Here at Health and Wellness PLR, we (and by we, I mean I) love journaling. That shouldn’t come as a surprise if you have spent more than 30 seconds browsing my PLR store. Journaling is somehow incorporated in almost all my packages, and that’s for a very good reason – journaling works.
Writing in a journal is a therapeutic, cathartic, and often eye-opening experience. It is something everyone can benefit from, is accessible and easy to do, and is the perfect self-care activity.
I also happen to love journal prompts, which is what we’re talking about today.
In many of my PLR packages, I provide journal prompts either alone, in a workbook, or with a printable and editable journal.
The reason I love to include journal prompts is because they are so helpful and versatile. There are so many options for ways to include them in the products and content you offer to your audience, plus people love them!
But it dawned on me that I never really explained why I include them, why people like using them, and ways you can use them in your products.
So, here is a rundown on what journal prompts and workbooks are, and what exactly you can do with them.
What are Journal Prompts?
Journal prompts are simply writing prompts that give people an idea of what to write about in their journal. Each journal prompt is about a specific topic, often in the form of a question or statement. They provide a super easy way for beginners to know what to write about and gain more clarity than they would have just writing stream of consciousness style.
Example #1: Do you have a 10-year plan?
Example #2: List 5 things you are grateful for today.
Example #3: What is something you regret that you have a hard time moving on from?
Benefits of Providing Journal Prompts
The main reason people love journal prompts is because it gives them an area to focus on when they are journaling. Many people shy away from journaling simply because they don’t know what to write about. But this isn’t the only reason to offer journal prompts. Here are some other benefits:
Keep Beginners on Track – When you are encouraging journaling for people who have never really written in a journal before, writing prompts are crucial. It can often be difficult for new journalers to be motivated every day to write, but with prompts, it becomes much easier to do.
They are Extremely Versatile – You have TONS of options for not only providing journaling prompts, but when it comes to how you offer them, and what your audience can do with them.
Stay Aligned with the Journaling Topic – If you are talking to your readers or list about journaling for a specific reason, like personal development or eating healthier, journal prompts help to keep them focused on the topic.
Ways You Can Offer Journal Prompts
Ok, but how do you actually give them to your audience? Not to worry, this part is super easy.
Include them in Blog Posts – An easy way to share journal prompts with your audience is right on your blog. You can include all the prompts in one blog post, break them up where you have a series about a specific topic, with a few blog posts in each part of the series, or have one prompt given to your readers at the end of each blog post.
Use them as an Opt-in – If you want to get more people on your email list, why not offer the journal prompts as a bonus for signing up? You can give them as-is, or use them in a workbook like my Journaling for Self-Care PLR package has.
Include in Packages Related to Journaling – Another way to use journal prompts is to include them as another element offered in products or courses you sell to your audience. Maybe you have a course about using journaling for anxiety, and you use some journal prompts about anxiety in the package to give examples and writing prompts.
Tips for Editing and Customizing Prompts
Journal prompts can be edited or customized in the same way you would edit any other PLR. Meaning, you can do as much or as little as you want. Here are some options:
Leave Them As-Is – There is nothing wrong with just leaving the journal prompts as you receive them. It’s a good idea to read through them in case you want to make any tweaks, but they don’t need to be customized at all if you don’t have the time or inclination.
Combine with Other Prompts – You might also want to mix and match journal prompts you get. If you are releasing a package on journaling, you can use some prompts about self-care, some about journaling, and some about personal development, and they would all apply.
Customize in Your Voice – Since journal prompts are short questions or statements, not much customizing needs to be done. But you may want to adjust words here and there to put them in your own voice.
What are Workbooks?
When I started Health & Wellness PLR, I knew I wanted to provide a variety of different content. Not just written content, though that is admittedly my strongest skill, but also other forms of premade content you can use for your audience.
More recently, something I have started to add to many products in the PLR store are workbooks. My workbooks are created from the journal prompts I include in the same prewritten content packages, which gives you another option for how to deliver your prompts to your audience.
Here are a few packages that include journal prompts and workbooks so you know what I’m talking about:
About My Workbooks
- My workbooks are made from the journal prompts.
- You can edit, customize, and reformat the workbooks in Microsoft Word.
- They make it easy for people to print and use journal prompts in a workbook-like format.
What Do You Get with a Workbook?
A common question I get is what exactly does a workbook look like and what does it include? As I mentioned, they are made from the journal prompts.
I put them together in Microsoft Word, where under each writing prompt, they get lines or numbered bullet points to fill out the information under the prompt.
You can go through the workbook to customize it or reformat anything you want, then convert it to PDF to have your audience print it and fill it out.
Here is a screenshot of a few pages from my most recent Self-Care Workbook:
Why Provide Workbooks to Your Audience?
I like workbooks because they provide a super easy way to give journal prompts to your audience. If you want them to have something they can print out, instead of writing the prompts in their own journal, workbooks work great.
Workbooks are easy to customize. Since they come in Word, which everyone has access to, you can easily edit everything about them. The formatting, font, colors, the prompts themselves, adding images, and so much more.
Beginners love workbooks. When you give journal or writing prompts in this type of workbook (or printable journal format), people who are not accustomed to journaling tend to be more willing to give it a try. It is much easier for new writers to fill out questions as opposed to seeing a blank page in their journal.
I hope this helped to answer some of your questions about journal prompts and workbooks! You can head over to my PLR Store Here to see more packages not just with journal prompts, but 200+ packages about health and wellness.