In an attempt to inspire creativity by trying a new activity from time to time, I’ve responded to the haiku challenge for the past 3 weeks.
Writing a piece in 17 syllables of 5-7-5 lines respectively, forces a tight and narrow focus on word choice… economy of words is the name of the game. At the same time, you want to keep it as interesting as possible. I’m sure that anyone is capable of writing a haiku, but if you want a substantial piece, the trick is to avoid the obvious, mundane words that are associated with the given prompt.(Think I’ve a long way to go…) Check out my contribution here, here and here.
So what have I discovered?
1. The keyword is – succinct.
2. Zoom in on the finer details.
3. On one of my haiku pieces, a blogger made the comment: “poetic description of silhouette” – it got me wondering, is there a non-poetic version of the haiku? Prose haiku? Whatever that means…
4. A picture/image-based haiku is more meaningful and definitely more interesting.
5. The seasoned haiku’ers string a few haikus together. Sometimes it links to form a mini-story… very interesting!
I leave you with an amazing interpretation of the prompt “CRAFT” by the talented Becca Givens. I think her haiku (accompanied by a striking and appropriate image), best sums up the creative process involved and what the haiku muse has to achieve in haiku writing.
With seventeen syllables
Muse’s lofty goal
Have a great weekend!