41 Fun Journal Prompts

Writing doesn’t always need to be so serious, it can be a lot of fun as well.

There are a multitude of topics that can be written about entertainingly, and that can give students a break from the sometimes overwhelming opinion or narrative writing that is based on facts.

This list is all in the interest of writing for the pure pleasure of writing.

Using Prompts

You can assign these any way you want; they’re supposed to be fun.

You might try keeping these in a jar on your desk and having students pick one whenever they finish other writing assignments.

Or have a student choose a prompt that the whole group can address and see the different responses that come after. Have Fun! 

The Prompts

  1. What is your favorite sport, and why?
  2. Do you think your favorite color tells something about your personality? What is your favorite color, and what does it say about you?
  3. Write about something you love to do.
  4. Who is your favorite musical artist and why?
  5. What books do you like to read? DO you read on a kindle or from a real book? Why?
  6. What do you think you will be like in 20 years? What would you like to be like?
  7. Can you describe a favorite memory that always makes you smile?
  8. Create an alternate ending to an event in your life. Why did that need to go differently?
  9. Do you know anyone who inspires you in an unconventional way? Who are they, and how does that happen?
  10. What is your favorite subject in school and why?
  11. Write a short story about being famous.
  12. What helps you be a better person? Write about anything that makes you better.
  13. Do you have a hidden talent? What is it?
  14. Create a replacement for the main character in a story you like and explain the changes you made. 
  15. What is something that you hate?
  16. What is something that always makes you laugh, and why?
  17. Create a superhero identity for yourself. 
  18. What do you think it is going to be like to be old?
  19. Write about a day in the life of your favorite celebrity.
  20. What planet in our solar system would you visit if you could? Why?
  21. Do you like being the center of attention or watching from the sideline? Explain your position.
  22. Do you have a favorite board game? What is it, and why?
  23. What is your favorite thing to do for fun with friends?
  24. Have you ever seen something that made you laugh so hard you cried?
  25. What would it be about if you could create a reality TV show?
  26. What is your favorite movie? Why?
  27. Do you think you’re going to be a “cool” parent? Why or why not?
  28. What is the most fun you have ever had on vacation?
  29. What animal would you be if you could choose any critter to be for a day?
  30. Do you have a favorite food? Why is it the best, and when do you eat it?
  31. Describe the last dream you had that you can remember.
  32. Pick a random piece of writing and use the first sentence to start a brand new story that has nothing to do with the one you chose the first sentence from.
  33. Write about a day in the life of your pet from their perspective and imagine what they do all day when you’re not at home. 
  34. Write a poem about anything you want but include the words quiet, livery, and foreclosure in whatever you decide to write. 
  35. Write what you think it would be like to be the favorite character in a movie, book, or television show. 
  36. Invent something that solves some problem that you encounter on a daily basis. 
  37. What is your favorite guilty pleasure, and what makes it guilty for you?
  38. Who makes you fight the hardest and why?
  39. Write a story about anything as long as it involves an elephant.
  40. Do you like every holiday? What is your favorite?
  41. What is your favorite pun? Why?

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