For the first time in a long time, I'm teaching literature. The course is the second semester of freshmen English, with the first semester focusing only on writing. The lit course covers poetry, drama, and fiction (but also includes an evil research paper that the students are very excited about).
I've decided to add a creative writing component to the class, since what's the point in learning about something if you don't learn how to do it yourself. It would be like learning all about what a hammer can do, without ever trying it out for yourself. Sure, you might hit your thumb but hey, at least you tried. And so I started with the basics: the haiku.
Write 30 haiku poems in less than 10 minutes. If you fail, start over.
No, I did not subject my students to this prompt, because that would have been evil. But for all you all fiction writers, this is a good way to loosen up a different part of your writing brain. Get it thinking about a different part of language, especially if you're not a great wordsmith in general. (I'm not.)
A quick haiku reminder: they are three lines, with a pattern of 5-7-5 syllables. Be careful and make sure your syllables are correct. Here's one of mine:
The students complained
So fiercely. College was not
supposed to be hard.