Click here to go to Part 1. There are also many more pages on this website with journal prompts and creative writing advice. At the bottom, you'll find links to related CWN pages on how to write a journal. Play a piece of music that has no lyrics, and write in your journal about the lyrics you think would fit it best. This can be the beginning of a poem.
Does the music stir up memories? If it were the soundtrack for a movie, what kind of movie would it be? Write part of the story. Italo Calvino wrote a short story in which his character, Marcovaldo, followed stray cats from through his city, seeing the alleys and rooftops from a cat's perspective. Experiment with describing the world around you from different points of view.
How would your home look to a child, for example? Think about the details that would attract a child's attention that might not interest an adult. How about you -- how might a stranger describe you? What aspects of you might a stranger that your parents or spouse would overlook? In what ways would the stranger be wrong?
Did you hear a word that you liked? An expression that caught your attention? In Spain, where I live, people say things like, "I was more lost than an octopus in a garage. Keep a list of interesting words that you can use as poem starters.
You might do a little research on the origins of words and phrases in the list. Many words have curious stories behind them. How does the word sound to you? What images does it bring to mind? Does it have more than one meaning? How does it feel in your mouth? How is it different from similar words? What does it remind you of? Write about it. Spend a day concentrating on just one of your senses -- smell or sound.
Or a day paying attention not to objects, but to their shadows and reflections. A day looking specifically at people's hands, the differences in their textures, their movements, the way they act. A day looking at the way people walk. Focusing your attention will lead to new discoveries.
Reading can lead your mind in new directions. You, of course, may choose to use any of these at whatever time you like. There are eight graphics on this page to serve as general visual bookmarks. Additionally, please consider using the following text links to jump to specific points on this page:.
Note: If you'd like to make these really POP and save yourself some effort at the same time , you may be interested in Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 1 , which contains prompts listed below. Write about going back to school after summer vacation. Write a thank you note to a friend who gave you onion and garlic-flavored chewing gum. Draw an imaginary constellation.
Write a story such as ancient people might have told about it. Describe a real made-up dream or nightmare. Write about your favorite childhood toy. Write out the best or the worst day of your life. 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! If and when I raise children, I'll never I have never been more frightened than when Persuade a friend to give up drugs.
Five years from now, I will be Write about a day you'd like to forget. Invent and describe a new food. Describe an event that changed your life forever, or make up and describe an event that would change your life forever. Write about a time in your life when you struggled with a choice and made the right one. Imagine yourself in a different century and describe an average day in your life. Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why?
Three goals I have set for myself are What would you do if mice had just gotten out of their cages in a pet shop where you worked? Just like the above 20 prompts, prompts listed below have not been "dressed up" much. To see them in their finest clothing, you may want to download Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 2. What would you do if you were locked inside your favorite department store overnight?
What would you do if you woke up one morning to find yourself invisible? What would you do if you were able to communicate with animals? What would you do if you could travel into the future? What would you do if you could travel into the past? What would you do it all the electricity in the world just stopped?
What would you do if you could travel free anyplace in the world? What would you do if the dinner served to you in a fancy restaurant came with a fly in the mashed potatoes? Write a list of at least 50 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. Who is the person from history that you would most like to meet and talk to?
What would you like to ask? Who is the person from literature that you would most like to meet and talk to? 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?
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 Tell about what triggers anger in you or someone else. Invent a monster and describe it. Tell where it lives, what it eats, and what it does. What is your favorite kind of weather? 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.
Prompts listed below are included in Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 3. Think about an incident that happened to you and exaggerate 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.
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? Design some gadget, machine, building, or other creation that might enrich the future. 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? Convince someone why music or art or computers are important in your life. Make them appreciate your viewpoint. 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 could do something that you never have 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. Write one characteristic or habit about yourself that you like and describe it. Or write about one thing you don't like about yourself.
If you could go somewhere where you've never gone before, where would you go and why? What's, 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? The following prompts are included in Journal Jumpstarts, Volume 4.