Need Some Inspiration? Try These Prompts for Journaling, Essays, or Other Creative Projects

Missy Crystal

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“I don’t know what to write about today.”

I see this complaint often in writing groups I frequent on Facebook, and Quora users seem to have the same problem. I often encounter questions like “How do I think of topics for my blogs?” or “How do I come up with journaling ideas?”

I’m here to help you unleash your creative thoughts.

Writer’s block can derail your productivity, and it’s frustrating when you want to write but can’t. You may fear you have nothing worth sharing, or perhaps you’re too exhausted to brainstorm brilliant ideas after chasing your energetic kids or pets around the house. Maybe you’ve gotten in the habit of writing for content mills or clients who provide article titles and detailed outlines for each project.

It doesn’t matter what’s causing your struggles. You can plow through your barriers and rediscover the innovative ideas hidden deep in your mind. There are hundreds — maybe even thousands — of articles that only you can write.

That’s why I’ve created 250 questions to help you streamline your thoughts.

You don’t have to read this article from top to bottom unless that’s what works best for you. I’ve broken this guide into 10 categories, each with a generous amount of questions to get your creativity flowing.

Skim to sections that interest you, or close your eyes and pick a question. Make sure you bookmark this page so you can return when writer’s block strikes, whether you’re updating your blog, drafting an essay for school, or scrawling in your journal. I want to help you succeed.

Daily life

Your everyday habits may seem mundane at times, but they reveal essential clues about your identity. Your daily life can also provide inspiration for people who are curious about your routine or want to make changes in their lives. Think about your usual activities, then ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are you a night owl or an early riser?
  2. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up each morning?
  3. What’s the last thing you do before bed?
  4. Is there something you do every single day no matter what?
  5. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
  6. How do you keep track of appointments and other events?
  7. Do you bathe daily?
  8. Do you wear makeup?
  9. What’s your beauty routine like?
  10. Is there something you do that isn’t the norm in your area, such as using a bidet after going to the bathroom?
  11. Who lives in your home?
  12. Who handles household chores?
  13. Do you wash the dishes each day or let them pile up in the sink?
  14. When something breaks, do you fix it yourself, call someone who can help, or ignore the issue?
  15. Do you recycle?
  16. Do you compost?
  17. How much water do you drink each day?
  18. If you had more free time each day, what would you do?
  19. How would your life change if you were forced to give up an hour from each day?
  20. Are you always on the go?
  21. Do you like being at home?
  22. How many hours a day do you typically spend at home?
  23. How many times a day do you brush your teeth?
  24. Do you turn off your laptop and other electronic devices when you aren’t using them?
  25. How much TV do you watch each day?
  26. What do you usually watch on TV?
  27. Do you make your bed daily?
  28. How does your routine change during holidays or vacations?
  29. Do you follow a strict schedule or have lots of flexibility?
  30. Do you like your daily routine?

Career

Whether you love your career or hate it, you likely spend a significant chunk of your life working. Full-time workers average 8.5 hours per day at work, and that doesn’t include commute time. Self-employed individuals often rack up more hours than traditional employees, yet they still report a higher level of satisfaction with their work.

Your work experience offers valuable insight for folks interested in doing what you do. A well-written article about your job may encourage someone to pursue a degree in your field or change their career goals. You also have the power to change how people view certain jobs by explaining what happens behind the scenes. Here are some questions to consider:

  1. Are you unemployed, employed, or self-employed?
  2. Do you like your career?
  3. What’s a typical workday like?
  4. How many hours per week do you work?
  5. How do you feel about your coworkers?
  6. What are your workday pet peeves?
  7. Are you good at your job?
  8. If you could choose any career, what would you pick?
  9. What makes work stressful?
  10. What makes work enjoyable?
  11. Have you ever dated a coworker?
  12. How do you feel about workplace gossip?
  13. When you were a child, did you think you’d have the career you have now?
  14. Do you feel you are compensated fairly for your efforts?
  15. What’s your workplace personality?
  16. Do you behave differently at work than you do with friends or family?
  17. Are you in a leadership position?
  18. How long do you plan to work in your current position?
  19. What was the interview process like?
  20. Is a degree required for your job?
  21. What’s the best thing that ever happened to you at work?
  22. What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you at work?
  23. Have you ever broken any rules at work?
  24. What would you do if you saw someone violating workplace guidelines?
  25. Do you feel safe at work?
  26. Do you feel valued at work?
  27. What could your boss do better?
  28. If you’re currently unemployed, how do you feel about that?
  29. Would you continue working each day if you won the lottery?
  30. What would you like other people to know about your career?

Education

Many people feel strongly about education, including what it should entail and how information should be presented. This is true for all levels of learning, from kids in preschool to adults in college. You may experience judgement or accolades for your educational choices, such as attending an esteemed university.

