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.