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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. Several times a month, we'll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. 


For the past three and a half years Blog Editor Karna Converse has written these For Your Journal blog posts. The series was her inspiration, and she has written about everything from Corduroy the bear, to food safety, to helping her son learn to drive, to childhood pets. Over this time Karna has contributed over 100 journal prompts to the Literary Mama blog- an amazing feat! I am in awe of her ability to come up with new topics and keep the series going.

Through the For Your Journal prompts, writers are reminded that practice, the simple act of writing in a journal, can often inspire new creative ideas and bring us back to our most basic goal- putting pen to paper. Karna’s prompts have done just that, and more. I am sure many of you are grateful for Karna’s prompting efforts. I know I am!

In your journal today, write about someone you know who has done something amazing or inspiring, or someone who has created something awesome.

Or try this… is there a favorite or most inspirational prompt that Karna has offered? Have any of her prompts helped you come up with a great idea, feeling, memory or story?  Write in your journal, but drop us a note here too, and thank Karna for all her prompting.


I will be working on the journal prompts for a while giving Karna a much needed break from them. We continue to welcome your submissions to the series. Send your 150- to 300-word narrative and associated writing prompt to lmblogeditor (at) literarymama (dot) com. We'd love to read your ideas! 

Amanda Jaros is a freelance writer living in Ithaca, NY. Her essay “Blood Mountain” won the 2017 Notes From the Field contest at Flyway Journal. Other work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including, NewfoundLife in the Finger Lakes Magazine, Highlights for Children, and Cargo Literary. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Chatham University.

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