NaHaiWriMo

I hesitate to write this as I have been able to write at least one haiku every day so far during NaHaiWriMo, and I am afraid this may jinx me.

For those unfamiliar with the created word/term, NaHaiWriMo, it is the month-long writing event to write a haiku every day during February. It is not unlike the November event in which writers attempt to write a novel in thirty days. Now, I don’t quite feel disciplined enough to pen a novel, but I do write haiku.

For some people, writing haiku comes easily; for me, it can be a struggle. I have to experience a moment that becomes a haiku. Something must trigger a haiku for me. For example, a sight, a sound, an event, and lately I haven’t quite felt, noticed, or experienced anything to trigger my muse to write. And then I have to think about it, work it out, often with various iterations of the same haiku.

Yet, so far, it has seemed relatively easy. Now, not all of the haiku are fantastic, but a few of them I am really proud of and they may even be worthy of submission to various journals. (Acceptance is a whole other thing though.)

With a little more than a week to go, will I complete the challenge? I hope so, and I certainly appreciate the Ohio Haiku group, which has supportive members who celebrate achievements as well as offer constructive criticism to improve the craft.

Changing gears here, I am privileged to be typing/keyboarding in a debut novel (manuscript) for a friend and fellow member of our local writers group. It was our writers group that gave him the confidence and encouragement to write it. Coincidentally, he is both a reporter for a local paper and a blogger. As a reporter, he actually gets paid to write (unlike most of us)!

(BP): One other note: I am pleased to announce that one of my haiku was chosen to be published from my submission to the Golden Triangle Haiku Contest 2018. A placard of it and placards of all the other people’s winning haiku will be installed in the Golden Triangle area of Washington, D.C. during the month of March. If you are going to be in the D.C. area during March, check them all out as there are some excellent haiku about spring.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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7 Responses to NaHaiWriMo

  1. Jules says:

    How wonderful to be recognized. And in a public place! Best to you – big hugs!!!

    We all write differently and as you say not all are gems. Keep writing and fulfill your goal.
    Sometime this month I’ll have a piece over at Pure Haiku about the ocean, without using the prompt word.

    I’ve been doing some mixed verse this month, but today was just a haiku.
    Turns out the snowdrops were right on time…
    milk flower

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    • Thank you, JP. It does feel good to be publicly acknowledged. For so long, I have felt as if my haiku didn’t measure up. I certainly have been told by some people how I should study the form because I obviously didn’t understand it. Like you, I write for myself and my sensibilities. If someone else like my words, so much the better. I will be looking for your haiku. I follow Pure Haiku now so I get their feed. Will check out milk flower next. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        I’ve also been told once or twice that I wasn’t up to ‘form’ for societies. So I just don’t bother with them 😉

        American Japanese haiku style is really not comparable to Japanese traditional haiku so why make more rules than are necessary. I for one do not use Kigo words. And that’s a big do for ‘Societies’.

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  2. Congratulations, Nan! Wonderful news! 🙂

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  3. vhosking says:

    I enjoy writing satirical haiku and most of those are easy as I do find it’s true an American sentence naturally flows at 17 syllables. But when a write “true” haiku, I also find it a struggle to paint the image I want and have it flow nicely.

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    • Trust me, I do, too. I think all people who write haiku are constantly honing their haiku to make them better. There are few haiku that I am happy with the first attempt. I revise, revise, revise, and sometimes they are just not good haiku. I have recently learned to let go of the syllable counts and just try to get the two halves to flow together. Usually, they work better.

      I wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors. ~nan

      By the way, I write plenty of satirical-like haiku, and those are the ones that often get chosen for publication. Go figure.

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