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500+ Prompts For Journaling to Inspire and Motivate You

Journal prompts for a variety of journaling exercises to motivate and inspire you to put pen to paper. If you’re stuck for things to write in a journal, this mega list will keep you going every day for more than a year!

More Than 500 Journal Prompts to Inspire You

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Being immersed in a cathartic activity is hugely valuable to mental wellbeing.

What I love about journaling is how it facilitates getting into a state of flow, for me at least.

Once my pen touches that paper – or, more often lately because I do so much work online, my fingers touch those keys – I’m fully absorbed in the task.

Being so immersed in an activity you enjoy, especially one that is also cathartic, is hugely valuable to mental wellbeing.

Having those little notes to fall back on is invaluable, giving me direction when I need it.

Once I’m engaged, the words flow – no pun intended – almost without conscious thought; I’m so focused that I can be lost for hours, only resurfacing when I suddenly realise I’m ravenous or cold. It’s very rare once I’m mid-process that I lose track or find myself uncertain about what to write next.

…But sometimes it can be tricky simply to know what things to write in a journal, impeding getting started.

Read: How to journal if you’re new to the concept, plus lots of tips for staying committed.

I’m sure it’s due to the sheer scale of possibilities, and the longer I do this (blog and journal) the more I find myself keeping notes of what I want to work on when I find time. Having those little notes to fall back on is invaluable, giving me direction when I need it.

Prompts for journaling are not intended to influence what you write, so much as to ensure that you write something.

Having something to refer to for inspiration when you’re overwhelmed with options has been so beneficial for me that I’ve put together this master resource of journal prompts to help you when you’re in the same boat.

What Are Prompts For Journaling?

A journal prompt is a simple statement or question to provoke thought and focus, and ultimately to inspire you to put pen to paper.

Prompts for journaling are not intended to influence what you write, so much as to ensure that you write something.

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Should I Use Journaling Prompts?

If you’re keen on the idea of personal growth and self-improvement; if you want to find a healthy way to help manage anxiety, stress, or depression; or if you simply love writing – then you should absolutely use journaling prompts!

Having journal prompts to move you to write removes the pressure of that overwhelming blank page, and will help guide you towards your goal via regular journal writing.

How Long is a Journal Prompt?

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A journal prompt is usually a concise statement, perhaps with two or three related questions to motivate you to write.

However, while the prompts themselves tend to be short, your response/s should be as long as it takes to feel you’ve thoroughly and adequately put your thoughts down on paper.

Over 500 Journaling Prompts For Beginners and Seasoned Writers

I hope you’ll enjoy this mega list of journaling prompts for beginners and seasoned writers alike.

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500+ Prompts For Journaling to Inspire and Motivate!

A huge variety of thought-provoking journal prompts and journaling exercises to spark inspiration and encourage you to put pen to paper.

With so many different categories of journaling prompts, there's something here for everyone - every day of the year!

Looking for even more ideas? Check out these different journaling techniques for inspiration.