Journal Writing Topics
Practice writing with these 30 Journal Topics
Java Journal 1
How often do you go to a café? What do you like to order? Do you prefer drinking tea or coffee? Do you like to go to a café to talk with friends, listen to music, or surf the Internet? What are some of your favorite cafés that you have visited?
Java Journal 2
What does your name mean? Do you have a nickname? How does your name reflect your heritage? Who are you named after or do you have a new name in your family? How did your family decide on your name? How do you feel about your name? What will you name your children? Why?
Java Journal 3
Describe a story of an important event you remember from school (elementary school, junior high, high school, college or university). What happened? Who was involved? What made this event memorable? What did you learn from the event?
Java Journal 4
Which is your favorite season? Describe memories you have about each one Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter. What colors do you associate with each season? What foods do you eat more of in each season? What sports do you play in each season?
Java Journal 5
Write a letter to a friend telling him/her about what you have been doing lately. What is new in your life? What do you wonder about his/her life?
Java Journal 6
What is/was your favorite subject in school or at the university? Do you still like that subject? What makes it interesting for you? How can you incorporate elements of that subject into your present/future profession?
Java Journal 7
For Halloween – Write about a scary event that happened to you or that you were told. List any fears you have. What are you not afraid of now that you used to be afraid of when you were younger? What are you afraid of now that you were not afraid of when you were younger? How do you overcome your fears?
Java Journal 8
For Halloween, write a story that starts with one of the following phrases:
A cold wind blew open the windows and…
The moon rose eerily over the pumpkin patch and…
The sound of wolves howling filled the night air and…
Java Journal 9
Describe a hobby that you enjoy. When did you start doing this hobby? What tools do you need to do it? How did you learn about this hobby? What are your goals for this hobby? What are 5 additional hobbies that you would like to try in your life?
Java Journal 10
Write a story of a family gathering you remember well. Who was there? What happened? What did your family members talk about? What food did you eat together? How often do you get together with your family? Have you ever done genealogical research in your family? What did you discover?
Java Journal 11
For Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? Make a list of 100 things. Go into detail about a few.
Java Journal 12
What is your favorite song? Write out the lyrics. Why is this song so great? Does it have any special significance?
Java Journal 13
What is your favorite holiday? How is it celebrated? What makes this holiday special? What are the traditions surrounding this holiday? What food is served? When did this holiday begin? Who in the world celebrates this holiday too?
Java Journal 14
What is would peace on earth look like? What would happen if all countries resolved their disputes? What would change?
What do you do for Christmas? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what do you do for a similar holiday?
Java Journal 16
List 10 goals that you achieved this year. These goals can be personal, academic, spiritual, or economic. Describe 1 or 2 achievement that did not end up as you had planned. Describe 1 or 2 accomplishments that worked out better than you imagined.
Java Journal 17
List some New Year resolutions, personal goals, or objectives that you hope to achieve in the next 12 months. What are your New Years wishes for the world?
Java Journal 18
Write what you know about Martin Luther King, Jr. When did he live? What did he do in his life? What is segregation? What is integration? What is a non-violent approach to solving problems? Who else in history used a non-violent approach?
Java Journal 19
What is your favorite branch of science? Why? What scientific theories do you know about? What scientific theories are you curious about? If you could study a particular science more in depth, which one would you choose?
Java Journal 20
Choose a room in your house and describe how it is decorated now OR how you would decorate it, if money and time were not concerns. What kind of paint? What kind of furniture? What kind of objects d’art? Is there a widescreen TV or a stereo? Are there books?
Java Journal 21
Who are your favorite superheroes? Do you prefer to read about them, watch them on TV, or see them in the movies? Describe one scene you remember where the superhero saved the day.
Java Journal 22
For Valentine’s Day. Who do you love? Write a love poem to someone (14 lines as in a sonnet). What do you love? Write a love poem about it.
Java Journal 23
What advice about your culture would you give international visitors to your country so that they would do well and would not unintentionally offend anyone?
Java Journal 24
Describe your favorite book. What happens in the story? What are the themes that run through the book, such as love, mystery, or adventure? How did you learn about this book?
Java Journal 25
Describe the plot of your favorite movie. What kind of movie is it comedy, drama, musical or other? List 5 more movies that you enjoy. What are common themes in these movies?
Java Journal 26
For St. Patrick’s Day, read the history of St. Patrick. What is your favorite part of the story?What is the theme or moral?
Java Journal 27
What is your favorite sport? If you could be a professional athlete, which sport would you play? What are your favorite games to play with friends and family? What sporting events have you seen live?
Java Journal 28
What is evolution? What have you changed in your life this year? How has your life evolved?
Java Journal 29
What do you know about stem cell research? What do you think about stem cell research?
Java Journal 30
Have you ever been in a natural disaster? What happened? Do you live in an earthquake zone or near a volcano?