20 Fabulous Fall Journal Prompts: Get Creative and Reflective

Fall is such a beautiful season — and it’s the perfect time to start getting into journaling. A fall journal is a wonderful way to get in touch with your innermost thoughts and feelings. It can also be used as a tool for reflection and future planning. This post will cover some great fall journal prompts that will jumpstart your thinking process as you journal!

Having plenty of prompts is a writer’s dream, so I’m very happy to add these autumn journal prompts to my collection of over 1000 journal writing prompts that are perfect writing inspiration.

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Why Fall Journal Prompts Are Important

Fall is the perfect season for reflection and introspection. There is something so calming about sitting on a bench watching the brightly colored leaves as they float from the trees. We can use these serene moments for reflection during this period of transition into winter. Journals allow us an outlet for the thoughts we have as we reflect.

I love fall journal prompts because they allow me the opportunity to reflect on the season and how I could use it as an inspiration for my life in the winter months ahead. I believe that during the fall months, we can reflect on our achievements of the year — and we can also take time to explore those places where we still have room to change and grow during the rest of the year. 

Some people find journaling to be a way of keeping track of their thoughts and feelings. Others use it as a form of self-expression, or as an outlet for creativity. For whatever reason you choose to journal, the fall is a great time to get started because there are many creative prompts that can help inspire new content each day. 

Journaling can be very therapeutic; it helps you get rid of stress and clear your head. It also lets you think things over without interruptions from the outside world.

Thoughtful and Fun Fall Journal Writing Prompts

1. Write about how fall impacts you personally. What are some things that make this time of year special and meaningful for you? 

2. How has this time of year changed for you from when you were young to now?

3. If you could change one thing about autumn, what would it be and why?

4. How about the beauty of the season itself? What are your favorite ways that nature creates a beautiful display? Where do you go to experience the beauty of autumn?

5. What are some traditions you have or things you’ve done throughout your life that are associated with fall? What do they mean to you? What are some new traditions you would like to begin?

6. What are some activities that can boost your mood during autumn and why do they work?

7. Think about the food and drinks we associate with autumn — hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, cider doughnuts, and the like. What are some of your favorite fall foods? Why do they hold such a place in your heart?

8. What are some things you associate with the end of summer and beginning of fall? How is this transitional time different from other times of year for you?

9. What is your favorite fall-related morning activity? Why do you like it so much?

Woman in patterned scarf and sweater sitting in autumn sunlight while holding coffee mug and reading through a fall journal.

10. What is your favorite fall-related evening activity? Why do you like it so much?

11. Spend a few minutes reflecting on what you want from this upcoming season: What do you want to let go of? What do you hope will stay? What can you do to make these ‘wants’ and ‘hopes’ become reality?

12. How can you adjust your diet to protect yourself from illness in the fall? 

13. Do you have any rituals or habits that help increase your productivity during autumn? Why do these help?

14. What fall activity do you dread the most and why? What can you do to minimize your involvement this year?

15. In the midst of riotous color shows, other things we see and do during autumn can be very subtle. What are some subtle things that you like about fall?

16. If you could describe autumn in one sentence, what would it be?

17. People often feel deeply emotional during this season. Talk about why you think this is the case. How does it affect you? 

18. What is your favorite quote about this time of year? What does it mean to you?

19. If there were a way for you to bring more fall into one simple activity, what would it be and why?

20. What are some healthy and enjoyable activities you can do to de-stress during this time of year?

Like these prompts? Get them in written-for-you journal prompt page format — along with 25 MORE autumn-inspired journal prompts — in a beautiful, printable 56-page fall journal. Click here to see all the fall journal details and get your journal today.

Partial layout of fall journaling pages from Filling the Jars on peach background.

Tips for Journaling During the Autumn Season

The fall season often brings on new beginnings of various kinds. It’s the perfect time to explore change, growth, and self-reflection.

Journaling is often challenging because it requires that we spend dedicated time for ourselves each day. One way to make this easier is by setting some intentions before our writing sessions so we know what to expect from ourselves and honor the time we have set aside for journaling.

What is your motivation for journaling? Are you writing as an artistic outlet, to process emotions, to plan for the future, or something else entirely? These intentions can drive how you approach the experience of creating and maintaining a journal.

Another general intention should be to explore your writing with an open mind. We can’t think or write effectively if we’re trying too hard to make something happen. Relax, and don’t try to always write the ‘correct’ journal response. Remembering this frees us from writer’s block and keeps us writing!

The act of writing is meditative by nature. Each day we take some time out of our busy lives and slow down to reflect on a journal prompt — and delve into our creativity or get our overwhelming thoughts out of our head. 

Practicing this on a regular basis can help reduce stress levels during this season when the year begins to wind down, yet we often feel busier than ever.

Woman in fall clothing and gloves sitting on bench and holding yellow leaves and notebook for writing fall journal prompts.

How to Structure Your Journal Prompt Responses

Journaling is a way of self-exploration; it helps you get to know yourself and your feelings better. To journal, all you need is pen and paper — you don’t even have to be able to write well! Your brain doesn’t have to judge anything that comes out. It’s a safe haven for you to express whatever comes into your mind.

Journaling is a great way to get clear about what’s going on with our lives, but it can be hard if you don’t have an idea of how to structure journal responses. 

First of all… always remember there are NO rules when it comes to journaling!

It should also be noted that a journal is not the same thing as a diary. Therefore, don’t feel obligated to confine yourself to personal thoughts and experiences. 

That said, I know some of us prefer to have general guidelines, especially if journaling isn’t something you’re used to doing or you’re new at it. So here are four different ideas you might like:  

  • Make it into a creative exercise, such as using the prompts to create stories from scratch. One of these could turn into a novel you work on all winter.
  • Write all the words that are in your heart and mind, ignoring all grammar and punctuation rules — nobody else needs to see this, so those things don’t really matter!
  • Create a poem or song in response to each prompt. Add doodles or stickers if you want.
  • Write your honest response to each prompt, and end each entry with setting a simple goal and writing a positive affirmation to help you believe you can achieve that simple goal.

But really… this is YOUR journal! Do any or all or none of these things. Use these fall themed journal prompts to completely embrace the season and have your best autumn ever. 

More Journaling and Fall Inspiration

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Favorite Journaling Supplies

Do you need a personalized leather-bound journal (I have this one from Ox and Pine and I love it!), an amazing RocketBook notebook, a special rose-gold pen, a dedicated writing place, and an extra hour every day to think and write?

Those things are great, and they may make your journaling time feel more special, but you don’t necessarily NEED any of them. 

You can write in a regular notebook and use any writing instrument you like — my favorites are Pilot black G-2 pens and Frixion erasable pens in different colors

You can type your journal entries in a Word document or online in Google Docs.

You can even use a voice-to-text app if it’s easier to speak than write.

Use whatever works and inspires you to enjoy your journaling time!

Also available — my printable fall journal with a total of 45 prompts (the ones from this post are included) along with extra writing and planning pages.

Partial layout of fall journaling pages from Filling the Jars on peach background.

Concluding Thoughts on Fall Journaling

It’s time to embrace the changing colors of autumn and get ready for winter with a fall journal! Fall is such a beautiful season that offers so many opportunities to spend quality time in nature, with family, and on our own. 

If you don’t have one yet, now’s the perfect time to start your own fall journal. I hope these fall journal prompts inspire some creative ideas this year! (And don’t forget to check out my winter journal prompts for next season!)

And finally, remember that the purpose of personal journaling is not to impress others but rather to expand your mind and explore different ways of expressing yourself. Have fun with it!

Happy writing! 

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