October 2021 Journal Prompts

October means the start of SPOOKY SZN, baby! And that’s reflected in this month’s prompts (because it’s my favorite time of year! Do I say that a lot? Maybe…)

We’ve got the usual smorgasbord of prompt types (i.e. writing, doodle, photo, and free days). And lots of Halloween and autumn-themed prompts to get you in the spirit of the (spooky) season!

For the “Free Write” days I was thinking of switching it up this month and trying my hand at the October 30 Day Creative Sprint which I last completed in 2016. (You can read about my experience and see all of what I created here). While I’m not sure how well I’ll be able to journal AND follow these creative prompts every day in October, I feel like I’ve been training my creative brain for this kind of challenge so why not at least try! The goal is to take 5 minutes out of your day to get the creative juices flowing, not to necessarily create some gallery-worthy piece of art. That’s a big part of my mission with my daily journaling practice already so I think it’s the perfect fit!

You can sign up to receive the daily prompts all through October here if you want to participate too!

Remember if you’re following my 2021 prompts to share what you’re writing/creating with me over on Instagram, and check out my creations on my stories!

Happy journaling my friends!

  1. Write: October goals
  2. PHOTO: October Mood
  3. Write: What are you worrying about right now?
  4. Doodle: Something orange
  5. FREE WRITE
  6. Write: What do you associate with the smell of cinnamon?
  7. Doodle: Skeleton
  8. FREE WRITE
  9. PHOTO: Fall Treat
  10. Write: Write about this time last year.
  11. Doodle: Your favorite candy
  12. FREE WRITE
  13. Write: Make a list of things you’d like to say no to.
  14. Doodle: Witch
  15. FREE WRITE
  16. PHOTO: Ghost
  17. Write: Do you like scary movies? If so, which one(s)?
  18. Doodle: What do you see in your crystal ball?
  19. FREE WRITE 
  20. Write: Is there a story behind your middle name?
  21. Doodle: Monster
  22. FREE WRITE
  23. PHOTO: A faceless portrait
  24. Write: What have you always secretly wanted to be for Halloween?
  25. Doodle: Haunted house
  26. FREE WRITE
  27. Write: Have you started Christmas shopping?
  28. Doodle: Carve a pumpkin
  29. FREE WRITE
  30. PHOTO: Costume
  31. Write: Look back at your anxieties from earlier in the month. How did they work out? What can you learn from them?

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