Instead of just using these on my own blog, I thought I would share them here. My plan had been to use them to write up a post about each one so if I end up doing so, I’ll link below. If you do, I’d love you to drop your own. I take no credit for any of the prompts below. The idea is to make a journal post, not to just answer it in a sentence. THINK, then write. If I come up with separate prompts, I’ll make a new section, and list far below with a note that they’re my own. I have been considering restarting a weekly or monthly blogging challenge so we’ll see. Those I’ll post below if that comes to pass. These prompts come from 2 sheets of paper I have kept with me since elementary school.
I couldn’t even tell you what they were listed in. There’s no information on the pages that lead me to where they came from themselves. I assume a book. Just says at the end List based on work by Dave Burmester, Davis, California.) The teacher gave these out to use for our journaling. Outside of that I also don’t remember anything else. Couldn’t tell you the grade I was in. Late 80s – early 90s. And yes, the journal starters are geared toward kids, but I’d certainly use them too. Why not? A prompt is a prompt. Never know what’ll help us writers/bloggers. If anyone knows where it comes from, lemme know, and I’ll post the information. I am writing the list as is.
So without further blather.
Please note – if you take advantage of these? Feel free to link to your site/post below. I’m more than happy to help you gain even one more visitor to your site. 🙂 I will delete comments that may get my site in trouble.
Journal starters –
- Describe a favorite toy you had as a child. What made you especially fond of it?
- Describe the place where you feel (or have felt) most at home. What makes it a comfortable place for you?
- Write a list of at least fifty things that make you feel good.
- Describe the perfect day. Put in as many details as you can. Make it a possible day, not a “dream” day.
- Describe a “dream” day. How is it different from a possible day?
- Who is the person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask?
- Who is the person alive today that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you like to ask?
- Who is the person from literature that you would most like to meet and talk to? Why? What would you most like to ask?
- 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?
- Are you a noun or a verb? Give evidence.
- Finish this thought: “If I could change one thing about myself . . . ” (If you can’t think of anything, you might consider telling how you got to be perfect!)
- Write a minibiography using single words only, no phrases or sentences. (Born. Empty. Birthday. Four. Vague. Birthday. Five. Clearer. House. Pond. Hill. Kindergarten. Rhythm band. Sand table . . . and so on)
- Compile a list of inanimate objects to which you might compare yourself metaphorically. (I am a windmill. I change direction or my thoughts whenever someone talks to me . . . )
- Describe an animal that you identify with strongly. Why do you have special feeling about this animal?
- Tell about what triggers anger in you or someone else.
- Make a list of “I used to . . . but now . . .” statements. They need not be in any particular order order or on any specific topic, but they should be true. Make another list of “I used to . . . but now . . .” statements. This list should be totally imaginative. Which list was more fun to make? What does this say about you?
- Write about something that you wanted very much and perhaps worked long and hard for, but were unable to get. What were your feelings then? What are your feelings about it now?
- Invent a monster and describe it. Tell where it lives, what it eats, and what it does.
- What is your favorite kind of weather? Why?
- Describe a time when you really felt fear. What made it a frightening time? how did you feel when it was over? (If you have never been afraid, what might frighten you?)
- 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?
- Write about what you didn’t do this weekend.
- Think of an incident that happened to you and exaggerate it in the telling. Make it into a tall tale.
- 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.
- If you could go back in time anywhere and “anywhen,” where/when would you go and why?
- What law would you like to see enacted which would help people? How would it help?
- What commercial on TV do you dislike beyond all others/ What about it is particularly annoying to you?
- What is your first vivid memory?
- Design some gadget, machine, building, or other creation that might enrich future life. What does it look like? What does it do? How does it function? In what ways might it benefit people?
- What current fashion in clothing do you particularly like or dislike? Explain.
- Convince someone why music or art or computers are important in your life. Make them appreciate your viewpoint.
- If you had $100,000, how would you spent it?
- Be a building you know well. Talk about your life and memories.
- You are to tell a person from a distant planet or from another era what pollution is. Make that person understand what causes it and why it is bad.
- If you were one inch tall, what are some of the things you would do that you cannot do now?
- If you could do something that you’ve never done before, what would it be? Why would you want to do it?
- Begin a list of questions that you’d like to have answered. They may be about the future or the past.
- What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date and why?
- Write one characteristic or habit about yourself that you like and describe it. Or write about one thing you don’t like about yourself.
- What is your hobby? Why do you enjoy it?
- If you could go somewhere you’ve never gone before, where would you go? Why?
- List as many reasons as you can for putting “people” on the endangered species list.
- You have been given the power to talk to animals. Which animals would you like to talk to? What questions would you ask?
- Choose the first word that comes to mind and begin clustering. Where does your thinking take you?
- What, if anything, would you be willing to fight or even die for? Explain your answer.
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? Why would you make this change?
- Tell about a dream you have had. If you cannot remember a dream, create one. If you can, try to analyze the dream.
- Is there any machine you feel you could not live without? Explain.
- Write about what you think you will be like and what you will be going ten or twenty years from now.
- When I start Junior High next Sept, I hope . . .
- If I could live the last year of my life over, I would like to spend more time . . . (or I would like to change . . .)
- What would you do if you were a substitute teacher . . .
- I like school because . . .
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