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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.


Kids Cook


Do your kids help you in the kitchen? Here are my kids’ favorite recipes as told to their Kindergarten teacher:

Pumpkin Pie

This is my mom and grandma’s recipe. Put a lot of dough into a pan. Flatten it by rolling it with your fingers. Put the dough into the pan. Add 1 can of pumpkin mix. Add 3 sprinkles of sugar. Maybe you could put some brown sugar on it too. Cook the pie for 1 minute at 1 degree. White milk is good to drink with this recipe.

Pumpkin Pie

Buy one pumpkin at the store. Cook it in a big pot for one hour. Then take the seeds out. Put a little sugar with the pumpkin and4 spoons of cinnamon. Mix it together in a bowl until the time goes off. Pour the pumpkin stuff into a crust and bake it in the oven for a catrillion minutes. I like to drink milk with my pie.

Mashed Potatoes

Buy a lot of potatoes if you plan for your friends to come over. Take 12 potatoes out of the bag. Wash them in cold water. Slice the potatoes. Get all your other food ready. Then take a gray fork and mash the potatoes. If a potato falls on the floor, wash a new one. When they are mashed, add butter. I like to eat turkey with these potatoes.

Journal Entry: Ask your child to describe a meal. What ingredients are needed for each dish? How are the dishes prepared? Write each recipe exactly as your child dictates it.


Do YOU have a writing prompt to share with Literary Mama readers? Send your 150- to 300-word narrative and associated writing prompt to lmblogeditor (at) literarymama (dot) com. We'd love to read your ideas!

Karna Converse 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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