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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.

Dear Ellen,

Last night, you asked it if was hard to be a mom. At that particular time, I was rushing to get dinner on the table, one ear tuned in to you, the other tuned into the argument that was brewing between your brothers in the basement.

I sighed and hurriedly answered, "Yes, sometimes it is, but it's all worth it. Now go find something to do."

My answer was rushed a bit flippant, but you were satisfied.

"Good," you said, "cause I want to be a mom when I grow up." Then, with a big smile, you skipped off to join the noise in the basement.

After you went to bed, I thought a bit more about your question and my answers. And yes, being a mom is hard work. In fact, sometimes it's downright difficult. ...

If you're interested, you can read the rest of my letter in Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschoolers Soul (2006).

Journal Entry: Write a letter to your child. Is it hard to be a mom?

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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