One of the coolest parts of journaling is that you are essentially writing your own autobiography! One entry at a time, you are building your story as it happens and each completed journal acts as another chapter added.
I have been journaling for a very long time. I think the earliest entry I have in a journal is from 7th grade, which was 11 years ago. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon so can you imagine all the material I will have in 10 years?! I think that’s pretty awesome.
So if you’re an avid journalista or just starting out (if you are, try my Zero-to-Hero Journaling Challenge to help you get started), these creative journal prompts I put together will help you piece your informal autobiography together. Let’s get journaling!
- What is your most vivid childhood memory?
- What have been defining moments in your life?
- Have you ever had a major epiphany or “aha!” moment?
- What do you recall as the happiest period in your life?
- What do you recall as the least happy period in your life?
- Do you have any memories that are connected with your senses? (ex. remembering the taste of your grandmother’s cookies or the smell of your mother’s perfume)
- What would you like the theme of your life story to be?
- As of right now, what would be the climax of your story?
- If your life was a movie, what genre would it be?
- What memories do you have that are connected to each of the seasons?
- Who has been the most influential person in your life?
- Who is the worst person you have ever encountered?
- Have you ever been in love?
- Who is the person you have had the closest relationship with?
- What is the biggest adjustment or change you have ever had to make?
- What do you consider to be the best decision you have ever made?
- What do you consider to be the worst decision you have ever made?
- How would you like your story to end?
- List words that describe your life as a whole.
- If you ever wrote an autobiography, what would the book cover look like?
Finally, remember to keep your completed journals in a safe place! It would be a shame to put all this work into writing your story and not be able to look back on them or pass them on to family members when, or if, you ever decide to. They are precious records filled with first-hand accounts that you may not recall completely if you didn’t have them.
And be sure to keep these prompts nearby to reference back to! Screenshot them or click the image below to pin this article onto one of your Pinterest boards 🙂
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Are you an avid journal writer? Which of these creative journal prompts will you be including in your next entry? Let me know in the comments!