Writing Challenges: Inspiration and ideas to spark your creativity every day

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Simplicity, observation, imagination. The time is right for haiku!

  • A short form of poetry adapted from Japanese tradition
  • Often, but not always, based on observations of the natural world, explaining a small moment
  • Consisting of three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables. A syllable generally corresponds to a single vowel sound within a word.
  • Usually focusing on a particular detail, due to their brevity
  • Usually written in the present tense, about the present moment
Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.
- Richard Wright

If you can, find a quiet place where you can sit and observe, uninterrupted. Focus on a tiny detail--a color, a texture, a movement. Explore a few different ways to explain or describe that detail -- in just 17 syllables. Your poem could be strictly literal or imaginatively figurative. Try different angles. Try to pique your reader's senses. (And interest!)
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