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For Your Journal: Writing Prompt

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Do you keep a journal - or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.

Three times a month, I'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation - just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.

And who knows? Maybe you'll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you'll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you'll enjoy re-reading it months--and years--down the road.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Consider these results from the 2010 Kids & Family Reading Report conducted by Harrison Group and Scholastic:

  • 71% of parents wish their child would read more books for fun; 75% of kids say they know they should
  • Over half of kids (ages 9-17) say they are interested in reading an eBook, and a third of children ages 9-17 say they would read more books for fun if they had access to eBooks on an electronic device.
  • 6% of parents surveyed owned an e-reader; another 16% are interested in buying one. 83% of these parents say they do, or will, encourage their child to use it.

Industry experts estimate that e-purchases, as a percentage of overall book sales, will be as high as 20-25% by the end of 2012. How will this trend affect your library of children's books?

Journal Entry: Make a list of five books you want your children to experience. Do the books need to be printed and bound? Why or why not?

Karna ConverseĀ is a freelance writer who’s written everything from technical documentation and price proposals to newsletter articles, devotionals, personal profiles and essays. Her essays have been published in a variety of regional and national publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, the Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup anthologies, Our Iowa, and on Iowa Public Radio. She and her husband are parents to three young adults. Karna is a former blog editor, senior editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of Literary Mama.

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Thank you so much! I'm totally going to try this out. I have trouble being persistent enough to keep up with any of the journals I've started throughout my life. :P
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