20 Self-Reflection Writing Prompts
I don’t know what to write about!
Every writing teacher is familiar with that complaint, so here’s a list of writing prompts designed to give students something to write about.
They all require some self-reflection, maybe a little soul-searching. I imagine these would be effective for journal writing, but there’s lots of creative writing potential here.
I don’t claim that all of these are original, by the way. Some are oldies but goodies.
Self-Reflection Writing Prompts
- What would you do if you had $100 to spend today? What if you had $10,000? How about a $1 million? What does this say about you?
- What’s one thing you’d change about your appearance if you could? What’s one character trait you’d change?
- Take a reader through your idea of a perfect day.
- If you were King of the World for a single day, what would you do?
- If a magic genie gave you one wish (with the rule that you can’t wish for more wishes!), what would you wish for?
- What’s your idea of the perfect job?
- If your life had a soundtrack, like a movie, what songs would you include? Why?
- If you could instantly be the best in the world at anything, what would you choose?
- If you could change places with anyone for a single day, who would you pick and why?
- What are the top five qualities you would look for in a spouse?
- If your house was on fire and you could only save three possessions, what would you take?
- If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have three books, what books would you choose and why?
- If you knew you had only year to live, what would you do? What if you only had one day? One hour?
- What would you attempt to do if you were guaranteed not to fail?
- If you could go back in time two or three years, what advice would you give yourself?
- What is your mission in life?
- If you could go back and relive one day of your life, which day would it be and why?
- Describe your alter ego — someone who is your exact opposite.
- If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
- If you could get the answer to any question, what would you ask?
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