How to Create a Haiku in English

I love poetry and believe that if you start writing “good” poetry, it will help you to become a better creative writer. That being said, I also like rules in poetry. There must be some parameters that we follow to create our visual word poems. Otherwise, we are left with words that don’t convey a cohesive feeling or thought.

I’ve had a few questions on how to write the different poetry forms. I thought I would start with the Haiku first because it is one of the most powerful poem structures we have to express deep emotions. The brevity of the structure (5/7/5) causes the poet to choose their words carefully.

Haiku, according to www.edu.pe.ca “…is a Japanese verse in three lines.  Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables, and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem, and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes.”

Not using metaphors or similes is important because it is part of writing a Haiku in English. And, believe me, I am guilty of writing this form incorrectly, too.

Ahapoetry.com explains the difference lies in the number of syllables in Japanese compared to English:

“THE LENGTH AND FORM OF ENGLISH HAIKU”

“Today, many bilingual poets and translators in the mainstream North American haiku scene agree that something in the vicinity of 11 English syllables is a suitable approximation of 17 Japanese syllables, in order to convey about the same amount of information as well as the brevity and the fragmented quality found in Japanese haiku. As to the form, some American poets advocate writing in 3-5-3 syllables or 2-3-2 accented beats. While rigid structuring can be accomplished in 5-7-5 haiku with relative ease due to a greater degree of freedom provided by the extra syllables, such structuring in shorter haiku will have the effect of imposing much more stringent rules on English haiku than on Japanese haiku, thereby severely limiting its potential.”

For all sakes and purposes, writing Haiku in the abbreviated forms above just don’t carry the same impact when written in English. For my poetry challenges, we use the 5/7/5 structure.

Most Haiku are written about nature, but not all. A Haiku should share a moment of awareness (Yes! Mindfulness figures here, too) with the reader. When you read a Haiku, it should convey emotions like peace, mystery, sadness, etc. Always include words that provoke emotions in your readers.

DON’T TELL THE READER HOW YOU FEEL – SHOW THE READER HOW YOU FEEL. Here is a PDF of the Guidelines for Writing Haiku.

HOW I WRITE A HAIKU

The best way to write Haiku is to commune with nature. Get up from the computer, put down your phone, and literally go outside and experience the world.

Photography and art are another way to stimulate your creative writing genes. Many times, I like finding a photograph and letting my mind wander over the image. (Pixabay.com is a great place to find inspirational photos that are part of the public domain and free for commercial use with no attribution required).

I write down everything I see in the picture and use my five senses to record my observations.

Let’s take this image below:

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

Here are my observations about the picture:

Sun breaking through dark clouds

A road to nowhere

A fence to hold something in or out

Dark and light contrasts good and evil – shifting perceptions – changing my attitude

Green grasses stretch to infinity – the unknown?

Heavenly intervention? Expanding awareness

Enchanted by the vision of the light breaking through the clouds – looks magical

Next, I am going to select two of my observations that really hit me emotionally in the gut when I look at the image:

Dark and light contrasts good and evil – shifting perceptions

Heavenly intervention? Expanding awareness.

I play with the words and use thesaurus.com. I run my words through the poetry workshop at How Many Syllables to make sure I have the proper count of syllables: 5/7/5.

Here is what I came up with:

Shifting attitudes –

while your consciousness expands,

enchantment appears.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

There is one more thing I want to bring you attention to. I write my Haiku in English to form two complete sentences:

Shifting attitudes – while your consciousness expands.

While your consciousness expands, enchantment appears.

There are two different things happening in this Haiku. The first two lines are about change, and the very last line lets the reader know that in the midst of change we often find the magic in life. The last line is the pivot. That is where you show an opposite which creates a deeper meaning to your first thoughts.

Ronovan, from RonovanWrites, taught this Haiku writing technique on his blog. Please click the link to visit his blog. He offers a weekly Haiku challenge each Monday if you are interested.

Image credit: Pixabay.com

Spread your writing wings and engage your creative engines by writing some Haiku. Join me every Tuesday on my blog for Poetry Tuesday, where you can share your Haiku, Haibun, or Tanka poetry. Here is a link to this week’s prompt post: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #32 – Lead & Save.

Thanks for stopping by… now back to writing Book 2 of The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Meadow Fairy

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#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Farewell”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself.