Some students attend college for personal fulfillment, while others get a degree to increase job opportunities. Your choices may influence others, so keep that in mind as you ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Did you graduate high school?
  2. Do you have a college degree?
  3. Did you attend tech school?
  4. How long did it take you to complete your schooling?
  5. How did/do you pay for college?
  6. Did college prepare you for your current career?
  7. What’s something you loved about school?
  8. What did you hate about school?
  9. What subjects do you think schools should teach?
  10. Should schools teach students how to pay taxes, do household chores, or apply for a mortgage loan?
  11. How do you feel about homeschooling?
  12. How do you feel about virtual learning?
  13. Was anything unique about your educational experience?
  14. Were you popular in school?
  15. What made your favorite teacher so special?
  16. Do you think grades are important?
  17. Do you suffer from test-taking anxiety?
  18. How do you prepare for a big exam?
  19. Have you ever taught any classes, programs, or seminars?
  20. Do you think teachers are underpaid?

Relationships

Social connections bring us joy. Well, unless they’re toxic.

Your relationships can enhance your life or fill it with stress. Think about your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and significant other. You likely have interesting or helpful stories about these people that you can share with others. Find out by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a good support system?
  2. Who is your best friend?
  3. How many friends do you have on social media?
  4. Do you have any online friends you’ve never met in person?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do with your friends?
  6. Are you in a romantic relationship?
  7. Are you friends with your exes?
  8. How do you feel about your family?
  9. Do you like your neighbors?
  10. Do you get along with your coworkers?
  11. Are you a good friend?
  12. Are you a good significant other?
  13. How can you build stronger relationships?
  14. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone you care about?
  15. What’s the worst thing someone you care about has done to you?
  16. How do you handle conflict?
  17. Could you date someone who hated your family?
  18. Do you care if your friends like your significant other?
  19. Do you have pets?
  20. Do you consider your pets part of your family?
  21. How much time do you spend with your family each week?
  22. How often do you text your significant other?
  23. What’s it like to date during a pandemic or other crisis?
  24. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
  25. Would you date someone who lived 1,000 miles away?
  26. Have you ever been in an abusive relationship?
  27. Do you miss your first love?
  28. Do you prefer group outings or one-on-one interaction?
  29. How would you define love?
  30. Are you happy with your love life?
  31. Have you ever cheated on a partner?
  32. Has a partner ever cheated on you?
  33. What is your love language?
  34. Have you ever ghosted anyone?
  35. How do you feel about online dating sites?

Health/Fitness

Wellness means something different to everyone, and readers like hearing different perspectives. Your health-related experiences can also give readers hope if they’re battling a similar condition or praying a loved one can manage their symptoms. Craft a well-written health or fitness article after answering these questions:

  1. Are you healthy?
  2. Do you exercise regularly?
  3. What’s your favorite type of exercise?
  4. Have you ever had surgery?
  5. Do you have any chronic health conditions?
  6. Do you have any mental health conditions?
  7. What would you like everyone to know about a condition/disease that you have?
  8. How do you motivate yourself to exercise?
  9. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
  10. Are you on any prescription medications?
  11. What was your biggest health scare?
  12. Have you lost someone you love due to health issues?
  13. Do your health issues impact your daily life?
  14. Would you date someone with major health problems?
  15. How can you improve your health?
  16. Do you trust doctors?
  17. Have you ever been misdiagnosed with a medical condition?
  18. Have you ever been injured during a surgical procedure?
  19. Do you know anyone with COVID-19?
  20. Are you on a diet?
  21. Have you lost or gained a significant amount of weight?
  22. Are you happy with your body?
  23. Could you run a marathon wearing jeans?
  24. Can you do a cartwheel?
  25. What’s your favorite sport?
  26. Would you ever undergo plastic surgery?
  27. How do you feel about Botox and facial fillers?
  28. Do you want to run a marathon?
  29. How do you feel about exercising at a crowded gym?
  30. What are your wellness goals?

Religion/Spirituality

Your religious or spiritual beliefs may place a central role in your life and influence your lifestyle, or maybe they don’t matter at all. Either way, there are people out there who can relate. Share your beliefs with others after answering these questions:

  1. Do you believe in God?
  2. What religion are you?
  3. How do you feel about Christians?
  4. Are your religious/spiritual beliefs important to you?
  5. Could you date someone who practices a different religion?
  6. How often do you attend church?
  7. Have any traumatic religious experiences occurred in your life?
  8. Do you read the Bible?
  9. Do you believe in the power of prayer?
  10. Do you believe in the law of attraction?
  11. Do you meditate?
  12. Have you ever tried manifesting your desires?
  13. Do you pray daily?
  14. Do you fast for your religion?
  15. What’s your favorite religious holiday?
  16. Have you ever made moon water?
  17. How do you feel about tarot cards?
  18. How do you feel about crystals?
  19. Do you believe in astrology?
  20. Do you believe in reincarnation?

