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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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"Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car, and started up the road that led toward the north . . . As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long. But the sky was bright, and he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction."

from Stuart Little by E.B. White
Essayist
1899-1985

In a letter to his readers, White had this to say about his stories: "And although my stories are imaginary, I like to think that there is some truth in them, too -- truth about the way people and animals feel and think and act."

Journal Entry: What "truth" do you find in this quote? Describe a time you watched your child dust himself off and take a step in a new direction.


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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This is great ~ one of my aims this year is to spend more time freewriting and journalling, and this is a topic I would never have thought of off my own bat. Looking forward to the future prompts too.
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