365 Journaling Ideas for Writers

Journaling is the process of writing down thoughts and ideas. These thoughts and ideas can be quite random, and they don’t have to follow any set structure. There are not set rules for journaling – you can write what you want when you want. Your journal is your property. What you write in your journal is secret unless you want to show someone, it remains for your eyes only.

Some people can’t think of what to write. They struggle with journaling because as soon as they sit down to begin, their brain seems to freeze. In truth, journaling is something you have to train your brain to do. If it doesn’t come easily, don’t worry you are not alone. If you practice it, it will become easier, and you’ll get the full advantages of journaling each day.

Develop a Routine

Developing a consistent journaling routine is crucial for sustaining a successful practice. Many individuals find it beneficial to set aside a specific time each day, such as the morning or evening, to dedicate to journaling. Establishing a routine not only helps to develop the habit but also ensures that you consistently make time to reflect on your day and focus on what you are writing.

Additionally, finding a quiet, comfortable space for journaling can enhance your experience and further solidify your practice.

Choosing the Right Journal

The first step in beginning your journaling journey is selecting the right journal. While the choice ultimately depends on personal preference, factors to consider include size, layout, and design. Many individuals opt for a simple, blank notebook, while others prefer guided, structured journals specifically designed for journaling.

Let your instinct guide you and you’ll be receiving the benefits of journaling in no time at all.

365 Journaling Ideas for Writers
365 Journaling Ideas for Writers

Ideas to get you Started

To help you become completely skilled in journaling, we have provided 365 ideas to help you start your journaling journey.