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Here’s who joined us last week:

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Unity” – ladyleemanila

Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ The Old-fashioned Way ~ Roald Dahl #WWQW « Just Fooling Around With Bee or The Bee Writes…

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “UNITY” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

Writers Quote Wednesday – UNITY | The Writer Next Door

Writers Quote Wednesday Unity | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday: Unity | thoughts and entanglements

#WQWWC – Unity | imanikingblog

Prayer – New Day | Mother Willow

Haddon Musings

Two on a Rant

Always a Writer

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // John Steinbeck – ZEN AND PI

The Resilience of The Broom – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Here is Ronovan’s post from last week with the theme of unity

Ronovan and I have enjoyed all the creativity that has blossomed from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Many months ago, Ronovan agreed to join me in this challenge to give me a break every other week. I can never thank him enough for his friendship! He added a whole new dimension to the fun!

We have had the best time. However, by mutual agreement, this will be our last quote challenge.

I started this challenge, over two years ago and feel ready for a change. Ronovan and I are both working hard on publishing novels. Our paths are leading us in different directions.

If anyone would like to take this challenge on, please do. If not, #WQWWC will pass into the darkness of the blogosphere.

I haven’t given up on challenges… not yet. In fact, next week, I will host my first TANKA TUESDAY, held at Silver’s Coffee Bar (We have tea, too!) on the blog.

This will be a weekly challenge that you won’t want to miss!

Stop by, grab a seat and enjoy a steaming cup of joe! But be ready… you’ll be writing your own Tanka poems!

I’ll see you all next TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

FOR TANKA TUESDAY


So, here’s the deal. If you want to participate this week, please do, and use the theme of “farewell.” I will still retweet your post and stop by and say hello. If not, take a break, and join me in something new, next week.

The past two years have been amazing. People who joined the quote challenge became my friends. On a weekly basis, we boosted each other up and helped to inspire writers to new levels. I am proud of the time we spent together.

I will miss each of you and hope that you will stop by, and say hello often.

Many hugs,

Ronovan & Silver

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Autumn”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // A. Davida Jane – ZEN AND Π

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Comedy” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

Writers Quote Wednesday Comedy | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge – Comedy | Pearls Before Swine

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy” | The Fiction Café

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Comedy

Laughing to avoid crying | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge – Comedy | Pearls Before Swine (Edit)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Writer’s Challenge – “Comedy” | The Fiction Café (Edit)

Comic relief – WQWWC | a cooking pot and twisted tales (Edit)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday | thoughts and entanglements (Edit)

Haddon Musings

Always a Writer

Crazy Creatives Cheerleading Camp

Two on a Rant

I loved all your quotes about comedy! We need more of that in our world today!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “AUTUMN.”

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!

I know I’m early, and I can’t help it. I am a hopeless romantic! There is something about autumn that speaks to me. I’m not sure if it is the striking colors or the coolness of the season, but I am sucked in every year! The Stanley Horowitz quote above, says it perfectly.

I share with you –

“An Autumn Day”

Dawn begins with

crisp autumn mornings and

dew sparkled grasses

           steam rising

            from the morass swirling –

like thoughts in a cluttered mind.

The afternoon wears a bright blue mantle

on shoulders

reflecting sunlight into cloudless skies.

Leaves with the glowing colors of

amber, red, and ginger orange

spread forth upon the verdant pasture

jewels in a crown for the season.

The late afternoon sun slips

into muted silhouettes

and a misty coolness creeps

into the lateness of the day.

An invitation is sent

to warm our hands and hearts

near cheery bonfire flames.

At dusk, the doves call

their last goodbyes

to the gathering darkness

that swells in the meadow.

Twilight settles

enfolding the shadows

into the blackness

of the night.

Behold the beauty

of an

autumn day.

Are you ready for the best time of the year? Write about it and share your thoughts. Be inspired and share your greatness with us!

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Comedy”

Hey, everybody! It’s time to get your quote selected. Get your creativity groove revved up so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of “COMEDY”

Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us.

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of STRENGTH. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “STRENGTH” (I love it when the pingbacks work)

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Strength” – ladyleemanila

Writers Quote Wednesday Strength | Annette Rochelle Aben

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Strength | Pearls Before Swine

Writers Quote Wednesday – STRENGTH | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Strength

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Sylvia Plath – ZEN AND Π

Your Strength – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, 8/25/2016. – Nagrij writes the hits you never knew existed.

