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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.

How many Michaels and Marys do you know? Each has been the most popular name 44 of the past 100 years. Check out this list from the Social Security Administration.

And the most popular names of 2011?
Jacob, Mason, William, Jayden, Noah, Michael, Ethan, Alexander, Aiden, Daniel
Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Eva, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Mia, Chloe

Journal Entry: List the full names of each member of your immediate family, and write about the significance of the first and middle names. Were names chosen for sound, for family honor, for strength, for pop culture or history? Then, write about a time you saw the name fit the individual's personality.

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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