  1. Describe the texture of your lunch
  2. Discuss an item you own which is white
  3. If you could do just one thing now, what would it be?
  4. What does it feel like to touch a cat?
  5. Discuss your favourite dream
  6. Write about the last time you talked to a stranger
  7. Name 5 things which are square
  8. If you had a million dollars, what would you do?
  9. If you could go back in time, where would you go and why?
  10. What is your worst fear?
  11. What do you like about Facebook?
  12. What advice would you give someone who wants to travel?
  13. What is the world’s greatest invention?
  14. Think of 5 words that describe crowds
  15. What are you most frightened of?
  16. I like it when people comment about how I look because …
  17. Finish this sentence: If I could fly…
  18. Write about the last time you spent time alone
  19. What does meditation mean to you?
  20. Describe the sound of the trees blowing in the wind
  21. What do you think of when you look at trees?
  22. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your partner?
  23. What are 3 things you would like to ask Henry VIII?
  24. What is the colour of pain?
  25. When I write it makes me feel…
  26. Describe the texture of your dinner
  27. When I think about [person’s name] I feel…
  28. Name 5 things which are round
  29. What makes you powerful?
  30. The one good thing about being a dog would be…
  31. What advice would you give someone who wants to open a shop?
  32. What 3 things make your day special?
  33. Describe what it feels like to drink water
  34. Write about the last time you talked to an older person
  35. Which 3 people would you like to go shopping with?
  36. Discuss an item you own which is blue
  37. What does a child’s hand feel like to hold in your hand?
  38. What is the world’s greatest time in history?
  39. Think of 5 words that describe trees
  40. What do you like about Twitter?
  41. Finish this sentence: The postman delivered a strange package…
  42. Describe the sound of children talking
  43. What are 3 things you would like to ask Lady Gaga?
  44. What do you think of when you look at saucepans?
  45. What do conversations mean to you?
  46. When I draw it makes me feel…
  47. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your mother?
  48. The one good thing about being a cat would be…
  49. Discuss your favourite sporting team
  50. Name 5 things which are rectangle
  51. Describe the sound of storms
  52. What do you like about Instagram?
  53. I really like it when someone notices how hard I work because…
  54. What do you think about when you see a quilt?
  55. Discuss an item you own which is red
  56. The one good thing about being sleepy would be…
  57. Write about the last time you spent time with a pet
  58. What does it feel like to touch a stone?
  59. Discuss your favourite drink
  60. What makes you feel innocent?
  61. Wine glasses remind me of…
  62. The one good thing about being hungry would be…
  63. When I meditate it makes me feel…
  64. Describe the sound of a keyboard
  65. The one good thing about being tall would be…
  66. Name 5 things which are triangle
  67. When I ride on a bus it makes me feel…
  68. What does crying mean to you?
  69. What advice would you give someone start a business?
  70. What are 3 things you would like to ask Nelson Mandela?
  71. Discuss an item you own which is green
  72. What does it feel like to touch a piece of wood?
  73. Write about the last time you talked to a child
  74. What makes you feel happy?
  75. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your grandparents?
  76. What do you think of when you look at clocks?
  77. Think of 5 words that describe the sky
  78. Discuss your favourite meal
  79. Describe the sound of glasses clinking
  80. I really like it when someone recognises how smart I am because…
  81. What does winter mean to you?
  82. When I shelter out of the rain it makes me feel…
  83. When I see milk, it reminds me of…
  84. Which 3 people would you like to play football with?
  85. What does a carrot feel like to hold in your hand?
  86. Describe the strangest thing you’ve ever tasted…
  87. What made you smile today?
  88. What do you think about when you see a duck?
  89. Write about the last time you spent time with a loved one
  90. What advice would you give someone wants to buy a puppy?
  91. Discuss an item you own which is violet
  92. What does laughing mean to you?
  93. What does it feel like to touch a leaf?
  94. What do you like about Instagram?
  95. Discuss your favourite music band
  96. What are 3 things you would like to ask the Dali Lama?
  97. Think of 5 words that describe pathways
  98. Describe the sound of reading
  99. When I scratch an itch, it makes me feel…
  100. Describe the strangest thing you’ve seen…
  101. What made you sad today?
  102. What do you dislike about Facebook?
  103. Sewing needles remind me of…
  104. Tin cans are useful for…
  105. What makes you feel sad?
  106. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I was happy about …”
  107. What do you think about when you see a car crash?
  108. Discuss an item you own which is orange
  109. What advice would you give someone buy a kitten?
  110. What does it feel like to touch skin?
  111. Discuss your favourite kitchen appliance
  112. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your neighbour?
  113. Think of 5 words that describe music
  114. What do you think of when you look at vases of flowers?
  115. Describe the sound of sewing
  116. What is the color of thinking?
  117. Name 5 things which are oval shaped
  118. When was the last time you held hands with someone?
  119. List words that rhyme with sing
  120. What are 3 things you would like to ask your great grandmother?
  121. Which 3 people would you like to meet for coffee?
  122. When I fly in a plane it makes me feel…
  123. When I see beer, it reminds me of…
  124. What does smiling mean to you?