Fragile strength #midnighthaiku #WQWWC | Sue Vincent – Daily Echo

Writer’s Quote: On Defeats & Victories – Randoms by a Random

The Fiction Cafe

Finally a Writer

Two on a Rant

Haddon Musings

There was no denying Bob was having a restless night. He tossed and turned as if it was impossible to find a comfortable place in his bed. He swore there were lumps where there had never been lumps before. He threw the coverlet to the ground next to his side of the bed. The tangled sheets around his legs irritated him. He pulled at them tearing the top sheet from the bed. It fluttered to the floor in a pile near the coverlet. Petie, the family dog, lifted his head and cocked it to one side, wondering what his master’s problem could be this time.

His wife, Betty, rolled over and said, “Good grief, Bob. Settle down. I have work tomorrow.”

With a deep sigh, he rolled to the edge of the bed and swung his legs to the floor. He grabbed the sheet and placed it over his wife’s sleeping form. He watched her steady breathing, envious of how easily she could fall asleep. I wish I could sleep like that.

With a gentle motion, he slipped into the bed next to his wife. She never moved. Her blond hair splayed out covering the pillow. A soft snore escaped her lips.

Bob didn’t remember exactly when the dreams had begun, but the last six months had been hell. He had tried every home remedy there was. Over the counter sleeping pills made him snore. Chamomile tea did nothing for him other than to require him to get up to pee every hour. He tried reading and that made the dreams even more vivid. Counting sheep was a disaster, too.

It seemed that being unemployed had taken away everything from him, even his sense of humor. Now, it was affecting his sleep. He placed the book he had been reading on his nightstand and shut off the light.

In desperation, he rolled over and willed his eyes to close. His mind drifted. Soon, the sounds of his steady breathing signified he had fallen into a deep sleep.

Bob’s dream led him into a mist, so thick it was like pawing your way through cotton wool. The cloud dissipated and he found himself walking along a road lined with golden wheat fields on each side. The hot sun beat down on the undulating wheat shafts. “Where is this place?” he asked out loud.

An immediate response popped into his head. Kansas.

Kansas? Bob had never been to Kansas. He stood on the road pondering the complexity of his location. Far off in the distance, he heard the sound of raucous music playing. His feet moved forward, almost on their own accord, leading him toward the noise.

He walked for what seemed like miles. His steady pace brought him closer and closer toward the music. Finally, he spotted the source of the loud tunes. At the side of the road, right in the middle of the field was a Tiki bar like he had never seen before. The roof was covered with a thick layer of wheat shafts. Dried corn stalks were piled high on each side of the entrance into the bar. The polished wood floors contained a fine coating of sawdust that glistened in the light from a neon sign which flashed,” Karaoke,” in time to Bob’s rapid heart beat. What the…?

Bob stepped inside, careful not to slip on the sawdust. Glancing around, he realized the bartender looked familiar. He had seen that furry face before. It was, Petie, his faithful golden retriever.

“Hi, Bob,” Petie said. “What’ll you have?” He reached over and turned down the volume on the karaoke machine next to the bar.

“Ah…, I’ll have a beer,” he replied astounded at the fact that Petie could talk.

Petie popped the lid on a can of Coors and poured the amber liquid into a glass. A heavy white foam slipped over the edge of the glass. “When did you start drinking beer?” he asked.

Bob shook his head in wonder. When had he started drinking beer? “I don’t know for sure. When did you start talking and tending bar?”

Petie barked in laughter. “Good question, Bob.” The dog wiped up the foam from the bar top. “So, do you know why you’re here?”

Bob scanned the room. It was empty. “Not really.”

Petie panted as his tongue lolled to the side of his mouth. “If you build it, they will come.”

“What did you say?” He took a long drink of his beer. A streak of foam lined the top of his lip.

“If you build it, they will come.” Petie refilled his glass. He was careful to pour the second beer so the foam didn’t spill onto the bar top.

Bob scratched his head. “Build, what?”

“This – a karaoke bar,” Petie said. The dog motioned with his paws. “If you build it, they will come.”

