Writing Prompts That Lead to Personal Growth

Writing prompts are effective because they force you to consider things you might not ever think about on your own. 

Writing is an effective process for personal growth because it forces you to slow your thinking and organize your thoughts. You can’t write nearly as quickly as you can think! 

Consider these prompts to help you discover more about yourself.

How do you think others view you? 

  • Imagine being an observer and watching yourself go through your typical day. What would you think about yourself if you were the average person? 
  • What changes do you think you should make based on this observation? 
  •  Is what other people think important to you? 

If you had lots of money and free time, what would your life look like? 

  • What would you do? 
  • What would you stop doing? 
  •  Everyone wants more time and money, but what would you do if your wish came true?

What negative experiences from your childhood are still influencing or impacting you today? 

  • What impact is this having on your life? 
  • Why haven’t you let go of these experiences? 
  •  What steps can you take to moving past these experiences?


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Describe the five habits you could develop that would have the greatest positive impact on your life.

  •  What would you accomplish by having these habits? 
  • Why haven’t you been able to develop these habits yet? 
  •  What small changes can you take to develop these new habits? 

Describe three habits you wish you could drop from your life and the impact that would have if you did.

  •  Create a plan for dropping each of those habits. 
  •  Do you think that bad habits can have a greater impact on your life than good habits? 

 What is the one thing you most want to accomplish? 

  • What are the benefits of achieving this goal? 
  • What are you willing to give up now in order to get what you want later? 
  •  Make an action plan to accomplish your goal. 

 What is one skill you wish you had? 

  • How would that impact your life? 
  •  What skill is most appealing to you? 
  • What skill would have the greatest impact on your life?

What do you think about while lying in bed at night? 

  • What do these topics say about you? 
  • What do they say about your life? 

How do you procrastinate? 

  • What are some ways to limit the amount of time you procrastinate? 
  •  What tasks are you more likely to procrastinate doing?

 Which people in my life cause me the most grief? 

  • Which people are the least supportive? 
  • Why have I permitted these people to persist in my life? 

 If I could go back in time, what would I do differently? 

  • What difference would that make in my life right now? 
  • What can I do right now to make the most of the rest of my life? 


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These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are plenty of additional sources of writing prompts available online. Consider doing one prompt each day for a month. You’ll be surprised by what you learn about yourself. All you need is a pen, paper, and a few minutes each day. 

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  • Angel Lewis

    A bit about me. I was born and raised in rural North Carolina, and currently call Virginia home. My passion for writing was awakened while attending Guilford College (Greensboro, NC). In 2021, I published my first book 'My Self-Care Plan: 12 Monthly Strategies That Will Transform Your Life'. It inspires readers to make self-care a priority during the next 12 months so that they can live their best life possible. The spring of 2022 saw the release of 'Ready. Set. Fly!' my debut children’s book that encourages self-belief and perseverance.

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9 thoughts on “Writing Prompts That Lead to Personal Growth

  1. Angel, your articles are always content-rich, and this one is especially so. You could do a post on each one of the topics capitalized! My late husband and I enjoyed imagining together, if one factor in life were different, what would our choices be? If we won $10 Million in the lottery, where would we want to live? What would we do with that money? Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful list of prompts. Normally I do a 10 minute writing practice (Natalie Goldberg’s idea) every day but this challenge has taken over for that. But I agree that writing can help so much!

  3. These writing prompts that lead to personal growth are wonderful suggestions. I really appreciate the unique perspective and ideas for journaling and more. Thank you for sharing these ideas.

  4. Writing prompts and journaling can certainly help me process my thoughts and feelings. Thank you for sharing these. I need to use some of them!

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