Writing is of my favorite outlets for stress! There is something liberating about the rhythmic movement of a pen on paper. Tapping away on a keyboard while listening to music keeps me in the zone.
If your mind is overflowing with overwhelming thoughts and emotions, writing can be difficult. You might not know where to start. I have been there as well. Writing prompts have given me ways to analyze and organize my thoughts. Here are five writing prompts to help you get started.
Your First Thoughts From This Morning
If you struggle with depression and/or anxiety in the morning, thinking about your first thoughts might seem stressful. However, it is a critical step to cope with emotions throughout the rest of your day. If you had a positive thought this morning, writing about it can give you a sense of hope and peace.
A few weeks ago, I worried about my job search. My first thought was, I have been applying for writing jobs for a long time. Maybe I’m not cut out for my field. This was not a pleasant thought. But recognizing it helped me consider my reasons for thinking this way and how I overcame it in the past. I developed a determination to continue my job search.
Last week, I had a very positive thought. I thought I’m so excited to write today! I’m going to write a story for HealthyPlace and a story for Medium! I was very motivated to have a productive day. By writing about my positive thought, I have something good to look back on when I struggle in the future.
A Fictional Character That Represents Your Personality
This prompt first requires you to think about your strengths and weaknesses. What have you accomplished in the past, and how did you do it? What gifts do you have? How would you like to improve yourself?