Are you looking for a way to push your creativity to the max in the New Year? If so, then you should consider participating in a writing challenge! A great option is the 30-Day Writing Challenge. This challenge will require you to write every day for January. It can be anything from a sentence to a full-length story. To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of January writing prompts. Use them as inspiration to create pieces that are truly unique and expressive!
30 January Writing Prompts
- Write about a time when you overcame a major obstacle or challenge. What did it take for you to succeed, and how did it change you as a person?
- Imagine suddenly being transported to a fantastical world full of magic and wonder. Describe what this world looks like, and tell the story of your journey there.
- When do you feel most inspired? Is it while working alone in your studio, wandering through nature, or connecting with others at a party or gathering? Reflect on the things that motivate and invigorate you, and use them to write an ode to your muse.
- Think back to a moment when you felt truly free: walking along the beach at sunset, soaring through the air on a rollercoaster, camping under the stars with good friends by your side. Pour your heart into describing this liberating experience, and let its magic fill every word on the page.
- What is one thing you have always wanted to try but have been too afraid to do? Whether signing up for an art class or going bungee jumping, write about taking that initial leap of faith and conquering your fears once and for all.
- Explore the theme of transformation in your writing by crafting pieces based on characters undergoing dramatic changes in their lives or environments: an abandoned house becoming a beautiful garden, a caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly, or even yourself growing from an awkward teen into a confident adult.
- Write about how music moves you – whether it’s haunting melodies stirring up deep emotions, upbeat hip-hop rhythms making you want to dance, or the melodies of nature filling you with delight.
- Write about an experience that changed your outlook on life (a positive or negative one).
- Write about a time when you were lost in the wilderness and how you navigated your way back home.
- Write about the moment you realized you wanted to pursue your creative passions for the rest of your life.
- What is one thing that you love about being you? Whether it’s your sense of humor or your passion for helping others, honor the unique qualities that make you who you are.
- Describe a time when you were completely consumed with a personal passion, whether it was painting a picture, playing music, or devouring a great book. How did your passion affect your physical, mental, and spiritual health?
- Do you have a dream vacation in mind? Whether it’s an exotic getaway to an island paradise or a quiet retreat in the heart of the country, write about all the wonderful things you hope to experience while you’re there.
- Write about a fantastic secret garden where your dreams can grow wild and free.
- Write about a moment when you felt so full of love for others that you wanted to burst.
- Write about a road trip you took, whether a journey across a vast desert or a ride along your favorite country highway.
- Imagine that you have the chance to advise your ten-year-old self. What would you say to him or her?
- How are you choosing to make this world more beautiful? What can you do to make that world even more so?
- Write a letter to the universe, thanking it for being a part of your life.
- Pick a New Year’s resolution that you want to keep. As you approach the end of the year, write a letter to yourself, listing how you will stay committed to your resolution and achieve your goals.
- Write about a time when you were forced to choose between something you loved and something you had to do.
- Write about a time when you stood up for someone who needed help.
- Write about the one thing you are most grateful for in life.
- What is one thing that you want to be better at doing this coming year?
- Write a letter to your past self, detailing the amazing things you’ve accomplished since the last time you wrote to this future version of you.
- Write about the perfect day that you envisioned in your wildest dreams.
- Write about the moment you said goodbye to a place you loved.
- What’s the biggest challenge that you’re facing right now?
- How has this past year changed you for the better? Describe the experiences that taught you about yourself and how these lessons have helped you grow.
- Write about the moment when you knew you could do anything you set your mind to.
January: A Month of New Beginnings
For many people, January is a month of new beginnings. It’s a time to set resolutions and start fresh. But what is it about this month that makes it so special? Is it the cold weather? The shorter days? The post-holiday blues? Or is there something more to it?
As a writer, I have always found January to be a special month. I reflect on the year that has passed and set my intentions for the year ahead. January is also a time of new beginnings for me creatively. I often find myself starting new writing projects or revising old ones in January. Maybe it’s because I’m finally free from the distractions of the holiday season, or maybe it’s because I’m inspired by all of the resolutions people are making around me. Either way, January is a month that holds a lot of meaning for me.
What makes January special for you? Is it a month of new beginnings or something else entirely? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The Curious Case of January: Why is it Called that?
Have you ever stopped to think about why this month is called January?
January is named after the Roman god Janus. Janus was the god of beginnings, doorways, transitions, time, and endings. He is often depicted as having two faces, one looking forward into the future and the other backward into the past. This image is symbolic of the role Janus plays in our lives; he is a reminder that we must learn from our past while also looking toward our future.
The Romans believed that Janus was the god who could see into both the past and future. As such, he was seen as a protector and guardian. Janus was also thought to be able to control time itself. For these reasons, he became associated with New Year’s Day and was seen as a symbol of new beginnings.
Interestingly, January wasn’t always the first month of the year. It wasn’t even originally part of the Roman calendar! January was the first month when Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar in 45 BCE. Before this reform, March was the first month of the year.
New Year, New Energy: How to Find Writing Inspiration
It’s a new year, so it’s time to start fresh. If you’re a writer, it’s time to reignite your passion for the written word and rediscover your love of writing. But where do you start? How do you find inspiration when you feel like you’ve lost your way? Here are a few tips to help get you started.
- Read, read, read! The more you read, the more ideas you’ll have for your writing. Reading also helps improve your writing skills by exposing you to different styles and voices. So make a point to read as much as you can in 2021. Whether reading the news, books, or blogs, ensure you get your daily dose of reading.
- Take a walk. Sometimes the best way to find inspiration is to get out of the house and take a walk outdoors. Fresh air and scenery can do wonders for jump-starting your creativity. So, get out and explore nature—you never know what might inspire your next great story!
- Talk to people. One of the best ways to come up with new ideas is to talk to other people—you never know what someone might say that will spark an idea for a new piece of writing. So start a conversation with a friend or colleague and see where it takes you!
- Write down your ideas. Once you’ve started brainstorming, it’s important to write down your ideas, so you don’t forget them! Get a notebook or create a document on your computer where you can jot down any inspiration that comes your way. That way, when you’re ready to start writing, you’ll have a go-to list of ideas to work on.
- Take some time for yourself. Finally, one of the most important things you can do to find new writing energy is to take some time yourself—unplug social media, turn off your email notifications, and relax. This will help clear your mind and allow you to focus on your writing without distractions.