Inside: Journal Prompts for Teens – Gratitude, Short Story, + Creative Writing.
Everyone can gain something from making journaling a regular practice. Writing in a journal is like confiding in a trusted friend who will keep your thoughts private while you work through difficult emotions and thoughts. Even though keeping a journal on a regular basis is an excellent way to develop a lifelong habit of writing every day, many teenagers have trouble getting started.
You can journal about anything you can think of. Memories from childhood, things that are really meaningful to you, or what your dreams are. We will provide you with some helpful prompts to get your teenager thinking and ready to start journaling.
Here are 43 ideas for journal prompts that any teen will enjoy!
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The Benefits of Journaling
Writing in a journal can be very helpful for people of any age, but especially for teenagers who are going through difficult emotional changes. Writing in a journal is like having a constant companion by your side. All the things you write down will be taken at face value without any form of judgment. All of your raw emotions and most private thoughts will be safe with them for as long as you desire them to be.
Without a way to express yourself, it can be difficult to make sense of your feelings and thoughts. Expressing your thoughts on paper can help you sort them out and gain perspective.
However disappointed or troubled I may be, I always find that, after writing about the situation and how I feel about it, I am able to gain some insight, and I start to feel better. I can get a better grasp of my next steps from that vantage point.
Why Use Journal Prompts for Teens
Creative thinking and reflection don’t come as easily to some people as they do to others. For those of us who get overly caught up in our logical left-brain thinking, slowing down enough to make observations about the unfolding of life all around us is a challenge.
Teenage journaling ideas Give teenagers brief; well-defined writing prompts to address this issue. Teens will recognize themselves and their experiences with social networks, relationships, and worldviews in these inquiries. Writing about familiar topics can be a source of relaxation.
Cool Journaling Supplies for Teens
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite journaling tools to help you get started.
- Colorful Bound Notebooks
- Plaid Hardback Notebook
- Cool Camo Journal
- Colorful Felt Tipped Pens
- Pastel Pen Pack
- Sticker Variety Pack
Journal Prompts for Teens
1. Think about your future self and write yourself a letter giving advice and including some of your goals.
2. What are some of your fondest memories as a child?
3. Create a list of things you are grateful for.
4. What kind of challenges are you facing, and how to deal with them?
5. Write about your most trusted friend or family member. Why are they special? What do you love about them?
6. How can you give yourself some self-care and love?
7. Have you ever had to have a conversation that was really challenging?
8. Who is someone you have never met that you would want to spend the day with?
9. If you had the opportunity to redo an entire year, which one would you choose?
10. What are some things that make you feel nervous or scared?
11. Write about your favorite movie and why you love it.
12. Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
13. Describe yourself in detail.
14. Who is your hero, and what makes them so important in your eyes?
15. What is something that makes you laugh?
Writing Prompts for Teens
16. Describe your dream house.
17. Write about a time you were complimented and how you handled it. Was there anything you wish you did differently?
18. How do you really feel about social media?
19. Do you consider yourself a night owl or and early bird?
20. What are you excited to do when you are older?
21. If you are traveling around the world, who would you want to take with you?
22. What are 5 things that represent you?
23. What types of things inspire you?
24. How do you feel about your family members?
25. Write about your town or community. What do you like or dislike?
Short Story Ideas for Teens
Here are some starter sentences for a short story. Choose one and finish the story in your journal.
26. I went to the grocery store the other day. You will never guess who was there!
27. Someone began pounding on my door, and I was terrified to open it. Once it did, I was shocked because it was my…
28. I started my first job at… and my first day was hysterical because…
29. The most embarrassing thing happened to me in gym class. I was playing basketball and tripped over…
30. While driving to school, I saw something on the side of the road. I pulled over to see what it was and it was shocking. It was a….
31. It was an average day and then everything changed. Now I have the ultimate superpower of…
32. Oddly enough, I woke up to the smell of …
Creative Teen Fiction Writing Prompts
33. Packing my suitcases and heading to the airport for my trip to…
34. I heard a song that took me right back to that day…the day when…
35. I pulled myself onto a horse for the very first time. My heart began to pound and I felt…
36. The night was dark, the moon was out, and I felt something slithering across my foot.
37. Tonight I went on my first date with…It was hilarious because…
38. It was finally here. The time I have been waiting for before me and I had no idea how to react….
39. Heading to the amusement park, I realized that I forgot my…
40. The sweet smell of candy filled the air. I grasped his hand, and we ran across the road to get into the…
More Fun Ideas for Teens
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