Bob felt the laugh form in his belly. He couldn’t stop himself. He howled with laughter. Tears rolled down his face. “This is the craziest dream, I’ve ever had.” Bob wiped his eyes with his pajama sleeve.

“It would solve your unemployment issue,” Petie replied as he polished a glass with a white cloth.

“True.” He continued to chuckle. What could have prompted this crazy dream? A Karaoke bar? It was something to think about, though. Bob pondered the idea while he finished his beer. He drained the glass and placed it on the bar top.

He awakened with a start. He had to go to the bathroom with an urgency that made him leap from his bed. He sprinted into the bathroom where he relieved himself. He smelled the strange aroma of beer on his breath. Beer? I don’t even like beer.

It was then the foggy remnants of his dream played out in perfect detail in his muddled mind. A karaoke bar?

Bob stumbled back to his bed and sat down. Where on earth had he gotten such a crazy idea? A karaoke bar. He had to smile. In the dim early morning light, his eyes were drawn to the title of the book he had tried to read the night before. In bold print was the title, “Field of Dreams.” With a chuckle, he shook his head and pulled the covers over his shoulder.

Petie shook himself awake with a loud jingle of his tags. The dog wandered over to Bob’s side of the bed and placed his wet nose against his arm. “I know, Petie. If I build it, they will come.” Petie licked his master’s face. Bob smiled into his pillow.

~*~

This short story was inspired by my husband’s dream. The only difference was, there were two Pomeranians who had a karaoke bar in Kansas. Don’t ask! We did have a good laugh over this last night! 😀


& EMBRACE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR! Go ahead… share what comedy means to you! 

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Strength”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!


Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Miracle” #WQWWC – ladyleemanila

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge: Miracle – Judy E Martin

Writers Quote Wednesday – MIRACLE | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Trista Mateer – ZEN AND Π (Edit)

#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Miracle – Ramblings of a Writer

The Miracle Lies In Your Eyes… | a cooking pot and twistedtales

#WQWWC – Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Miracles” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Her Miracle – Jade M.Wong

Haddon Musings

Neel Writes Blog

Always a Writer

Hallelujah – Postcard from a Pigeon

You guys are simply the BEST!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “STRENGTH.” (…or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!


Image credit: Quotesforbros.com

Wikipedia shares:

James Anthony Froude FRSE (/ˈfruːd/ frood[1][2]) (23 April 1818 – 20 October 1894) was an English historiannovelistbiographer, and editor of Fraser’s Magazine. From his upbringing amidst the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement, Froude intended to become a clergyman, but doubts about the doctrines of the Anglican church, published in his scandalous 1849 novel The Nemesis of Faith, drove him to abandon his religious career. Froude turned to writing history, becoming one of the best-known historians of his time for his History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada.[3] Inspired by Thomas Carlyle, Froude’s historical writings were often fiercely polemical, earning him a number of outspoken opponents. Froude continued to be controversial up until his death for his Life of Carlyle, which he published along with personal writings of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. These publications illuminated Carlyle’s often selfish personality, and led to persistent gossip and discussion of the couple’s marital problems.”

When I first saw the quote from James Froude, above, I knew it was meant for me. I think of myself as a dream writer. Seriously, I dream about my characters and then I find I am able to write about them. That is how my Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, was created.

Yup, I thought I had my protagonist, Abby Forester all figured out. Then, I started writing and creating… Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about my character changed. She was transformed and molded by the events that occurred in the story. Her transformation was much like the journey many young people take in life. She had to grow and change from her experiences. Abby had to have the strength of character to move her character forward. Abby’s story is a hero’s journey. The same journey I had to take when writing the novel.

Do you ever think about how much strength it takes to write a novel? We writers have a certain fortitude that helps us complete our journey. It’s not really a question of stopping or starting over – it’s all about continuing. Writing becomes a compulsion and something we find we must do. It’s the simple act of writing down one’s thoughts on paper and telling a story. Simple, right?

Wrong. The second quote by William Zinsser is really about the editing process of a novel writing excursion. For me, the initial writing flowed easily. I was able to create an interesting plot with many twists and turns. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that my writing needed work. It made for some hard reading.

It was at the editing stage where I realized I had issues with grammar. Writing in the third person is hard for me.

