I came across this article when I was doing research on creativity. The project resonated with me for a variety of reasons. 1) I am obsessed with challenges and long term projects. 2) I have been looking for a writing project and three lines every day seemed manageable. 3) The author experienced extremely positive effects from the project and I was intrigued. 4) I have wanted to dip my toes back into the poetry writing pool. Again three lines seemed doable. I posted a link to the article on Facebook to see if anyone wanted to embark on the journey with me. I was excited that a few people said yes. I haven’t missed a day since I started. You can join in here.
What I love about it so far?
- I found a great on-line syllable counter that helps ease the burden of staying true to the 5-7-5 format.
- I love writing with the beautiful fountain pen my husband bought me for Christmas on the fun fancy paper. It forces me to write with intention and to think about what I want to say before actually putting pen to paper. There are no massive revisions. It’s one and done.
- I made the decision to only focus on positive and surprisingly the lines come easily.
- I love using Adobe Spark to create a simple visual for sharing on social media for FREE.
- My brain has started thinking in Haiku format.
- One thing the article made clear was that any topic was acceptable as long as it was positively slanted. Thus far I have written about my morning walks, a bike ride, chocolate peanut butter cookies and Memorial Day heroes. The topics come easily and the lines are conversational.
I have no idea how long I will go. The original article was based on writing every day for a week. I hit that marker today. I can’t see stopping any time soon. It’s flexing a different part of my brain and the muscles like it. I really encourage everyone to give it a try. Or at least check out my page where I share mine.