My Favorite Six Word Stories and Haiku

Inspired by Courtney Symons and Austin Kleon, I decided to try and write a new six word story or haiku for several weeks. Here are my favorites.

Have you ever read a story or a book, saw a painting or a photograph and become inspired? I don’t mean reading an inspirational book or listening to an inspirational speaker and suddenly feeling motivated. I mean experiencing (or reading about) a creative project and then finding inspiration in yourself to tackle a new creative idea kicked off by the one you just experienced/read about?

After reading What I Learned Writing a Haiku Every Day for 100 Days by Courtney Symons, I immediately wanted to start writing my own haiku and post them on Instagram. It felt like a natural creative outlet and one that I could do on a regular basis.

The other bit of inspiration came from Austin Kleon. Among his books is Newspaper Blackout, a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. He uses his newspaper blackout poems as openers for his amazing newsletter.

I combined the two creative ideas for my own newsletter, The Weekly Click. Looking back at my haiku and six word stories, I’m proud of what I’ve put together on a weekly basis. I usually have no idea what I’m going to write before I sit down and start. In fact, I mostly surprise myself each week.

Below are seventeen of my favorites. All of these were created using Notegraphy, uploaded to Instagram and most made into openers for The Weekly Click.


One of the earliest I wrote, this one was inspired by my daughters.
One of the earliest six word stories. These are deceptively simple and incredibly difficult to write..
Obviously inspired by whatever football game I was watching at the time.
I wanted to use the frame style and this is what came out.
This one makes me laugh every time I see it. I’m sure Gene would not approve.
Wrote the lines first and then found the image. I liked the imagery of flashing fake smiles.
Me being clever. I feel like I’ve seen this idea executed before.
You might guess I wrote this one late into the night. You’d be right.
In my personal top five things I’ve ever written. Finding the substitution of morals and morale was like catching fire.
I had this idea for a bit. Needed the weather to cooperate.
An entirely successful haiku. It even references a season.
Unfortunately, I wrote this one ahead of the election in the hopes I wouldn’t have to use it.
This one makes me laugh too. I was probably feeling this sentiment on Thanksgiving.
This image caught my eye on Unsplash. I wrote the haiku around it.
The line “present now future” is what make this one work.
I think it’s obvious I was writing about writing.
The first one of 2017.
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