20 Journaling Prompts for Beginners

Journaling is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Whether you journal in the morning while sipping your coffee, or in the evening before sleep, it’s a great way to sift through your thoughts. Journaling doesn’t need to be anything complicated. You may prefer to write in a decorative, ornate notebook. Or, you may find yourself more comfortable jotting down your thoughts in a regular, no-frills composition book.

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So where do you start? Well, it’s completely up to you! Sometimes you may find yourself staring at a bare page and defeated with writer’s block. This can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing. Here, we want to share journaling prompts that are great for beginners. These prompts will help you get the creative juices circulating in your brain. Before you know it, you may find yourself with pages that are completely full!

1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This is a good prompt for thinking ahead. It’s possible that you don’t have a clear vision of where you want to be in 5 years. If you start with this prompt, you may discover things you didn’t even know you wanted. To make this prompt easier, start by thinking of where you are now and what things you would like to change.

2. Where would you prefer to be right now, and why?

Whether it’s a sunny beach, a friend’s house, or a former vacation spot, there may be some place you’d rather be. Start by thinking of a place that makes you happy. Why does it bring you joy? What are the smells, noises, and feelings associated with this place? Are you alone or with other people? Describe the place you would rather be in great detail and transport yourself back. Or, describe a place you’ve never been and imagine everything it would be!

3. If you could be a character in any story, who would it be?

Books and stories can quickly transport us to other worlds. Is there a story you love to get lost in? If you could be a character in that story, who would it be? What personality traits does the character have that you admire? Where does the character live, and what does a typical day look like for them?

4. What is my happiest memory?

It isn’t always a simple task to choose a favorite memory. Maybe you have more than one, and that’s okay. The purpose of this prompt is to reflect on some of our favorite moments. What was it about these moments that made us happy? Describe the environment by using all five senses.

5. What is my biggest fear, and why?

We all have fears that may sneak up from time to time, but we don’t always understand why we fear them. This prompt may encourage you to dive deep into your subconscious to analyze your fears. Sometimes, writing things out is an excellent way to change your perspective. It may be true that your fears aren’t so scary after all.

6. Who was the best teacher you’ve ever had?

The best teachers have a way of leaving impressions on us for life. Is there a teacher you had that really made an imprint on you? Chances are, they may have popped into your head right away. Where do you think that teacher is now? If you could see them today and talk to them, what would you say? You can even expand on this prompt by writing a letter to that teacher that you never plan to send.

7. If you could spend the day with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?

This journaling prompt is fun because it allows us to explore the possibility of spending the day with anyone we choose. Would you spend the day with a celebrity? Perhaps thee is a deceased relative you would like to meet. What kinds of things would you do during the day? Where would you eat? What would you want to talk about? You can expand this prompt by choosing to spend the day with a fictional character.

8. Is it possible to buy happiness?

This journaling prompt is great for beginners because it doesn’t require us to be too personal. Most people say that money cannot buy happiness, but what do you think? If money was no object, what would you do?

9. What is your favorite movie, and why?

Similar to books, movies have a way of transporting us to new places. Is there a movie you think about regularly? Do you relate to any of the specific characters? Maybe you have fond memories of watching the movie with a close friend or family member.

10. What is your favorite holiday, and why?

The holidays can bring out a variety of emotions in us. Most of us have a favorite holiday that we look forward to every year. Do you enjoy opening gifts around the tree at Christmas? Maybe you have fond memories of dressing up with your siblings at Halloween. Use this journaling prompt to explore your favorite holiday and the reasons you prefer it.

11. If you could be invisible for one day, where would you go?

The thought of being invisible is exciting and fun. If you could be invisible for one day, is there someone you would want to see? Is there a place you would want to go unnoticed? This is a creative journaling prompt for beginners. How much time would have to pass for you to tire of being invisible?

12. What makes you feel safe?

There are some things in life that make us feel secure. Maybe it’s a person you know, or even an inanimate object you’ve had since childhood. Describe whatever makes you feel safe and the reasons why. How would you feel if this person or object was no longer in your life? Is the object replaceable? Sometimes, it is something as simple as a familiar scent that makes us feel comfortable and protected.

13. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

This is a fun question that often gets asked when we are young. It also makes a great journaling prompt. Your answer now may differ from when you were asked as a child. What superpower would you choose, and what kinds of things would you do with it?

14. What is one thing you wish you could learn, and why?

Is there a foreign language, musical instrument, or special skill you wish you could learn? Maybe there are multiple things you would like to learn. You can take this prompt even further by discussing a skill you can never learn (such as magic or flying).

15. What is your favorite season of the year, and why?

Not every part of the world is lucky enough to experience the changing seasons. If you live somewhere that has seasons, do you have a favorite? Write about the scents, sounds, and feelings that accompany the season. You can even elaborate on special events that occur during those seasons.

16. What is your idea of a perfect evening?

Everyone has a different idea of what their perfect evening would be. Would you stay inside and watch your favorite movie, or would you rather be out somewhere special? In this journaling prompt, you can discuss your perfect evening in great detail. Talk about the people you would spend this evening with, as well as the feelings you will experience.

17. If your pet could talk, what would you chat about?

If you have a pet at home, you probably have imagined that it could talk at some point. What would your pets voice sound like? What things would you like to know about your pet? This is a fun, creative journaling prompt that is a great way for beginners to get their creative juices flowing.

18. What is the best party you’ve ever been to?

Is there one party you went to that really made an impression? In this journaling prompt, you can explore the atmosphere of the party in great detail. What made it the best party? Maybe it was the people you met, or even the food that was served. Do you think you will ever experience a party in the future quite like it?

19. If you owned a store, what would you sell?

Who hasn’t daydreamed about owning a store in their life? What kinds of things would you sell? What would the store look like? Maybe you visited a store in the past that you really admired and would like to own. Where would you set up shop?

20. Do you believe in ghosts?

Some of us have ghost stories, and some of us don’t. This is a fun journaling prompt where we can talk about a spooky experience we may have had. Maybe you believe in ghosts because a close friend had an encounter and told you all about it. If you saw a ghost, what would you do?

If you’re just getting started with journaling, hopefully these prompts will help you overcome writer’s block. Remember, you can journal any way you want to. There are no rules, and that’s what makes it so wonderful!

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