? What areas could you improve?
  23. What kinds of nature or wildlife do you like to watch? Why?
  24. When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Why?
  25. What 5 things did you have to learn the hard way?
  26. Describe a current accomplishment.
  27. What areas of your life could use more organization? Why?
  28. Write about your last vivid dream.
  29. If you were given 3 wishes, what would you pick? Why?
  30. Writer’s Choice

Happy April! Happy 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 Writing Prompts for August

A journal is a way to express your feelings, relive memories, or write out detail plans. Whether you use an inexpensive spiral notebook or a leather-bound journal, putting your most inner thoughts on paper is the main goal. Do you need an incentive to get you started? Check out the following list of journal prompts for August.

  1. How was July for you, your family, your work, or your community? List at least 5 high and low points.
  2. What to you hope to accomplish in August?
  3. If you could be any type of animal (wild or domestic), what would you pick Why?
  4. If given the chance, what advice would you give to today’s youth? Why is this important to you?
  5. What is your personal guilty pleasure?
  6. Describe yourself in 3-5 words. Why did you pick these words?
  7. Use 3-5 words to describe yourself for another person’s point of view. Are they the same as you last entry? Why or why not?
  8. Do you believe you have changed since the beginning of the pandemic? Why?
  9. Describe your biggest weaknesses and strengths. Go into detail.
  10. What are your core values?
  11. How do you define success? What is your biggest success story from the last 6 months? Year? 5 years? Lifetime?
  12. What do you want your next success story to be? What steps are you taking to achieve this goal?
  13. Free write for 10 minutes. Remember to time yourself.
  14. What is on the top of your to-do list before summer ends?
  15. How do you currently feel about your physical health, mental health, and spiritual well-being? What are do you need to work on the most?
  16. What went as planned today?
  17. What hobbies would you like to learn? What is keeping you from trying this activity?
  18. What would you do if you won a large sum of money?
  19. Write a mantra for your life?
  20. Do you believe you have a “calling”? What is it? Why do you think this is right for you?
  21. Look at your phone. Pick your 7th image. Write about the photo. Use detail.
  22. Write about your relationship status. Is this where you want to be? Why or why not?
  23. What motivates you?
  24. What is your to-go place to recharge from the daily grind? Why is this place important to you?
  25. Ask yourself, “What steps do I need to take to be kinder to myself?” Make a list.
  26. What can you do to help in your local community to make the world a better place?
  27. Describe your day from the point of view of a stranger.
  28. What adventure would you like to go on? (Yes, you can use a fictional place.)
  29. What negative areas in your life do you need to re-prioritize?
  30. What are your goals for the rest of the year? Why are they important?
  31. Writer’s Choice

Rebecca’s Journal Writing Prompts for February

The second month of 2020 is here. Are you ready to continue or start your journal writing? Do you need some inspiration? Try out the following journal writing prompts for February.

  1. Did you accomplish everything on your goal list in January? What was your biggest obstacle or achievement from last month?
  2. What goals do you have for February?
  3. Describe an activity that brings you complete joy?
  4. List the 3 top things in your life right now that you are grateful for.
  5. What quote from a book or movie brings you the most inspiration? Why?
  6. What do you do for self-care? Why is this activity so important for your overall well-being?
  7. What do you do to show kindness to others?
  8. Who is your current role model? Why is this person important to you?
  9. How do you define love? For your significant other? Family? Friends?
  10. What was your first date like? How old were you? Did you end the night with a kiss?
  11. What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  12. What is your ideal Valentine’s Day date? Family time?
  13. Did you have Valentine’s Day party at your school during your childhood? Did you hand out Valentine’s cards to your classmates? What was your favorite part of the celebration?
  14. Describe you Valentine’s Day in detail.
  15. What obstacle is holding you back from moving forward with improving your self. How can you overcome it?
  16. Describe your entire day in complete detail. What were you doing at 9 am? Noon? 4 pm?  7 pm? Or at bedtime?
  17. What is your definition of happiness?
  18. If you could change your current job to your dream career, what would you do? Why?
  19. What can you do to improve the environment? What changes do you need to make in your daily routine to help the planet?
  20. Write a letter to your childhood friend. What makes your friendship so memorable? (It’s entirely up to you if you want to send it or not).
  21. Visualize your life in a year, 5 years, 10 years. Write your vision in detail.
  22. Who is your current celebrity crush? Who was your celebrity crush as a teenager? How have your tastes changed? Why did you pick the celebrity?
  23. What is your greatest fear for yourself? Your family? Your friends? How can you overcome the fear?
  24. What was your favorite cartoon as a child? Why did you like the program?
  25. If you could have lunch with any person living or dead, who would you pick? Why?
  26. If you could meet any person or character from a book, who would you pick? Why?
  27. What is one personal achievement that makes you proud? Why?
  28. What do you want to achieve in the next ten months of 2020?
  29. Leap Day-What did you do with your extra day in 2020?

