Journal Writing Prompts

This list of journal writing prompts focuses on an area of life we tend to put a bit too much focus upon: gaining material possessions. As children, we spend a great deal of our time hoping to get the latest toy or video game and as adults we want a beautiful home and the best cars and jewelry money can buy. But how important are these possessions in the grand scheme of things? Focusing on how important these possessions really are can lead to a more fulfilled existence. Who knew you could get so much out of some simple journal writing topics?

Journal Writing Prompts

1. Write a journal entry from your perspective when you were younger and really wanted a particular object for a birthday. Then write a complementary post during the present day, reporting on the whereabouts and the importance of this object from your past.

2. Create an entry about your most important possession currently and write about the ways in which you are grateful for that object. Then compare your gratitude about that object with the gratitude you have for the most important person in your life.

3. Imagine that your favorite gift giver in the entire world was unavailable for one reason or another during the holiday season. How would your appreciation of this person change without the gifts that makes him or her so beloved in your mind?

4. A horrible flood is sweeping through your area and you have to leave writing away with your most important possessions. What do you choose to take and what are some of the things you deem important that you have to leave behind?

5. Imagine that a family member or a close friend has fallen on hard times. Write a journal entry from the point of view of this person and how he or she views the important of possessing high class vs. necessity items.

6. You have been granted access into Santa's workshop and you are enabled to pick out one item for yourself or one item for a complete stranger. Write a story about what you decide to choose, the gift for yourself or for someone you don't know.

7. Famous Holocaust survivor and author Viktor Frankl had to recreate his life's writings after being forced to leave his belongings and enter the concentration camps. If you had to face a similar horrible experience and abandon everything you've created, what are some things you would want to recreate and what would you try to start from scratch?

8. Most people believe that having more money would make them happier. What is your opinion on this issue? How much money would it really take for you to have complete peace of mind?

9. Imagine that you could trade your life with that of a troubled celebrity, who seems to be squandering his or her wealth and fame. What are some of the problems this person has, emotionally and purpose-wise that you were not able to see as an outsider? Would you do a better job or have a similar trajectory?

10. If you had to choose between true love and your family being financially secure for generations to come, what would you choose and why? Write two entries: one from the perspective of that one true love and one from a descendant who would be well taken care of in the future.

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed these journal writing prompts and have found them useful for your personal record keeping. There are over 1,000 prompts on this site that can be used for journaling if you so please. I have also created a book that is perfect for using for journal writing prompts called 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More that is available for Amazon, Nook as well as in PDF and paperback form.

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