Create a Journal Jar

create a journal prompt jar
create a journal prompt jar

Developing a daily journaling habit is beneficial in many ways and will open up your creativity as a writer. One way to get into the habit of daily journaling is to create a Journal Jar!

What's a Journal Jar?

A beautiful jar filled with daily writing prompts...created by you! This will help on those days when you feel stuck and just don't know what to journal about. Simply pull out a prompt and see what you get! Before long, you'll look forward to your daily journal prompt and it will become an exciting part of your daily writing routine.

How to Make a Journal Jar:

1. Find a jar that you can decorate and will be appealing to the eye. This can be anything from a mason jar to a flower vase. Decorate it with twine, ribbon, bows, paint, stickers--whatever your heart desires!

2. Cut up a minimum of thirty pieces of paper (leave enough room to write out a prompt), but if you are feeling inspired, by all means create more!

3. Write one prompt or inspiration per piece of paper. This could be anything from your favorite inspirational quotes to writing prompts you come up with on your own. I've added a list below to get you started:

  • If life were a journey, mine would be about....
  • When I reflect on my life story, these are the patterns I recognize...
  • 50 things I'm grateful for and why...
  • Here's something nobody knows about me...
  • If I met me, would I like me?
  • The one thing I regret the most...
  • The person I'm missing the most today...
  • Dear _________, I wish that I had told you...
  • It was a dream that first foretold this...
  • What would you do if you weren't afraid?
  • My bucket list...
  • A day in the life of my dreams...
  • The most influential book I've ever read...
  • Dear Past Me...
  • Dear Future Me...
  • Dear Body...
  • Dear Fear...
  • If a genie were to grant me three wishes...
  • My book writing goals...
  • Ten years from now...
  • Who am I when no one is looking?

4. Fold your prompts and place them inside your jar. Give it a good shake to mix them up!

5. Each day, vow to spend a minimum of twenty minutes writing in your journal. You might even set a goal to journal for 30 minutes each day and set a timer when you begin. This is your special journaling time so make it fun!

6. Ready??? Pick a prompt and begin!