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For Your Journal: YOUR Submissions

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So ... How's your journaling? Would you like to share an entry with LM readers?

Until August 14th, we'll accept responses to the For Your Journal writing prompts posted in April, May, June, and July. We'll offer our feedback on each response privately before the end of the month and post our favorites to the LM Blog. Please email your responses of 400 words or less to lmblogcontact(at)literarymama(dot)com with the words For Your Journal submission in the subject line. Submissions--up to two per person--should be in the text of an email; please do not send attachments. If submitting two responses, please submit in separate emails.

Here's a recap of the writing prompts:

~~ Find a poem that makes you say "That's it!"and use it as a template to write one of your own. Read the entire prompt here.
~~ Write about the challenges of keeping a secret and the consequences of revealing it. Read the entire prompt here.
~~ Choose one story about one ancestor and write what you know. Read the entire prompt here.

~~ Pretend your child is president of the United States. What advice would you share and how would you share it? Read the entire prompt here.
~~ Write about a time your child taught you how to play a game. What was the most important rule? Read the entire prompt here.
~~ 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? Read the entire prompt here.

~~ Name an item you were reluctant to purchase for your family but since doing so, are glad you did. Describe a time your family used this item. Read the entire prompt here.
~~ What made-up words dominate your family conversations? Write a dictionary definition for each one. Then, re-create a scene and conversation in which it was used. Read the entire prompt here.
~~ What makes patriotism "hot" for you and your family? What makes your heart beat faster; what brings your hand to your heart and tears to your eyes? Read the entire prompt here.

~~ What role does marriage play in your family? How do your views compare with those of your parents? Is marriage one of your dreams for your children. Read the entire prompt here.
~~ Describe a time YOU were rewarded for completing a project. How did the reward make you feel about the project? Did it encourage you to do more? Read the entire prompt here.
~~ Write about a time you were in the "passenger seat." What did you learn from your child? Read the entire prompt here.

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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