Journal writing prompts can be a helpful tool for anyone interested in a freelance writing career. After spending hours working on paid assignments for your clients, taking a break to write in your journal can be a wonderful way to jumpstart your creative juices. If you hope to someday write a memoir or have an interest in publishing personal essays, your journal entries may even be useful as rough draft material for future projects.
What is your favorite personality trait? What is one thing you dislike about yourself? If your friends and family were asked to describe you in just three words, what do you think they would say?
List 10 things that are essential for a happy life and describe why each item is important.
What is your greatest accomplishment in life so far? What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years? Ten years? Twenty years? Do you think your goals are realistic? Do you have a plan for achieving them?
Describe the greatest gift you've ever received. What made it so memorable?
What has been the most challenging obstacle you've faced in your life so far? In what ways did dealing with this situation change your outlook on life?
When you're feeling stressed out, sad, or upset, what do you do to make yourself feel better? Do you feel like this is a healthy and productive way to cope with your problems?
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