Hampton Roads Writers
This is a five-day exercise that will help you with haiku
Write down the month
Next to the month write another single word that names or indicates some feature of today (sun, rain, moon, clouds, wind, whatever)
Now look out the window, or go outside
Without thinking too much (or at all, if you can manage) write a short description of any detail you see (any thing and/or any action)
Look in another direction. Write a short description of any detail you see (thing and/or action)
Turn your head and write down another detail
Do this at least 7 more times
When you have at least ten little descriptive phrases, none of them longer than a single short sentence, go to a comfortable spot and choose one of your phrases and write part of it on the line immediately beneath the line you wrote when you first started.
Write the rest of your chosen phrase on the line beneath that one
Skip a line
Write down the same month and the same detail of today you used on the first line
Write part of one of the remaining phrases on the next line
Write the rest of that phrase on the following line
Do this until you run out of phrases
This is only an exercise, not a test. Do not pass judgments on yourself, on your performance, or on what you have written. Do the best you can. AND DO NOT EDIT, just write.
shadows stretching all the way
across the lawn
a white car speeding along
the river road
Put this sheet of paper with at least ten little balls of words out of sight. You do not need to think about them at all for a while.
Tomorrow, repeat this exercise. Completely. Don't think.
The day after tomorrow, repeat this exercise. Don't think.
On the fourth day, after you complete your exercise, take out the first sheet and read it several times (three or four is enough), and put it away.
On the fifth day, read the second sheet.
In one week, a single week, just seven days, you will have taught yourself more about haiku than it's possible for anyone else to teach you.
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