UPDATE 10/23/2015 at 4:00pm EST: HAIKUS DON’T HAVE TO RHYME.
Oh, this is gonna be GOOD.
And short. So the deadline is SHORTER
FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!
What is a haiku and why do we want to write one?
To stretch some new writer muscles of course! And because it’ll be fun. Probably. Or at least funny. And since we’re all gonna play, it should be a kick.
So first things first: what the heck is a haiku?
The Japanese invented it, according to Wiki, sometime before they got into the automotive and electronics business. It’s a “poem” (apparently a non-rhyming one) done in a specific pattern of syllables. Don’t ask me why.
17 total syllables in the haiku, done in three lines, 5-7-5 format:
- five syllables in the first line
- seven syllables in the second line
- and five syllables again, in the last line.
Simple, right? And since it’s a poem, it needs to rhyme.
EXAMPLE 1: provided by my friend Allison, who used to teach poetry! I did not know that! She knocked this out in like ten seconds.
Red wine in my glass
Shimmering under the lights
You get me wasted
Is that cool or what? Ten seconds!
(I gave her a random topic of shoes)
White and blue sneakers
Inappropriate for work
Wear them anyway
(To stump her, I gave her a word that’s hard to rhyme: oranges)
Juicy in segments
Tropical citrus delight
Burns my papercut
Okay, they can’t all be winners.
Now, what are we writing this haiku about? Aha, that’s the even more fun part. I don’t know.
You’ll use a random topic generator to decide what your haiku is about.
It should give us some very interesting stuff!
CLICK HERE for your random topic.
Here are THE RULES
- Go to the random topic generator, select it one time, and you HAVE to write a haiku about that. No cheating.
- Post your haiku on your blog.
- Tell your readers what your random topic was so they don’t think you’re having a stroke.
- Reference us on your blog, further clarifying to your readers that you are definitely not having a stroke.
- Post a link to your haiku in the comments section.
- Brag to friends at parties about how versatile a writer you are.
- You have 48 hours from when you read this! LIKE the post so I know you read it and that will start the clock, so to speak. There’s not really a clock. Or a deadline, Jenny.
- Extra points if you do it drunk
GET TO IT!
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.