One of the more popular posts on my blog is 83 Teen Writing Prompts from way back in January of 2012. While it is titled for teens, really anyone can use it. Writing prompts are a great way to encourage daily journal writing and free flow thinking. There are no right and wrong answers.

UPDATE: Make sure you check out my more recent post on Using Photos as Writing Prompts too!

77 Teen Writing Prompts and Journal Starters plus ideas for using them at home too! | Robyns.World

Teachers use writing prompts and journal starters in school regularly. There is no rule that says you cannot do this at home though. Here are a few ideas on how your family can utilize these writing prompts at home to spark a love of writing in everyone and to learn about each other if you chose to share.

  • Print out the writing prompts and then cut them into strips individually. Now fold them and place them in a jar. Each day pull out a new writing prompt and…
    • Write about it in your journal
    • Talk about it at the breakfast or dinner table with the family giving everyone a chance to answer
    • Write the daily prompt on a kitchen white board or chalkboard and have everyone write their answer below it throughout the day
  • Make a gift by purchasing a new journal, or even just a spiral notebook, and add one writing prompt to the top of each day. Give this to a teenager to help them learn to express themselves and think about life. Add a cool pen or personal touch that matches the recipient to make it even more special.
  • Create a family daily journal. Use one prompt a day and have each family member write their answer in the book. It is a time capsule for your family. Be sure to date the pages for when you go back and look years later.
  • Use the writing prompts as short video prompts and create a video journal.
  • Some people feel more open to expressing themselves in pictures. Create a journal using the prompts where they can draw, paint, or sketch their answer. Another option is to cut out pictures from magazines or print clipart that expresses their thoughts. For younger children you could also write their verbal description of the pictures at the bottom.
  • Blog it! Since I am a blogger you know I like this format. Use the writing prompts to help when you need an idea for content or just create a daily journal blog using only the prompts.

Now let’s get to the list. Be sure to check out the original 83 Writing Prompts post too so you will have a ton of prompts to select from.

77 Teen Writing Prompts and Journal Starters

  1. How do you feel when the internet goes down?
  2. If you could change the color of the sky, what color would you make it and why?
  3. What is one piece of advice you have received from an adult that you feel is totally wrong?
  4. What is your current favorite app and why?
  5. What is your most valued possession and why?
  6. Explain what you think your life will be like twenty years from now.
  7. Describe something that stands out in your memory at a time when you had an illness or injury.
  8. Do you believe there is intelligent life in the universe other than on Earth? Why or why not?
  9. Describe what your last meal would consist of.
  10. Would you rather be the most popular person in school or the smartest person in school? Why?
  11. What is the line between creativity and insanity?
  12. Do you agree with a certain political affiliation such as Democrat, Republican or other? Why?
  13. What impact does music have on your life?
  14. What actor would portray you in a move about your life?
  15. What animal, other than humans, do you think is the smartest and why?
  16. Describe a perfect date.
  17. What negative impact, if any, do you feel organized religions have had on the world we live in?
  18. What is beauty?
  19. Name your favorite vegetable and 5 different ways to prepare it or use it in recipes.
  20. How would not having a refrigerator impact your life?
  21. Name 3 songs that you would include in a soundtrack of your life and why.
  22. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses (vision, smell, taste, touch, hearing) which would you give up and why?
  23. Where is your favorite place to read and why?
  24. Describe the smell of where you are right now.
  25. Where do you stand on the death penalty?
  26. Describe a time when you were cruel to another person and how you felt afterwards.
  27. What makes you, you?
  28. What is your greatest fear and why?
  29. Do you want to be a parent? How many children would you like to have and why?
  30. What do you love most about your immediate family?
  31. Is it okay to break a law if no one will find out?
  32. Describe your dream house.
  33. Have you ever experienced déjà vu? How did it feel? Why do you think people have this feeling?
  34. Is it possible to understand happiness if there were no sadness?
  35. Define success.
  36. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (You can’t ask for more wishes)
  37. Describe a time you have been bullied or treated badly online by others and how it made you feel.
  38. Socrates said “the unexamined life is not worth living”, what does this mean to you?
  39. Do you think our lives are random or that we are controlled by destiny? Why?
  40. Describe your dream vacation.
  41. Would you rather be stuck on a desert island with only people you hate or alone? Why?
  42. What is something you own that you would never share? Why?
  43. Would you rather have a job you love with very low pay or a job you hate with very high pay? Why?
  44. How do you feel when you see a homeless person?
  45. What makes you unique?
  46. What foreign languages do you speak or would you like to speak. Why?
  47. Describe a time that your parents embarrassed you.
  48. What skill do you have that you are most confident about and why?
  49. Describe a time in your life where persistence paid off.
  50. What, if anything, would you be willing to fight to the death for?
  51. Name a way in which you would like to be like your mother or father.
  52. Name one thing you would change to improve the city you live in.
  53. How would your life be impacted if time did not exist?
  54. Name one thing you are grateful for today and why.
  55. Go or look outside. Describe in detail what you see.
  56. Describe a time you had to perform in front of an audience or group and how you felt before, during, and after the performance.
  57. What are your thoughts on requiring police offers to wear cameras.
  58. If you had to be a bug, what would you be and why?
  59. Do you act differently in person than you do online?
  60. How can you tell when someone is lying to you?
  61. What is your favorite quotation and why?
  62. Name your favorite character trait of each person who lives in your home, including yourself.
  63. Describe the emotions you feel when riding a roller coaster.
  64. What is the earliest memory in your life?
  65. Describe the most amazing thing you have ever seen.
  66. What is the most difficult thing about being your current age?
  67. What historical event do you wish you could go back in time and experience firsthand?
  68. What superhero power do you wish you could have and why?
  69. Write about your favorite childhood toy.
  70. What do your parents say you cannot do that you wish they would let you do?
  71. Would you ever consider enlisting in the military? Why or why not?
  72. What are 3 things you would do if someone gave you a million dollars and why?
  73. What makes you angry? Why?
  74. What is your greatest accomplishment to date and why?
  75. Describe a disappointment in your life.
  76. Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do?
  77. Do you think women and men are equal in today’s world? Why or why not?
Robyn