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.