March 2015 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts

 

Selected by Paul David Mena

 

1

oasis (the prompts for this month will begin with the letter “O”; write about your physical or emotional sanctuary, somewhere or something that makes you feel safe)

2

obscure—either describing darkness or something not well known (It will be our little secret . . .)

3

occasion—celebrate the date (one of my musical heroes, Robyn Hitchcock, was born on this date in 1953)

4

odd / oddity—celebrate being different!

5

oeuf—French for “egg” (l’oeuf, or French for “the egg” became “love” in tennis, signifying zero; create something from nothing, and make it even better with eggs)

6

office—that home away from home we all know and love

7

ogre—one could be lurking in your nightmares (write about monsters and other creepy things)

8

Ohio—birthplace of six U.S. presidents and home to the Rock and Roll hall of fame

9

oil—fuel for thought (either the stuff nations fight wars over, or the basis of all good things fried)

10

ojos—Spanish for “eyes”

11

okra—because without it gumbo is just soup . . .

12

olfactory—because the eyes don’t always have it

13

omen—I have a feeling this prompt will result in some interesting haiku

14

onion—there’s nothing to cry about

15

ooh—it can be an exclamation, like “aha!” or “beware the Ides of March”

16

open—it’s the only way you’ll know what’s on the other side

17

Oquendo—a Basque village in Northern Spain, not too far from El Valle de Mena (explore your roots, particularly if they’re Irish!)

18

ore—did you know that “mena” is Spanish for “ore”? (mine the origins of your surname)

19

ostentatious—because everyone has something to boast about

20

otter—ferret out your best haiku

21

oud—a stringed instrument related to the lute (feel free to write about any musical instrument, or music itself)

22

oven—time to cook up some fresh ideas

23

owl—or any raptor

24

oxen—give us something to chew on

25

oye—Spanish for “listen,” because you deserve to be heard

26

oz—particularly if you come from a land down under

27

oak—the tree, furniture, or a baseball bat

28

obtuse—because we can’t all be acute

29

ocean—where life begins, unless you’re on the Titanic

30

odds—feeling lucky?

31

ouevre—a body of work, but we’ll settle for a haiku