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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.

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Ken and I decided to keep each of our three pregnancies secret for the first trimester because we knew that was the time period a pregnancy runs the highest risk of miscarriage. During each of those 90-day periods, I dreamed about the changes the addition would bring to our home, what he/she would look like, and whom he/she would remind me of.

But at the end of those three months, I told everyone. My parents told everyone they knew, and Ken's parents told everyone they knew.

It's hard to keep good news secret.

Journal Entry: Write about the first trimester of pregnancy. At what point did you share your news with friends and family? What issues did you take into consideration before spreading the word?


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’s serving as Literary Mama‘s Editor-in-Chief from her home in Storm Lake, Iowa. She and her husband are parents to three young adults.

 


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