Journal workshopThese are ideas for those participating in Journal Workshop, Millville Library, but if you are a journal writer any place and need ideas—help yourself. These are ideas and topics I have gleaned over the years as a high school, teacher, then writing instructor and just fellow writer. When I know the source, I will quote it.

For Journal Workshop participants, choose one of these when that blank page stares at you.   Just start writing and see what happens. Often quotes are often useful to spark a flow of new ideas. There are two sets of quotes. One for those who are keeping journals to enhance your writing of stories or poems.  The second set of quotes are for those who are keeping a gratitude journal.   Of course, all quotes are available for whomever wants to use them to inspire a journal entry.

Writing quotes.

1.“Only those who fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”Robert Kennedy

2.“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” Mark Twain

3.“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

4.“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.”

5.“Fill your paper with breathings from your heart.” William Shakespeare

6.“The art of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn, makes us think more deeply about life.” Norbet Platt

7.“Our life is a creation of our mind.” Buddha

8.“Life is either an adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

9.  “Wrinkles should merely indicate wither smiles have been.” Mark Twain

10.“Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

11.“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King

12.”Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

13. .“A word after word after word is power.” Margaret Atwood

14.“Get it down.Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

15. “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” Orson Scott Caret

16. “Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.” Benjamin Franklin

17. “Writing is an adventure.” Winston Churchill

18. “You can’t wait for inspection. You have to go after it with a club.“ Jack London

19“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from  destroying itself.” Albert Camus

20.“I love writing. I love the swirl of words as they tangle with human conditions.” James Michener

21.“Fiction is a careful combination of observation, inspiration, and imagination.”Luke Taylor

22.“I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid than the things I remember.”

23. “To write simply is as difficult as to be good.” W Somerset Maugham

24.“There is only one trait that marks the writer. He is always watching. It’s a kind of trick of mind and he is born with it.” Morley Callaghan


  • List all the things you can’t do. How could you conquer one on that list? Try it. Write about that adventure.
  • Write about a true awful, terrible day. What did you learn from the day. How can tomorrow be a better day?
  • What you lost is not as significant as what you have.
  • What was your soundtrack for today. What’s one song you would like for tomorrow?
  • Your age, your education, another’s opinion doesn’t define you. You can define the best you can be. How would you define the best you?
  • Collect examples of how the world is a good place to be.
  • Good vibes can be felt by others. What good vibes could you send out?
  • Create your own happy dance. Dance your dance every day.
  • List five things you love. Why are they significant.
  1. Hugs are often just what someone needs to boost their day.
  2. “Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh
  3. “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Twain
  4. “Kindness is the language the deaf hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
  5. “Some pursue happiness. Others create it.” Anonymous




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