Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guest Blog/Giveaway - Peace of Mind and Body: 27 Days of Journaling by Mari McCarthy

A May Basket of Journaling Prompts

While your journaling probably enjoys a life of its own, the sentences flowing like a rushing river from your thoughts to the page. But now and then, you might feel an ambivalence, an indecision. Your pen might hesitate, poised to write but uncommitted.

In those cases, a journaling prompt will melt the paralysis. I have several collections of prompts of various kinds: on Facebook, my website, and in my ebooks – especially this one.

You can freely access any of those lists, but for now, here's a special sequence built just for Sue and readers here at Books Books …

1. Pick a song. Use some of its lyrics to start a new journal entry.

2. Make someone happy. Pick a person (it could even be yourself!) and write him/her a letter extolling their virtues and expressing your gratitude for what they bring to your world.

3. Look over the titles of your computer files – especially the word documents. When something catches your eye, use it to jumpstart your journal today.

4. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. What interests you? Take that curiosity to the page and write about those luscious lips, that special smile, those Bette Davis eyes.

5. Thank your Mother for her wit, wisdom, and whatevers.

6. He said, "I would do anything for love but I won't do that." What would (or wouldn't) you do for love? Write away!

7. Take a page from the news. Use an intriguing headline as the opening sentence in your Journal.

8. Get a picture of the scariest monster you can find. Let it inspire a story to tell to your Journal.

9. What's your favorite toy? Visit a toy department and see which item chooses you. Bring it home with you and introduce it to your journal.

Hope this little basket of posies entices you. Do you have a favorite prompt or two? Please share in the comments!


Author Bio:By Mari L. McCarthy - The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Journaling for the Health of It™. Please visit Mari's blog. In 27 Days of Journaling to Health and Happiness, Mari walks you through an easy process for accessing your natural inner strengths. Mari's latest publication is titled, Who Are You? How to Use Journaling Therapy to Know and Grow Your Life. See for details.


  1. Thanks for hosting me Sue. WriteON!

  2. I was once an avid journal writer, this post reminds me that I need to start back!

    New follower :-)

  3. I'd like to get back to journaling as well. Thanks for the giveaway AND the prompts (I'm going to start with the one about toys!)

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com


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