Earlier this year, I subscribed to The Daily Post at WordPress.com after making the commitment (with myself) to post every week.I’ll admit committing to once-a-week posting lets me off the hook on a daily basis. I may modify it to weekly later in the year but I’m not quite ready to that. Yet. I’ll also admit that there are times when I just don’t feel that I have anything “valid” to write. Valid to whom?
Yesterday, Scott’s (@the daily post) post included a time-lapse video of watching a writer write 1000 words. And yes, his article was titled How to Write 1000 Words. Intrigued, I watched the video and read the full article. I thought it might help with Blogger’s Block (which, apparently doesn’t exist. What?!?) I haven’t needed or felt the burning urge to write a book, novel, or short story, I do enjoy writing and have had a diary journal of some sort for most of my adult life either hand written, saved on my computer or somewhere on the web. But I have heard the phrase “you should write a book!” more than a few times. Is that a cosmic sign that I didn’t notice and kept on driving? Don’t we all like to be in the driver’s seat?!
I continued reading and after following my own how-to-write-a-book “paper” trail via Scott Berkun’s blog articles, I’ve been motivated to write. I thought I would just dive right in and choose his suggestion of “Try something harder.” Haiku. I discovered that the standard 5-7-5 that we all learned in English class is a strict guideline that I understand now would be needed to keep all us 6th graders (and up) in line. Here are the results of my motivation:
1. Write down 3 sentences (5-7-5 is ingrained so I kept these short and in semi-Haiku format)
Pain in knees.
All pain gone (or Pain, all gone?)
2. Traditional Haiku uses
- 3-short lines
- 1-season word
- 1-cutting word
- no rhyme or metaphor
- (17 syllables, 5-7-5) This one is just a guideline. Haiku in other languages follow this as an exception rather than a rule.
I revised my Haiku to this:
Cold in knees
But this just wasn’t doing it for me, sigh. On to the next exercise step…
3. Write 40 words for the seasons. Shiki, a Haiku master, listed thousands for each.
Spring: grass, flowers, warm rain, new buds, pastels, tulips, roses, pollen, allergies, new beginnings, birth
Summer: hot, AC, beach, watermelon, coconut, sandals, t-shirts, sunflowers, vacation, weddings, tan lines, brown skin, swimming, lazy
Fall: leaves, autumn, oranges, golds, sunset, sweaters, trees, cool nights, pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie, brisk
Winter: snow, cold, white, jackets, bundled-up, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, boots, hot drinks, soups, Christmas, lights, clouds
Ok, this exercise in imageries really helped. I listed more than 40 and I can almost smell the pie.
My final revision…
Yes. That’s better. And here’s what today’s motivation sparked:
First day of Spring
I like it!! And I’m the only one who has to like it. It has to be valid to me. Lesson learned. But, if someone else likes it, that’s a BIG bonus!