Examples.yourdictionary.com says:

Writing in the third person is writing from the third person point of view and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.”

I really beat myself up over that for awhile. I could have given up, but I didn’t. I reached down deep into my gut and told myself that if I wanted to succeed there were only a couple of ways I could move forward. Get help, and go back and relearn some easy grammar basics.

Believe me – this took strength and fortitude. That is the way it is with writing. It is a gift that tests your strength of character. When your reader cannot connect to your words, you know there is an issue. We write to share a story, to make our reader think and engage with us. We allow them to see into our imagination and to walk with us in the world we have created. Writing is engaging with your readers.

Image credit: Slideshare.net

As my editing process comes closer to completion, I realize I have to let my “baby” out into the world. I have to let other people into the world I have created. I only hope I have the courage and strength to hear what others think!

Thanks for stopping by… Tell me what strength means to YOU!

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#WQWWC – Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Miracles”

Hey, everybody! It’s time to get your quote selected. Get your creativity groove revved up so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of “MIRACLES”

Image credit:
Quotesgram.com

Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us. ❤

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of Memories. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “Innocence” – Cue the music…

#WQWWC – Innocence | imanikingblog

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday #Writing Challenge – “Innocence” | Two on a Rant

Writers Quote Wednesday – INNOCENCE | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Lettie Prell – ZEN AND Π

Writer’s Quote on Wednesday Challenge: Innocence
– Judy E. Martin

Innocence is Freedom. #WQWWC – ronovanwrites

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, 8/10/2016. – Nagrij writes the hits you never knew existed.

Chastity breached – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Writer’s Quote: Innocence – Randoms by a Random

The innocence of love | Chasing Life and Finding Dream

Losing Innocence, Keeping Virginity…Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. – bookyglover

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Innocence | Annette Rochelle Aben

Dissolution | new2writing

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Innocence”
– Always a Writer

I was amazed by the wonder-filled discussions we all had about innocence in the comments under our posts. This is the true essence of blogging: sharing thoughts and learning from one another. A true miracle indeed!

Image credit: Quotationof.com

From the inspirational quote above, came the following haiku, called “Miracles appear”

Join me and let’s walk with Gary Cook in the forest of elemental beings…

NOW… Always believe and miracles will happen!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote ‘Thursday’ Writing Challenge – “Believe”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

I lost my head this week and literally thought it was Ronovan’s week! Ah well, what do you do? Thanks for being patient with me. That is what happens when you have fifty things happening all at once.

The best part of this whole situation is it made me realize (again) all the great participants we have who take part in this challenge each week.

So today, I am honored to share Vashti’s post, called “BELIEVE.” I was so taken with her writing and in the selection of her theme, that I would like to thank her by using her theme this week. Thank you, Vashti! ❤

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “HOPE” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Ellen Best 24

Lady Lee Manila

Judy E Martin

The Writer Next Door

Always A Writer

Two on a Rant

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

I Maniking Blog

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Morpeth Road

Daily Echo

Postcard From a Pigeon

Weaving Gold

Randoms by a Random

Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer

WELL DONE!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “BELIEVE.” (belief, or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday (this week it was posted on Thursday), we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

I’ve reused one of my favorite quotes from Roald Dahl about believing in magic. And yes, it is no secret about how much I adore anything magical. But just think about the kind of life you might have if you never believed in anything magical or worse yet, you lost hope…

This rainbow actually appeared during a thunderstorm here in Colorado last month. The definition of the double bands is awe inspiring. I know this rainbow is caused by weather phenomena that involve moisture and sunlight. So, close your eyes and just think for a moment, if you were an ancient human and saw this same sight.

It would be magical! How could you not believe in magic after seeing such an amazing sight?

Believe in rainbows and look for the magic. It’s right there in front of you.

Hugs and see you next week when Ronovan will dazzle you with his talent!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Memories

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate! Woo HOO!

In fact, Ronovan and I will alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Make sure to join us. You never know what we will come up with!

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “BEAUTY” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Two on a Rant

Haddon Musings

Lady Lee Manila

The Writer Next Door

Ramblings of a Writer

Judy E. Martin

Annette Rochelle Aben

Morpeth Road

Indie Adda

Method Two Madness

Postcard from a Pigeon

Daily Echo

New to Writing

From the Sticks to the Bricks & Back Again

Ronovan Writes

I Maniking Blog

Silver Threading

Everybody did such a great job!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you. We thought it would be fun to split the brain power needed each week. All of you get hosts that are reasonably fresh and fun to play with each week, so join in!

