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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 this information about the religious beliefs and practices of Americans, based on a survey conducted in 2009 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:

  • Seventy-two percent of those surveyed attend religious services at least a few times a year. Of those, 38 percent attend at least once a week and 34 percent attend once or twice a month.
  • Of those who attend services at least once a week, 39 percent attend at multiple places and 28 percent go to services outside their own faith.
  • Of those in religiously-mixed marriages, 43 percent say they seldom or never attend religious services, twice as many as those who are married to someone of the same faith.

You can read the entire report here.

Journal Entry: Write about your family's religious life. What role does your childhood background play? Your spouse's?

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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