Write it Down! 50 Journal Prompts to Get Your Journalling Journey Started

Have you ever wanted to start journaling but just didn’t know what to write? Well, VALLEY has you covered. Here are 50 prompts to help inspire you to sit down and start documenting your life.

Self Improvement
  • Think of someone that you have lost contact with. Write them a letter, and if you’re feeling brave, send it.
  • What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do that you’re too afraid to attempt?
  • What are your three favorite parts about yourself?
  • Set a 5-minute timer and write about something that’s been bothering you for the full 5 minutes. Don’t stop until the timer goes off! Afterwards, read through what you’ve written, and see if a solution suddenly becomes clear.
  • Who are your closest friends? What qualities do you like about them? Do you feel that your friend group embodies who you want to be as a person?
  • What is something you regret in life? Write about it and see if you can reframe it in a way that shows what you learned from it, instead of the regret you associate with it.
  • What is your motto? Why do you think that this is what you choose to live by?
  • What qualities do you look for in a partner? Are these qualities a reflection of what you would like to be? What do you bring to the table in a relationship? How do you think you can improve the relationships in your life?
  • What is your biggest fear? What are you fearing right now?
  • Stop and look around you right now. What do you see or hear? What do you smell? Can you feel anything out of the ordinary? Taking a moment to slow down and notice what is around you can help ground you in your everyday life. Write down the things that you are noticing.
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This or That?
  • Are you a giver or a taker?
  • Do you prefer warm weather or cool weather? Why?
  • Do you associate yourself more with the sun or the moon?
  • Are you a morning or a night person? Which one would you rather be if you could make the choice?
  • Do you prefer breakfast or dinner?
  • Do you prefer singing or dancing?
  • Do you prefer Instagram or Tiktok? Which one do you think you could give up right now if you had to?
  • Do you prefer nights in or nights out? Whichever you pick, what are your favorite activities to do on those nights?
  • Are you a leader or a follower?
  • Do you like to plan everything out in advance? Or would you rather be spontaneous?
To Do with Friends
  • How did you meet each other?
  • What are your favorite qualities about each other?
  • What is your favorite memory together?
  • What is a memory that you both cringe at when you think about it?
  • If you had to pick a “hang out spot” that would characterize your friendship, where would you choose?
  • What is your dream vacation to go on with each other?
  • What has been your biggest fight to date? What are your reactions now when you think about it?
  • What is a surefire way to get each other to laugh?  
  • Describe each other’s “type.”
  • What is one thing do you want each other to know that you haven’t said before?
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Just for Fun
  • What would the soundtrack of your life be? Why?
  • Name your top ten favorite movies and one reason why you like each one.
  • Write about the first pet you ever had.
  • What was your dream room when you were a kid? Describe it in detail.
  • What is your favorite nickname that you’ve ever been given? Who gave it to you? Why do you like it?
  • What is your favorite animal? What life lesson can be learned by observing this animal?
  • Write down your favorite quote of all time. Why is it your favorite? Does it apply to your life in some way?
  • Who is your favorite person on earth? Why?
  • If you had to read one book over and over again for the rest of your life, which book would you choose?
  • You have to spend the next week on an abandoned island, but you can bring five people with you. Who are you bringing, and why? What do they bring to the teams that’s valuable?
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Art Journal Prompts
  • Think about your most cherished memory.  Make a collage based on the emotions you feel when you think about it.
  • Collect things, all of the same color, that can be taped into the journal.  After you’ve taped them all in, write a poem about what that color means to you.
  • Draw self-portrait. Write an objective description of yourself from an outside perspective around it.
  • Make a collage or art piece based on your favorite book, movie, song, etc.
  • Print photos out, and on the back, write about what was happening when the photo was taken. Tape them into your journal so that you’re able to flip through and read about the memories as you look at the photos.  
  • Make a list of your top ten favorite songs and doodle around them.
  • Begin by drawing a random, squiggly line. leave it for a few days, and then come back and try and make it into a drawing.
  • Finger paint!
  • Collect all of the weird odds and ends that you’ve been hoarding and make them into a coherent journal page.
  • Cut out pictures of you and your friends, and around them, draw what you think the auras of each of you would look like.


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