“Idea List: Jazz Up Your Journal,” New Era, Jan. 2005, 15
It’s a new year and a great time to recommit to writing in your journal. Here are some ideas for when you just can’t think of anything to write about:
Count your blessings—including your family and your temporal and spiritual blessings.
Describe your earliest memory.
List some of your family traditions.
Tell about your favorite food or recipe.
Write about your favorite hymn or song.
Write a letter to your future spouse or children.
Write about how you felt during the day even if you don’t think you did anything momentous.
Tell a story your mom or dad has told you about when you were a baby.
Write an account of something you saw or did, instead of just saying you did it. Details are great; they capture the experience better than general statements.
Explain your goals and aspirations and how you plan to achieve them.
Pick someone who is a hero in your life, and write about him or her.
Draw a picture of your pet, and write about it.
Think of a book you’ve read, and explain why it has made a difference in your life.
Write about your favorite scripture and why you like it.
Bear your testimony of tithing, the Word of Wisdom, or another gospel principle.
Read your journal from exactly a year ago to the day, and compare your life then with your life now. Then describe what you’d like to see happen in your life a year from now.
Write your impressions of world events and other important happenings.