July Journal Writing Prompts

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

  1. What does the 4th of July and freedom mean to you?
  2. Do you have any family members past or present who served in the military?
  3. What are your 4th of July plans? Are you ready?
  4. Happy 4th! What is your favorite Independence Day memory?
  5. I want to…
  6. What is your idea of a relaxing Saturday afternoon?
  7. 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?
  8. What was your favorite song from childhood? Teenage years? Now? What do you like about these songs?
  9. What one trait do you dislike about yourself? What steps can you take to improve yourself?
  10. Write about your driver’s training experience?
  11. List 10 things to accomplish by the end of the month.
  12. What is your current biggest obstacle?
  13. Write about your favorite trip as a child? Teenager? Adult?
  14. What’s your current relationship status? Are you happy with your status?
  15. What is something from your past do you miss?
  16. is music important to you?
  17. Do you believe it is important to follow trends? In fashion? For your home? Technology?
  18. If you could learn a new language, what would you pick? Why?
  19. What would you like to do this weekend? Relax? Go on an adventure? Stay home? Why is this choice important to you?
  20. 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?
  21. What does your week ahead look like? How busy is your schedule?
  22. It’s Independent Retailers Month. What local shop or service do you like? Why?
  23. What obstacle did you overcome in the past 6 months? Year? Five years?
  24. Make a new playlist. Why are these songs important to you?
  25. What hobby or recipe would you like to try? Why?
  26. What are your favorite summer memories from childhood?
  27. Describe a summer vacation experience.
  28. What was your best idea this week? Why?
  29. What steps did you take to improve yourself this month?
  30. I never…
  31. What are you looking forward to in the month of August?

Happy July! Happy Writing!

5 Tips to Encourage Your Young Writer

Today, April 10th is National Encourage a Young Writer Day. Does your child make up stories? Encouraging your child’s imagination may result in a career in writing. But using your imagination works in every field. The process allows you to think outside the box for a better solution to a pressing problem.

Tips to Encourage a Young Writer

Promoting writing is easy. Simply think, read, write, and repeat. Do you need help encouraging your young writer? Consider the following tips.

  1. Create a Writing Space

Setting up a writing space is a great way to encourage your young writer. Set up a desk in your child’s room or other location in your home. If you do not have a desk, an unused table in the corner is just as good. Old desks and small tables are available at many thrift stores for low prices. Younger children can use an old coffee table or end table for a writer space. Promoting writing is the purpose of a writing area.

  1. Purchase Writing Supplies

Your local dollar store is ideal for purchasing writing supplies at a low cost. If you are uncertain the type of supplies to purchase, take a look at the following list.

  • Journals/Diaries
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Gel Pens
  • Markers
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Spiral Notebook Paper
  • Paperclips
  • Notecards
  • Stapler/Staples
  • Stickers

The smallest items can create the largest impact on your child’s imagination.

  1. Encourage Journal Writing

Keeping a journal goes beyond recounting the day’s events. A journal provides your child with a chance to write about the world.  Encourage your young writer to express feelings, descriptions, and scenes. The information may become a great resource down the road.

  1. Books

Age appropriate books are a valuable resource for every writer. Books may be digital. But, often a book on your desk is a great way to find the answer. Digital brings you directly to the content. A book allows your child to research and search through pages.

  • Writing Books
  • Writing Prompt Books
  • Thesaurus
  • Dictionary
  • Nature Books
  • Fantasy Books
  • Other Books of Interest
  1. Library Card

A library is a wealth of information.

  • Your young writer can search for books of interest.
  • Find new topics.
  • Meet others who share similar interests.
  • Receive guidance from the librarian.
  • Attend library sponsored groups, book clubs, and field trips.
  • Check out media including DVDs, recordings, music, documentaries, and other educational based material.

A little encouragement in any child’s interest may spark a lifetime path of knowledge.

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