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.
In a 1959 interview with Peter Bunzel of Life magazine, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) insisted he didn’t think about a book’s moral when he started writing the story: “Kids can see a moral coming a mile off and they gag at it. But there’s an inherent moral in any story.”
“Except in Green Eggs and Ham,” he said in a 1986 interview with U.S. New & World Report: “People write essays and deliver lectures about the meaning of that book. The only meaning was that Bennett Cerf, my publisher, bet me 50 bucks I couldn’t write a book using only 50 words. I did it to show I could.”
No matter what his intentions, it’s hard not to learn something from the Sneetches, the Lorax, the Yooks and Zooks, the Zax, Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Grinch, and Horton. Each has a story to tell.
But, it’s even harder not to laugh. Remember this one from Fox in Socks?
“When a fox is
in the bottle where
the tweetle beetles battle
with their paddles
in a puddle on a
THIS is what they call …
… a tweetle beetle
noodle poodle bottled
paddled muddled duddled
fox in socks, sir!”
Journal Entry: Create a word. Draw it. Then, list 10 words that rhyme with it. What story does that word want to tell?