A National Haiku Writing Month challenge
Last February was the first National Haiku Writing Month (Twitter tag #NaHaiWriMo). The premise was simple—write a new haiku each day of the month. Organizer Michael Dylan Welch offered a variety of web resources, a homepage, a Facebook page, background information and writing prompts. The level of participation was left up to the writer’s taste.
For my level of participation, I chose to number each new poem and post it on the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page daily. This held me to a level of accountability, and gave me instant feedback on my creations in the form of “likes” and “comments.”
The trick to avoid writer’s block is simple, keep writing! It’s only when you prostrate yourself to intangibles like a muse or inspiration that you lose control of your faculties and become prey to insecurities, like “What if I get stuck and can no longer write?”
That’s where NaHaiWriMo comes in. Don’t believe me? Write me in March after you’ve taken part and written a poem each day!
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Well, this should be interesting Michael, but personally, I do not feel that I am up to this
challenge. I write to many genres and forms of poetry. Now, I can write tanka for
example while I let a haiku sit, although, normally I will not write another haiku until the
last haiku is complete: going through the process until it is a product. I have sat on
a haiku for three months thinking of either a kigo or seasonal phrase when the entire
time, it was right in front of me.
Looking forward to seeing you at NaHaiWriMo on Facebook! I love the prompts, I love the poems and I love the community it builds.
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