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “MEMORIES.”

So what do you do?

You select a quote that inspires you. Then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all using the quote either in your story or as the title of your masterpiece. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote.

Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given to other’s work.

You can use Fotoflexer, Picmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday, we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

BOTTOM LINE: Have fun and be creative!


Magical Memories

(a Haibun and a Haiku)

When browsing through the memories swirling within your mind,

most people often find –

magic is the least understood of the fairy-tale arts.

Fear not! Look deep within your soul –

to remember a time

when enchantment explained the world,

first seen through the eyes of a child.

~*~

Fairies do belong –

In the magic of our hearts,

We run from the truth.

Colleen M. Chesebro

So come on! Join us and share your memories!

P. S. I am going to be doing some heavy duty editing the next few days. If I don’t answer you right away, don’t worry. I will find you. Hugs!! ❤

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writers Challenge – “Faith”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate! Woo HOO!

In fact, Ronovan and I will alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Make sure to join us. You never know what we will come up with!

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… Here are the entries from last week with the theme of “HAPPINESS” (Please click on their name to visit their blog and read their contribution)

Lady Lee Manila

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illness

Judy E Martin

New to Writing

Ellen Best24

Ronovan Writes

Annette Rochelle Aben

Two on a Rant

Magnanimous Word

Method Two Madness

L C W Allingham

Bittersweet Sensations

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

The Writer Next Door

Zen & Pi

Pearls Before Swine

Postcard from a Pigeon

Silverthreading

GREAT JOB EVERYBODY!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you. We thought it would be fun to split the brain power needed each week. All of you get hosts that are reasonably fresh and fun to play with each week, so join in!

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “FAITH.”

So what do you do?

You select a quote that inspires you. Then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all using the quote either in your story or as the title of your masterpiece. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote.

Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given to other’s work.

You can use Fotoflexer,Picmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday, we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

BOTTOM LINE: Have fun and be creative!


Writing a novel is a journey. In my novice status as a writer, I still have much to learn. There are times when I ask myself if I am really good enough to undertake this journey.

Yet, here I am. I refuse to give up. I have to keep faith in myself and my budding abilities. You see, I do believe writing is an inherent gift. Although, I do agree a writer must have some ability with words to even think about embarking upon such a journey. I feel like many of us have the desire and willpower to pursue a writing goal. Even then, I have to ask myself – are we truly good enough?

I marvel at the writers who churn out five or more novels a year. I have read many of these books. Some of them are good, and some are not so good. What is their secret to publishing that many books in a year? A writing team? Lots of money to pay an editor to correct all of their mistakes? Or, is it something else? How about perseverance? I know a little pixie dust or magic certainly helps!

Through all the doubt I have about my own writing abilities, one thing has stood out and become apparent to me. Faith. I do believe the more I write, the better I will become. I also trust in the belief that teaching yourself how to become a better writer is the best course of action. If you are like me, I have to participate in something in order to learn from it. My mistakes are my best teacher.

However, that does not mean you just give up. Faith teaches us to trust in whatever abilities, we have. Sometimes you have to summon every ounce of courage you possess to move forward. Find your confidence. The key is that you do it… write that blog post. Write that short story. Write your novel. Trust that you can do it! And, above all… Keep the faith!

So come ON! Join in and share a quote about faith. I know you can do it!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Happiness”

So, it’s that time again! Time to get your quote selected so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember we have a week so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of:

“HAPPINESS”

Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us.

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of rebirth. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week:

Lady Lee Manila

Two on a Rant

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Ellen Best 24

Shining Seeds

Method Two Madness

Annette Rochelle Aben

Kyrosmagica

LCW Allingham

I Manking Blog

The Writer Next Door

Zen & Pi

The Dragon’s Lair

Postcards from a Pigeon

Jade M Wong

Ronovan Writes

New 2 Writing

Judy E Martin

Meanings & Musings

Here is my contribution for this week on the theme of “happiness.”

Gina and Faberge loved organizing the Silver Falls Children’s Group. They had joined a few years ago and now spent their summers entertaining kids of all ages. Interacting with the kids made both of the girls happy!

