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A Google a Day

180 Journal Writing Prompts

The Daily Post-A Prompt a Day  Not all are school appropriate; however, many great ideas.


Journal Ideas

I am always on the lookout for creative or unusual prompts that can be used for fairly quick journaling sessions.  Here are some that I have come across.

**Heather E. Wright:  Resources for Teen and Preteen Writers and Their Teachers

What kind of scene can you build around these lines of dialogue.

1. Where are you going?


Look at the sky.

2. I want to go now.

That’s impossible.


You haven’t met Sirus yet.

3. The place has changed since I was here last.

One thing has stayed the same though.

What’s that?

It’s still dangerous.


**The Daily Post–Posts a prompt a day.

1. Odd Trio Redux

Time for another Odd Trio prompt: write a post about any topic you want, in whatever form or genre, but make sure it features a slice of cake, a pair of flip-flops, and someone old and wise.

2. Object Lesson

Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her red shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

3. Nosey Delights

From the yeasty warmth of freshly baked bread to the clean, summery haze of lavender flowers, we all have favorite smells we find particularly comforting. What’s yours?


** Photographs This link will take you to one of my Pinterest boards where I have pinned cool pictures that act as wonderful prompts.


**Mona Lisa’s Point of View

Write a narrative from Mona Lisa’s point of view.  How does she feel having people stare at her all day?  What kinds of sights and sounds does she view from her perspective?


The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt: Nosey Delights

Nosey Delights

From the yeasty warmth of freshly baked bread to the clean, summery haze of lavender flowers, we all have favorite smells we find particularly comforting. What’s yours?


As a middle schooler, we moved to Springfield, Illinois, and for the first time, I learned what a lilac bush smelled like.  I always looked forward to the season when the large lilac bush in our yard would bloom.  I didn’t have to do to the bush to smell the beautiful purple blooms because the wind would carry their scent throughout the yard.  When I moved back to Georgia, I tried to grow a lilac bush without any luck and resigned myself to only getting the scent from candles or lotions.  Then, we went to Prince Edward Island, and once again, I was treated to the sweet smell of lilacs carried on the breeze.

The Daily Post’s Daily Challenge: Fictional Intruder

Fictional Intruder

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quidditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

I would want to…

1.   Sit by Walden Pond for a couple of hours.

2.  Attend the baseball game in “Casey at the Bat.”

3.  Rest under the branch of the Giving Tree.

I actually submitted this topic.  I use it with my students as I have them create a fictional bucket list.  It is great fun!

The Daily Post’s: Daily Prompt

Frame of Mind

If you could paint your current mood onto a canvas, what would that painting look like? What would it depict?


Well, since I am on my second Wednesday of vacation at the beach, my painting would be a mixture of blues swirled together to represent the colors of the ocean and sky.  I am nice and calm…  so enough, the chaos of going back to school will start.

The Daily Post’s: Daily Prompt

The Daily Prompt  “You just inherited a dilapidated, crumbling-down grand mansion in the countryside. Assuming money is no issue, what do you do with it?”


So many options…an art studio for “starving artists,” a free hospice center for those who are in need, a house to live in…

I guess that I would find out what the house looked like in its prime and work to restore it to its glory.  Then, I might find a family who is in need to live there and to make the mansion a home again.