Parenting

Parenthood is a blessing, but it’s not always easy. Readers enjoy hearing about the magical moments associated with raising kids, but they also want to hear about tough times. Identify your parenting strengths and struggles with these questions:

  1. Do you have kids?
  2. Are you happy with the number of kids you have?
  3. How do you feel about kids?
  4. Is parenting easier, harder, or about what you expected it to be like?
  5. Are you a single parent?
  6. If you are divorced or were never married, what’s your custody/visitation schedule?
  7. How do you feel about coparenting?
  8. Do you think your child(ren)’s other parent is a good parent?
  9. Are you a good parent?
  10. What’s your favorite part of parenting?
  11. What’s the worst thing about being a parent?
  12. What are some funny things your kids have done lately?
  13. How much screen time do your kids get?
  14. Do you post photos of your kids on social media?
  15. What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?
  16. Do your kids get along well with each other?
  17. Are you involved in their education?
  18. What do you do when your kids aren’t around?
  19. Are you a strict parent?
  20. Do you read to your children?
  21. How do you balance your career with your parenting duties?
  22. Were your parents good parents?
  23. Do you trust babysitters/daycare?
  24. Do you let your kids have soda?
  25. At what age should kids move out of their parents’ home?
  26. Are you a foster parent?
  27. Do you have any adopted children?
  28. Did you grow up in foster care?
  29. Who is your parenting role model?
  30. Would you rather raise kids in the city or the country?

Hobbies

Hobbies can boost your mental health by reducing stress, but many people lack hobbies. If you have hobbies, others can learn more about them from you. You can discuss how to get started or share the benefits of being a hobbyist. Draft your next article after answering these questions:

  1. What are your hobbies?
  2. If you had unlimited funds, what hobbies would you pursue?
  3. What’s your creative outlet?
  4. How do hobbies make you feel?
  5. Are your hobbies lucrative or just for fun?
  6. Do you have any special skills that could help other hobbyists?
  7. How much time do you devote to your hobbies?
  8. Do you share any hobbies with your loved ones?
  9. How did you become interested in your hobbies?
  10. What were your childhood hobbies?

Life Events

Every moment, big or small, plays a role in shaping our identity. Think about the life lessons you’ve learned and the experiences you’ve had. Readers can benefit from hearing about your disappointments and successes. Get inspired with these questions:

  1. Are you married?
  2. Have you ever been divorced?
  3. What was the happiest moment of your life?
  4. What was the most moment of your life?
  5. What is one event you’ll never forget?
  6. Do you own a home?
  7. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy?
  8. Have you survived a brutal custody battle?
  9. Have you ever been the victim of false allegations?
  10. Have you ever been arrested?
  11. Have you ever had a midlife or quarter-life crisis?
  12. What is something that defines you?
  13. Have you ever been to rehab?
  14. What’s the most memorable vacation you’ve taken?
  15. Have you ever been homeless?
  16. Have you ever been on welfare?
  17. Have you ever been charged with a crime?
  18. Have you ever been evicted?
  19. Have you ever had a car repossessed?
  20. What is your biggest achievement?
  21. What is your biggest regret?
  22. How did you feel when you learned you or a loved one was pregnant?
  23. Has a heartbreaking incident ever made you stronger?
  24. How did you feel when you bought your first car?
  25. Have you ever fought addiction?

Current Events

Many of us have been warned not to discuss politics or religion at the dinner table, but anything goes on the internet. This is your time to shine, whether you’re devastated Bernie dropped out of the race in 2020 or you’re a devoted Trump fan. Here are some article-inspiring questions regarding current events:

  1. Do you like politics?
  2. What are your political views?
  3. Are you nervous about the spread of COVID-19 and/or other viruses?
  4. Do you believe everything mainstream media says?
  5. Do you frequent any independent publications?
  6. How do you feel about the world right now?
  7. Would you ever want to be president or in a similar position of power?
  8. Who are your favorite celebrities?
  9. Would you consider yourself a conspiracy theorist?
  10. Would you ever marry someone with drastically different political views?
  11. How do you feel about food stamps?
  12. How do you feel about Medicaid and Medicare?
  13. Who should run for president of the United States?
  14. How do you feel about socialism?
  15. Is it appropriate to discuss current events on Facebook?
  16. Do you delete online friends with different political views?
  17. Do you think the government has too much power?
  18. Are you proud to be a citizen of the country where you reside?
  19. What are your thoughts on the stock market?
  20. Have you heard about any recent medical advances?

Now it’s time to write

You can do this, so don’t make excuses for yourself. You’ve got 250 questions to help you produce creative content. People can learn valuable information from your answers — but first you have to share your knowledge.

Sit down at your computer, grab a notebook, or start typing a brilliant piece on your phone. The world is ready for your content.

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