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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.

Are you a Power Mom?

These mamas, according to Nielsen Online, are between the ages of 25 and 54 and have at least one child.

A 2009 survey revealed that they make up nearly 20 percent of the online population and control 85 percent of household spending. They use digital applications to stay organized and to get things done, like paying bills, ordering groceries, downloading coupons and planning vacations. They're nearly twice as likely as the average American internet user to provide online advice about parenting and purchasing issues. And, in addition to email, Power Moms use online social networks to connect with families, friends and mom networks and are 35 percent more likely to use text messaging/SMS.

Journal Entry: Write about the time you spend in social media circles, the information you search for and share, and the friendships you've developed. Compare your cyber relationships with your face-to-face relationships, addressing specifically any differences in the levels of trust and value you place in them.

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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