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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.

Also: Every three months, I'll accept submissions and choose a few pieces to post for LM readers to enjoy.

In recognition of Memorial Day, we salute the men and women who died while serving in the American military:

American Revolution, 1775-1783
War of 1812, 1812-1815
Mexican-American War, 1846-1848
Civil War, 1861-1865
Spanish-American War, 1898
World War I, 1914-1918
World War II, 1939-1945
Korean War, 1950-1953
Vietnam War, 1954-1975
Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991
War in Afghanistan, 2001-present
War in Iraq, 2003-present

Journal Entry: How do you respond to your child's questions of "What's war?" "What does a soldier do?" and "Why is the flag only halfway up the flagpole?" How does your response change based on the child's age?

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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