December 2013 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts


Selected by Deborah P Kolodji

1

Arc. For the first week of December, geometry is my muse. Each day this week will be a different shape. Although you could use the name of the shape, it might be fun to think of things with the shape. For example, for the first prompt of “arc,” you could write about a fly ball, a fisherman’s cast, a skipping stone.

2

Square.

3

Line.

4

Triangle.

5

Cylinder.

6

Prism.

7

Diamond.

8

Force. For the next week, physics will be my muse. I am hoping that you’ll take the prompts and let them go anywhere they take you. For the prompt of “force,” this could be any type of force, from your baby’s first kick to a rocket launch. It could be a rock skipping into a lake, a hammer of a carpenter, a horse pulling a wagon, your son pushing the lawn mower. It could be war or a march for peace. It could be your dog ripping the quilt batting out of the quilt. It could be the wind tugging at your hair, a beater making whipping cream, a child on a swing set, a bat hitting a ball, your finger pushing the embroidery needle, the comb in your hair, an electric toothbrush. It could be an art movement, a political figure, a hurricane, falling rain, the ocean, a mother’s love.

9

Mass.

10

Acceleration.

11

Resistance.

12

Inertia.

13

Light (although keeping with my physics theme for the week, as a nod to my Swedish heritage, I timed “light” to be the prompt for St. Lucia’s Day).

14

North pole.

15

Organ. The inspiration for this week’s prompts comes from biology. And because I’m hearing Handel in my head as I type this, today’s prompt is organ.

16

Egg.

17

Cell.

18

Virus.

19

Tissue.

20

Muscles (or mussels).

21

For the last day of biology week, the prompt is reindeer. However, because December 21 is the 2013 winter solstice, as a prelude to the upcoming astronomy prompts, a secondary prompt choice for the 21st is solstice.

22

Dust. We are going to have a six-day week of astronomy-inspired prompts.

23

Spots (inspired by sunspots, but any type of spot).

24

Ice (inspired by comets but you can write about any type of ice—celestial or the more earthbound variety).

25

Star. You saw this one coming, didn’t you? It can be about “the star” or any star.

26

Moon.

27

Dark matter.

28

Density. We’re going to finish this month of math and science–inspired prompts with a four-day “week” of prompts inspired by chemistry.

29

Heat.

30

Equilibrium.

31

Element.