A Dozen Tips
for NaHaiWriMo Prompting

The NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook features a daily prompt to help inspire regular haiku writing. This tradition began on Facebook on the very first day of the first NaHaiWriMo event, on February 1, 2011. The community of Facebook writers loved the prompts so much, they asked for them to continue in subsequent months. As a result, the prompts happen year-round, and remain a strong source of haiku inspiration for many hundreds of poets, including on Twitter and elsewhere beyond Facebook. The NaHaiWriMo tradition has been to have a different guest prompter each month. In 2014, we also started having all of the prompts each month begin with letters of the alphabet in order, with words starting with A for all of January 2014, B for February, and so on. We finished with Z in February of 2016. If you are interested in being a prompter, or have been asked to be a prompter, here are some suggestions for you to consider.

We also ask each prompter to respond to a brief set of questions for our “Meet the Prompters” page. You’ll be sent the questions just before your month starts, or shortly thereafter. If you respond to the questions in a week or two, that enables us to post your responses (with a digital photo of yourself) by about the middle of the month. This is a small way to recognize each person who volunteers his or her time as a daily writing prompter for NaHaiWriMo. These interviews also make participation more personal for those who respond to your prompts.

Thank you for volunteering your time as a monthly prompter for NaHaiWriMo. The NaHaiWriMo Facebook page has many hundreds of active participants, so on their behalf I thank you for your inspiration. If you have questions at any time, don’t hesitate to contact Michael Dylan Welch.