  125. Describe the strangest thing you’ve smelt…
  126. What made you laugh today?
  127. Spoons remind me of…
  128. Write about the last time you spent time someone you just met
  129. Discuss an item you own which is black
  130. What is the color of laughter
  131. What do you dislike about Twitter?
  132. What is your worst meal?
  133. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your best friend?
  134. If you could choose one super-power what would it be and why?
  135. What do you think about when you see a gold bar?
  136. When I walk it makes me feel…
  137. Think of 5 words that describe your street
  138. The one good thing about being a mouse would be…
  139. Describe the sound of painting
  140. When I see wine, it reminds me of…
  141. Describe the strangest thing you’ve touched…
  142. Which 3 people would you like to buy a gift for?
  143. What are 3 things you would like to ask the Queen of England?
  144. What subject did you hate at school?
  145. Write about the last time you talked to a doctor
  146. What makes you feel angry?
  147. What do you think of when you look at fast cars?
  148. Name 5 things which are prisms
  149. What made you wonder today?
  150. Forks remind me of…
  151. Think of 5 words that describe Italy
  152. Discuss an item you own which is brown
  153. Discuss your favourite toy when you were growing up
  154. What is the world’s greatest person?
  155. What do you dislike about Pinterest?
  156. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I felt …”
  157. What does frowning mean to you?
  158. Which 3 people would you like to go on a road trip with?
  159. Finish this sentence: Today I saw…
  160. Describe the sound of children laughing
  161. Write about the last time you spent time with a child
  162. What are the color of tears
  163. What does a wooden spoon feel like to hold in your hand?
  164. The one good thing about being an elephant would be…
  165. What do you think about when you see expensive jewelry?
  166. Discuss your favourite car
  167. When I see coffee, it reminds me of…
  168. What made you angry today?
  169. Think of 5 words that describe China
  170. List words that rhyme with take
  171. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your brother/male friend?
  172. Tables remind me of…
  173. What are 3 things you would like to ask Florence Nightingale?
  174. Discuss an item you own which is grey
  175. What does thinking mean to you?
  176. When I drive it makes me feel…
  177. Discuss your favourite piece of clothing
  178. Plastic bottles are useful for…
  179. What would a frog’s opinion of cars be?
  180. What makes you feel humbled?
  181. Think about a time you had your heart broken then mended
  182. What does Christmas mean to you?
  183. Describe what it feels like to hold a warm stone
  184. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I talked to …”
  185. Think of 5 words that describe cooking
  186. What do you think of when you look at spiders?
  187. What are 3 things you would like to ask the leader of your country?
  188. Which 3 people would you like to have dinner with?
  189. What do you think about when you see bright red fingernails?
  190. What was your favorite subject at school?
  191. What do you dislike about Instagram?
  192. Name 5 things which are oblong
  193. Discuss an item you own which is yellow
  194. What does it feel like to touch a bird?
  195. What is your worst pet?
  196. What is the color of dancing?
  197. The one good thing about being famous would be…
  198. Write about the last time you spent time in your home
  199. When I sleep it makes me feel…
  200. Describe the sound of cars
  201. What is the world’s greatest country?
  202. Write about the last time you talked to a shopkeeper
  203. What does your car’s steering wheel feel like to hold?
  204. What does it feel like to touch the clouds?
  205. Discuss your favourite joke
  206. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your sister/female friend?
  207. When I breathe it makes me feel…
  208. What does dancing mean to you?
  209. What makes you feel grateful?
  210. Finish this sentence: When I hear … I want to …
  211. What is your worst experience in the car?
  212. Discuss your favourite television program
  213. What is the color of anger?
  214. List words that rhyme with made
  215. Think of 5 words that describe clouds
  216. What do you think about when you see blue hair?
  217. What does social media mean to you?
  218. Which 3 people would you like to cook with?
  219. Describe what it feels like to drink a milkshake
  220. What do you think of when you look at fine porcelain china?
  221. The one good thing about being broke would be…
  222. What would a frog’s opinion of dogs be?
  223. What does Halloween mean to you?
  224. Describe what it feels like to hold a cool leaf
  225. What is the color of breathing?
  226. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I got angry about …”
  227. Think of 5 words that describe television
  228. What are 3 things you would like to ask your great grandfather?
  229. Write about the last time you talked to a police officer
  230. Write about the last time you spent time in your bedroom
  231. What makes you feel proud?
  232. What does singing mean to you?
  233. Name 5 things which are flat
  234. Discuss your favourite chair
  235. The one good thing about being a bird would be…
  236. Discuss your favourite time of the year
  237. When I sing it makes me feel…
  238. Describe the sound of dogs barking
  239. What do you think about when you see green shoes?
  240. Discuss your favourite time of the day
  241. The one good thing about being popular would be…
  242. Discuss your favourite view (scenery)
  243. Describe the sound of people shopping
  244. List words that rhyme with deep
  245. What does a stone feel like to hold in your hand?
  246. Think of 5 words that describe noise
  247. Which 3 people would you like to dance with?
