People write for a million different reasons, but whatever is written it always tells a story, thus we are all storytellers. Creative writing challenges, whether your first novel or a 3 line poem, help individuals push their writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and writing styles. With this thought we present House Haiku, a creative writing challenge to make you think during lockdown!
Haikus are a great icebreaker activity for larger writing projects. The short form, combined with simple line and syllable constraints, helps work your mind in a new way, as you embrace the use of concise language in a bid to create clear, vivid imagery. A traditional haiku has 17 syllables or “sound units” known as morae. The syllables are broken into three lines, where the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the final line has five syllables creating the well known 5,7,5 structure.
While traditional haikus tend to focus on things found in nature we wanted to challenge you further. Museum Makers would like you to write us a haiku themed around your house Whilst in lockdown we have all had to spend more time than ever before in our homes. How has this made you feel about your house? What does your home means to you. With the vivid imagery and strong emotional reactions haikus can generate, this challenge is sure to connect the community together even though we are apart.
We can't wait to read your writing!
WHY GET INVOLVED?
A great activity during lockdown, particularly for those that are shielding or in isolation
An expressive and creative output for your thoughts
Inspire us and others with your imagination and creativity
Enhance your knowledge of a new writing form or learn a new skill if haikus are entirely new to you
Inspire others to pick up a pen and paper and write
Have the chance for your work to be published in our 'Memories of Lockdown' publication
Just for fun
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Step 1: Sign into your Museum Maker account or sign up here
Step 2: Accept the challenge so we know youre supporting us
Step 3: Pick up a pen or pencil and let your creative words flow, inspired by your thoughts of home and your house
Step 4: Send your piece to the museum makers team here so we can enjoy it too.
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