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Writing Prompt: Literary Reflections

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For each issue of Literary Mama, Literary Reflections shares a writing prompt, inviting our readers to respond. Our editors provide feedback on the responses we receive and we post our favorites on the blog. This month’s writing prompt is inspired by Becki Melchione’s essay, “Making Time for Quiet.”

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In her essay, Becki Melchione talks about creating quiet time for her family beyond the screen of an iPad. She writes of her desire to share creativity, the power of making with her children. “No, my goal is to teach them to enjoy and appreciate the flow that comes when you focus completely on something, to nurture a love of time spent with oneself in a singular pursuit.”

How has parenting shaped a driving passion that you wish to teach your child(ren)? What has surprised you when you modeled your values? What, as Becki writes, do you wish would “no longer be an indulgence, but a part of our routine, my creative output a source of pride, and an example to my daughters"?

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Read Melchione’s essay and submit a 500-word response to this writing prompt by October 4, 2016, for feedback from our editors. Email it to LMreflections (at) literarymama (dot) com and note “September Prompt” in your subject line. Please do not attach the essay, but paste the response in the body of the email.


Whitney Archer is a writer, librarian, and a mother living in northern Virginia. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, AOL, and Salvo Magazine.


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Heather Vrattos is pursuing an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography. She is the mother of three boys, and lives in New York City.

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