Each year the two girls, as team leaders, picked a theme for the summer. Last year it was zombies. The kids loved dressing up and playing like the end of the world had finally come upon them all. All gory and bloody, the kids practiced every day to be the best zombies ever. They got so good that by the end of the summer, they were able to reenact the dancing scene from Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller. Their parents shrieked in delight at their performances during the end of summer bash.

This year the theme for the summer was fairy magic. Faberge stressed to the kids that if they truly believed in fairies, magical events could occur. Of course, many of the kids said they were too old to believe in fairies and magic. Even Gina seemed to have a hard time with this theme.

“Fairies! Magic! Are you kidding me, Faberge?” asked Gina the first day of group. “How are we going to pull this off?” The kids clustered around the two girls listening with their mouths wide open.

Faberge laughed. “Trust me. And besides, are you telling me that you don’t believe in fairies and magic?”

Gina stared at Faberge with a strange look on her face. “You are serious, aren’t you?” she asked, standing with her hands on her hips.

“Of course, I am! Didn’t I tell you the story about my Russian grandmother?”

“No. I don’t think so, at least I don’t remember you telling me about her.” The kids grew quiet and waited for Faberge to begin her grandmother’s story.

“Well,” began Faberge, “My grandmother told me that as a young woman, she never smiled or laughed. My great-grandfather said that he knew how to fix this situation. He decided that whoever could make her smile would be the man who could marry her. Men lined up for miles around and tried to make my grandmother smile, but none was able to.”

“In the heart of town,” Faberge continued, “was an honest but unattractive man who worked hard for his master. When the end of the year came, the master decided to reward the man. He placed a sack of money before the man and encouraged him to take as much as he wanted. This honest man felt funny about taking the money so he politely took only one coin.”

“On his way back from seeing the master, the man decided to get a drink at the well. Unfortunately, he dropped his coin into the well. During the next two years, the same exact thing happened. By the third year, the man drank at the well but this time, he did not lose his coin. Amazingly, the two coins from the past two years floated up to the top. When the man reached down to retrieve the coins he saw a reflection in the well of a tiny fairy smiling and sprinkling fairy dust on his head.” The kids clustered around Faberge and listened in awe as she continued her story. Gina rolled her eyes.

“The unattractive man felt such good fortune and happiness from the coins returning to him that he set off to see the world. When a mouse asked him for a handout, the man gave him one of his coins. The same thing happened with a beetle and a catfish. All three times the man helped the needy animals.”

Faberge smiled at the kids and continued, “In his wanderings, the unattractive man came across my grandmother. She just stared at him. The man was so surprised that such a beautiful woman was looking at him that he fell into the mud. Suddenly, the mouse, the beetle, and the catfish came to help get him out of the mud. My grandmother laughed so hard at their antics. There was mud everywhere. The man and the animals laughed until they cried.”

“When my great-grandfather heard my grandmother laugh, he asked who had been able to make her happy. Grandmother pointed out the man. It was then she noticed that the man was not unattractive at all. He had been transformed into a handsome man. Of course, this was my grandfather,” said Faberge, neatly patting her hair in place. A couple of the girls nearest to Gina stared at each other, their mouths gaping open, eyes round with wonder.

“Grandmother always said that grandfather’s goodness and willingness to make people happy is why the fairy blessed him and made him so handsome!”

Gina belted out a belly laugh that made the kids in the group laugh right along with her. “Your family is nuts!” she said shaking her head.

“Ah, but the story did make you happy, didn’t it?” smirked Faberge. “Never underestimate the power of fairies and magic!” Faberge winked at the kids as they shrieked with joy!

The next day, Gina and Faberge showed up dressed as fairies. The kids were so excited and happy to see the colorful costumes that they chose Faberge’s grandmother’s story as their summer performance for the Silver Falls Children’s Group end of summer bash. It was the highest rated performance of the season. Faberge said of course it was! It all happened because of fairy magic.

~*~

It must be said that I borrowed and adapted this old tale from one my own grandmother told me years ago. I did find the story and you can read it here.

The countdown is on to National Fairy Day, June 24th, 2016.
Watch silverthreading.com for a special tea party post that will
have you all believing in fairies!

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