Journal Writing Prompt Resources
- and so she says : Saturday Thinking – one of those memes with a list of questions, except this list has 120 pretty good ones on it.
- Art Journalist: List Love 101 List Prompts for your Art Journal – or any other type of journal.
These websites all have great collections of journal writing prompts to get stuck into.
- Questions to make you think, conversations starters, mind games
A great collection of some really thought provoking questions and prompts here.
- Journal Sparks Journaling Prompts
Heaps of prompts (301 to be exact) – just run your mouse across the colourful stars.
- Daydreaming on Paper – Random Inspiration
A random journal prompt, just hit the Inspire Me button.
- Sunday Scribblings
A new writing prompt / challenge each week. If you’re writing on a blog you can leave a comment and get a link posted back to your post.
- Teachers.net – 180 Journaling Topics
These great journaling prompts are all quotes.
- Ferguson Township Elementary – Journal Prompts
Aimed at getting the older school kids writing, but suitable for any journaler.
More Journal Writing Prompt Resources
- Toasted Cheese – Writing Prompt Calendar
A calendar chock full of writing and journaling ideas. Toasted Cheese was voted one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2002, 2005, 2006 & 2007.
- Weekly Journal Exercises
A Topica list you can subscribe to, or just visit on the web. A new journal exercise is posted each week. Created by the About Creative Journals website.
- Booking Through Thursday
Tonnes of prompts based around books and reading. If you’re anything like me with books, you’ll love this site.
- 100 Prompts – Prompt Tables
Actually aimed at fanfic writers, these prompts are just as suitable for use in your journaling. There’s actually around 330 single word prompts on this page.
- 600 Seconds
This is a LiveJournal community where users write on a given topic for 600 seconds (10 minutes) each day. Many of the topics given are great for paper journaling as well. The 600 second time limit is up to you!
- CanTeach – Writing Prompts / Journal Topics
Another great list of journal writing topics, suitable for any age.
- Inspired To Journal
This is a great site with many different journal writing prompt resources.
- Prompted To Write
The site’s byline is “Writing Prompts for Stories, Songs, & Creative Living”, but I’m sure you’ll also find them incredibly useful as journaling prompts.
Journal Jar Projects
A great way to use your prompts is to make a Journal Jar. The following links are all for Journal Jar projects or resources.
- How to Make a Journal Jar
Another article on how to make a journal jar. Includes a list of “About Me” type questions.
- All About Me Journaling Prompts
A Journal Jar project and over 460 different prompts to choose from.
- Pioneer Thinking – How to Make a Journal Jar
Details on how to make a Journal Jar and a long list of prompts to use.
Even More Journal Writing Prompts
- Thought Questions – Asking The Right Questions Is The Answer
This site is awesome – thought provoking questions displayed on lovely inspirational graphic backgrounds. Well worth a visit!
- Creative Writing Prompts – Journal Writing Ideas
Two pages of tips and ideas for different types of journals to keep, plus great list of Journaling articles – including tips, how-to’s and tool suggestions.
- Questions That Empower You
While not exactly a list of journal prompts, these questions provide some great starting points for journaling a little deeper, or journaling about a problem.
Creative Journal Prompt Resources
These prompts are for the more creative journaler and include many different types of style and media.
- Luciac.com – Creative Journal Exercises and Activities
[7- Apr-2013 – Images appear to be broken, but the text portion of the pages is still working fine.] Many different creative exercise here under such categories as Finding Yourself, Healing the Body/Mind and Dream Work.
- Wreck This Journal
[7- Apr-2013 – PHP error appearing on page, hopefully this will get fixed. In the meantime you could visit the author’s blog – Keri Smith instead ] Remove the constraints of being neat and perfect and just let the creativity flow! Love this site.
Plenty of prompts to keep the kids busy writing
Why should the adults have all the fun? Journal writing prompts are great for kids too.
Not only are they fun, they also create some great educational and learning opportunities.
This lens focuses on journal writing prompt resources suitable for kids. There’s enough here to keep them occupied creatively all summer long!
If you are after journal prompts for grown ups, please check out my other page – A Goldmine of Journal Writing Prompts
Why Get Kids Journaling?
- Building and practicing literacy skills
- Handwriting practice
- Learning a habit of writing
- Emotional benefits – having a place to vent, to tell secrets and to work through things at their own pace and in their own way
- Recording memories, and being able to look back and see how far they have come
- Creativity, an artistic outlet
- Backing up other lessons, writing about what they’ve learned and how they found the learning process
The Benefits of Journal Writing for Kids
These resources all focus on the benefits of journaling for kids.
- Benefits of Journal Writing for Kids
A short article on the benefits of journal writing for kids, with some tips on how to make it a fun and enjoyable activity for them.
- Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works!
Another article on the benefits of journaling in the classroom. Also includes a list of prompts.
- How to Teach Journal Writing for Kids
Five easy steps to incorporate journal writing into the classroom.
- The Benefits of Journaling for Kids
A great overview of the benefits of journal writing, as well as some ideas on different types of journals to keep.
Journal Writing Prompt Resources for Kids
These websites all have great collections of journal writing prompts for the kids to get stuck into.
- The Teachers Corner – Daily Writing Prompts
A great resource with a whole years worth of daily journal or writing prompts for teachers. Each prompt has a related pdf file for printing with the prompt and an image.
- Lesson Exchange – Journal Writing Ideas
Another teachers resource with heaps of great journal writing prompts and story starters for young people.
- 1000 Quick Writing Ideas
This is a commercial product (the Timesavers for Teachers book 1000 Quick Writing Ideas), however there is a sample page from book that lists 100 quick writing prompts. They are aimed at kids, but I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few that ad
- Tooter4Kids – Journal Writing
Tooter4Kids has a great article about experiences in the classroom with journal writing. Towards the end of this page is a long list of prompts to try.
- Tooter4Kids – Stuck?
Some more ideas from Tooter4Kids on how to use journal writing prompts. Includes more prompts as well.
- Tooter4Kids – Daily Writing Prompts
Even more prompt ideas from Tooter4Kids. These are laid out by month with a prompt for each day. Heaps to choose from here!
- ABCTeach – Writing Prompts
Creative writing prompts for kids, but with a journaling slant. Printable activity booklets and sheets.
- 180 Journal Writing Prompts: Enough For Every Day Of The School Year
Wow! A huge collection of prompts – 180 to cover every day of the school year.
More Journal Writing Prompt Resources
- The Write Source – Writing Topics
A great list of prompts for kids divided into groups according to school grade level.
- School Express – Journal Writing Worksheets
Some great journal writing worksheets to print. Each has a number of prompts for the kids to write about. There’s a worksheet for every day of the year!
- Journal Writing in the Classroom
A short list of prompts here and a handy checklist for teachers to assess student’s work with.
- TeacherView.com – Journal Topic Starters
A resource of journal prompts in PDF format, categorised by month. Good for younger kids.
- A List of Lists for Journaling
- A huge list of ideas for kids to create lists about in their Journals!
- Vintage Vinyl Journals Kids Summer Journaling Prompts & Tips
A post from Vintage Vinyl Journals outlining 10 great summer journaling ideas for kids.