10 tips to Write a Haiku

Do you also love to read haiku, but feel overwhelmed to start creating them yourself? No worries, we got you covered! Here is our guide with 10 tips to write a Haiku.

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A haiku is a type of poem that originated in Japan. It traditionally consists of three lines, with the first and third lines containing five syllables, and the second line containing seven syllables. The subject of a haiku is often nature, and it often contains a seasonal reference.

To write a haiku, start by choosing a subject that is connected to nature, such as a tree, a flower, or a sunset. Then, think about the season in which the subject is commonly found. This can help give your haiku a sense of time and place.

Next, try to capture the essence of your subject in just a few words. Haiku are known for their brevity, so it’s important to be concise and to choose your words carefully. Consider using metaphors or other figurative language to add depth to your poem.

Once you have the basic structure of your haiku, read it out loud to make sure the syllable count is correct and the words flow smoothly. You may need to make some adjustments to achieve the right balance and rhythm.

Here is an example of a haiku:

Autumn leaves falling
In a swirl of red and gold
Nature’s tapestry

example Haiku

Writing a haiku can be a challenging but rewarding exercise in brevity and creativity. By following the traditional structure and focusing on nature, you can create a beautiful and evocative poem.

10 tips for haiku writing

  1. A haiku is a traditional Japanese poem that is composed of three lines and 17 syllables, typically in a 5-7-5 pattern.
  2. A haiku should focus on a single image or moment in time, and should be written in the present tense.
  3. The subject matter of a haiku is often nature, and the poem should capture the essence of a particular season.
  4. A haiku should be brief and to the point, with no unnecessary words or fluff.
  5. Avoid using abstract concepts or complex vocabulary in your haiku. Simple, concrete words are often the most effective.
  6. A haiku should have a pause or break in the middle of the poem, known as a “cutting word” or “kireji.” This pause can be indicated by punctuation or a word that signals a change in the poem’s direction.
  7. A haiku should use sensory language to engage the reader’s senses and create a vivid image in the mind.
  8. Haiku may be written in the first person, using “I” or “we” to create a sense of intimacy and connection with the reader.
  9. A haiku can be evocative and inspiring and might leave the reader with a sense of wonder or contemplation.
  10. Finally, the best way to improve your haiku writing is to read and study the work of other haiku poets, and to practice writing your own haiku on a regular basis.

We hope that these 10 tips to Write a Haiku will help you in your haiku journey. Please do join our haiku group (in Utrecht as well as online) for more tips and support.