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.
"Mom, you wouldn't say no if I wanted to give you a Christmas present early, would you?" My son has just returned from an evening at the roller-skating rink and is hiding something behind his back.
"Oh, I suppose not..." I let my response trail off. Christmas is still two weeks away, but my eleven-year-old is so eager he can't stand still. Remembering the rink's selection of game-token prizes, I prepare myself for something plastic and gaudy.
"Good. Here. Merry Christmas!" The box he proudly hands me holds a five-inch resin Santa figurine, a "Made in China" sticker on its underside.
"Do you like it? It cost almost 100 tickets, but Jesse gave me some of his. I had to play the fat lady game five times. You should've seen me!" He stops to take a breath and waits for my response.
Though the figurine isn't one I'd purchase for myself, there's an angelic sweetness to it, and I tell him his gift is wonderful, a perfect addition to my nightstand.
"But you didn't need to spend all your money on me," I add, acknowledging the amount of time and money he spent at the game machines.
"Oh, that's okay. I wanted to. I know how much you like Santas." He throws himself into my arms, the excitement of his evening and its secret coming to an end.
Journal Entry: How do you choose gifts for those you love? Do you make lists? Do you window and catalog shop? Is it a hassle, or is it exciting? Then, describe a time you found the perfect gift and presented it. Note the recipient's response when he/she unwrapped it.