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Journal Ideas

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1. Write about going back to school after summer vacation.
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2. Write a thank you note to a friend who gave you onion and garlic-flavored chewing gum.
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3. Draw an imaginary constellation. Write a story such as ancient people might have told about it.

4. Describe a real made-up dream or nightmare.
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5. Write about your favorite childhood toy.journal writing prompts

6. Write out the best or the worst day of your life.

7. Finish this thought: if I could change one thing about myself (if you can't think of anything, you might want to consider telling how you got to be perfect!)

8. If and when I raise children, I'll never . . .

9. I have never been more frightened than when . . .

10. Persuade a friend to give up drugs.

11. Five years from now, I will be . . .

12. Write about a day you'd like to forget.

13. Invent and describe a new food.
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14. Describe an event that changed your life forever, or make up and describe an event that would change your life forever.

15. Describe someone who is a hero to you and explain why.

16. Write about a time in your life when you struggled with a choice and made the right one.

17. Imagine yourself in a different century and describe an average day in your life.

18. Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why?

19. Three goals I have set for myself are . . .

20. What would you do if 300 mice had just gotten out of their cages in a pet shop where you worked?

21. What would you do if you were locked inside your favorite department store overnight?

22. What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible?

23. What would you do if you were able to communicate with animals?

24. What would you do if you could travel into the future?

25. What would you do if you could travel into the past?

26. What would you do if someone just gave you $1 million?

27. What would you do it all the electricity in the world just stopped?

28. What would you do if you could travel free anyplace in the world?

29. What would you do if the dinner served to you in a fancy restaurant came with a fly in the mashed potatoes?

30. Write a list of at least 50 things that make you feel good.

31. Describe the perfect day. Put in as many details as you can. Make it a possible day, not a "dream day."

32. Who is the person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask?

33. Who is the person from literature that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask?

34. Compile a list of words that describe you as a child. Compile a second list that describes you as you are now. How are these lists the same? How are they different?

35. Compile a list of inanimate or animate objects to which you might compare yourself metaphorically. (I am a windmill. I change direction or my thoughts whenever someone talks to me . . .)

36. Tell about what triggers anger in you or someone else.

37. Invent a monster and describe it. Tell where it lives, what it eats, and what it does.

38. What is your favorite kind of weather? Why?

39. What is the best book you have ever read? Why did you like it? Did reading the book change you in any way? What way?

40. Write about what you didn't do this weekend.

41. Think about an incident that happened to you and exaggerate in the telling. Make it into a tall tale.

42. If you were ruler of the world, what things would you banish absolutely for all time (rain on weekends, eggplant, and so forth)? Make a list. Use your imagination.

43. If you could go back in time anywhere and "anywhen," where/when would you go and why?

44. What law would you like to see enacted which would help people? How would it help?

45. What commercial on TV do you dislike beyond all others? What about it is particularly annoying to you?

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