May 2013 NaHaiWriMo Writing Prompts


Selected by Alan Summers

1

Asperity.

2

Blue.

3

Curve(s).

4

Den.

5

Echo. From reflection of sound to Greek legend.

6

Found things. Found things can be everything you find in your daily routine, or outside your daily routine, from concrete visual things, to sounds, smells, anything you discover anew.

7

Green; gold; gone (select just one option for a challenge). Green from nature to naïve. Gold—all that glitters is gold or is it? Gone, but not forgotten, memories of past times that still linger.

8

Home.

9

Ignore: Things overlooked first time around.

10

Jacket.

11

Kindnesses (open or concealed). Alternate prompt: Kinetheodolite. A note about Kinetheodolite: A type of device containing a movie camera instead of a telescope and giving continuous film of a moving target. Humans are a bit like that; we both consciously track and observe life in movement, and subconsciously we record everything that we don’t notice consciously. Haiku writers perhaps fall in between this, where we notice more of the small details of daily life, the small things on the periphery of life, the periphery of our visual senses, our eyesight.

12

Lost.

13

Mannerisms.

14

Necessities.

15

Odour(s) and ornaments. One topic or the other, or combine if you’d like. I look forward to this very much.

16

Pet (verb or noun).

17

Quandary or quietude. Quandary: A state of uncertainty or indecision as to what to do in a particular situation. Quietude: The state of being quiet, peaceful, or tranquil (literary).

18

Romance or risk.

19

Spice(s) or stars.

20

Tales or (remarkable) trees.

21

Uniform.

22

Velocity or velour.

23

Weight or waiting.

24

Xeno or x-factor. Xeno: A prefix for anything foreign, strange, different. Please let your imagination and invention find full flight.

25

Yellow.

26

Zeroes, zeniths, or zoos. Zero was invented by the Arabs. In the Arabic notation for numbers, zero stands for the absence of quantity, and so much more, for good or bad.

27

If your name was a haiku what would it be?

28

One-line haiku (use any previous prompts for subject/topic).

29

Your favorite or fantasy sandwich filler or you can simply “sandwich” two amazing images together for a unique haiku experience.

30

Art or artifacts.

31

Flipside/reverse a memory (so it becomes the opposite of a childhood memory or holiday experience (adult or child).