  248. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your child/children?
  249. What does playing a musical instrument mean to you?
  250. Discuss your favourite person
  251. What is your worst experience shopping?
  252. Dinner plates remind me of…
  253. Sticks are useful for…
  254. How has social media changed your life?
  255. What would a frog’s opinion of cats be?
  256. What does Easter mean to you?
  257. Describe what it feels like to touch a car bonnet
  258. What is the color of cuddling someone?
  259. Write about the last time you spent time in your kitchen
  260. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I listened …”
  261. Think of 5 words that describe praying
  262. What are 3 things you would like to ask your first-grade teacher?
  263. What makes you feel special?
  264. What do you think about when you see a sick pot plant?
  265. What do you think of when you look at a large office window?
  266. Describe the sound of china cracking
  267. What is the color of washing the dishes?
  268. What does painting mean to you?
  269. Describe the sound of eating potato chips
  270. When I fart, it makes me feel…
  271. Name 5 things which are soft
  272. The one good thing about having friends is …
  273. Describe the sound of the wind
  274. When I see tea, it reminds me of…
  275. Old mugs are useful for…
  276. What would a frog’s opinion of people be?
  277. What does a knife feel like to hold in your hand?
  278. What does spring mean to you?
  279. What is the color of sleep?
  280. Describe what it feels like to lean on a brick wall
  281. List words that rhyme with tree
  282. Think of 5 words that describe baskets
  283. Who was your best friend at school?
  284. Write about the last time you spent time in your yard
  285. What advice would you give someone using social media for the first time?
  286. When I eat it makes me feel…
  287. What does your city’s greatest sporting event mean to you?
  288. Write about the last time you talked to your neighbour
  289. What do you think about when you see someone in a wheelchair?
  290. What makes you feel alone?
  291. Name 5 things which are hard
  292. What does exercising mean to you?
  293. What is the color of drawing?
  294. Teacups remind me of…
  295. Plastic bags are useful for…
  296. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I smiled …”
  297. Which 3 people would you like to garden with?
  298. What do you think of when you look at lipstick?
  299. When I lie in the sun it makes me feel…
  300. What would a frog’s opinion of toads be?
  301. Think of 5 words that describe someone you love
  302. What are 3 things you would like to ask Steve Jobs?
  303. What does running mean to you?
  304. What does a cat’s paw feel like to hold in your hand?
  305. The one good thing about being short would be…
  306. When I see gravy, it reminds me of…
  307. Knitting needles remind me of…
  308. Logs are useful for…
  309. What advice would you give someone learning to drive?
  310. What does summer mean to you?
  311. List words that rhyme with black
  312. Think of 5 words that describe nursery rhymes
  313. Which 3 people would you like to watch a movie with?
  314. Write about the last time you spent time shopping
  315. What would a frog’s opinion of birds be?
  316. What does autumn mean to you?
  317. Describe what it feels like to stand on a pier
  318. What is the color of mistakes?
  319. Name 5 things which are rough or coarse
  320. What do you think about when you see someone being hurt?
  321. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I smelt…”
  322. What did you want to be when you grew up? What changed?
  323. Think of 5 words that describe firemen
  324. What makes you feel tired?
  325. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your grandchildren?
  326. What do sports mean to you?
  327. List words that rhyme with rain
  328. Begin your journal entry with, “Today, I shuddered…”
  329. Think of 5 words that describe cats
  330. What does hiking mean to you?
  331. Think of 5 words that describe dogs
  332. What are 3 things you would like to ask your first love?
  333. Who was your worst enemy at school?
  334. Name 5 things which are smooth
  335. What advice would you give someone wanting to bake a cake?
  336. Think of 5 words that describe carnivals
  337. Do you have a favorite cup?
  338. Think of 5 words that describe anger
  339. Which 3 people would you like to visit the beach with?
  340. What advice would you give someone who wants to plant a tree?
  341. What do you think about when you see someone helping someone else?
  342. What is your favorite place to write?
  343. What are you grateful for?
  344. Write about the last time you talked to a family member
  345. Write about the last time you spent time at the hairdressers
  346. What makes you feel unwell
  347. What do you think of when you look at grey skies?
  348. Name 5 things which are beautiful
  349. If you were fabulously rich, what gift would you buy for your self
  350. What does walking mean to you?
  351. Which pen do you prefer to write with?
  352. What do you think about when you see someone talking to a child?
  353. What advice would you give someone who make an outfit from scratch?
  354. What advice would you give someone who wants to fly?
  355. What do you think of when you look at blue skies?
  356. Name 5 things which are ugly
  357. Write 5 things you love about journaling
  358. Have you laughed lately?
  359. What one thing disappoints you about someone who you are close to?
  360. What is the color of vulnerability?
  361. What does a leaf feel like to hold in your hand?
  362. Do you prefer to write or type your thoughts?
  363. What is the best music to dance to?
  364. Which Hollywood star do you want to play you in your life story?
  365. How would you like someone to celebrate your life?

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