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What Is A Writing Prompt And How Is It Used?

by Journals to Freedom November 06, 2019 2 min read

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On the surface, a writing prompt is a word, phrase, or question designed to inspire thoughts for journaling. Below the surface, writing prompts can be so much more. 

What is a Writing Prompt and How is it Used?

Writing Prompts for Journaling Beginners

If you have never written in a journal before, you likely don't know where to start. All of those clean blank pages staring up at you can feel intimidating. Using a writing prompt workbook that uses baby steps to help you journal for the first time is a great way to get started. 

Writing Prompts for Self-Esteem and Depression

Everyone has those days when it feels like you will never be good enough, smart enough, attractive enough, or clever enough. When low self-esteem and depression creep in, it can overshadow everything. Writing prompts can help you focus your mindset on the positive that can be difficult to see at times. Research shows that mindful journaling has the following effects:

  • Boost your mood
  • Enhance your sense of well-being
  • Reduce symptoms of depression 
  • Reduce symptoms of trauma
  • Help cope with a stressful event
  • Improve memory

Whether you prefer writing prompts that are self affirming or ones that encourage you to dive deep into your thoughts and feelings, the benefits of writing prompts for journaling are undeniable. I share how writing prompts and other tools helped me through Postpartum Depression and Anxiety with these printables.

Historical Journaling Writing Prompts

Everyone has an important story to tell. Although we would love to document our lives and important moments in a journal, it can be difficult to know where to start. A Memory Journal is a simple way to capture special memories each and every day. Process events and feelings, record meaningful quotes or funny thoughts. After a few years, look back to your earlier journaling to appreciate your progress and the masterpiece you have become.

Writing Prompts Make Great Gifts

Are you looking for an inexpensive, yet incredibly meaningful gift idea? Writing prompts with adorable designs containing your heartfelt thoughts and feelings are the best gifts. 

A few of our favorites are:

Sister Keepsake Journal

Mother's Day Binder

Meaning of Love Valentine's Writing Prompts for Kids

Whether you are looking for thoughtful gifts that your children can create or a special gift for a loved one, writing prompts help us to express our love for others.

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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