Hello there. i'm well into my third week of studying now, as well as freewriting and clustering (aka mind mapping)my course has covered getting into the habit of writing daily. It doesn't matter what you write, the important thing is to get words onto paper. The idea is that among the gibbering there may appear a few gems that can be utilised for a story, poem or suchlike. I've enjoyed writing in my notebook, decorated by the lovely Horace. It's almost half full already and includes ideas for stories, character profiles and daily random thoughts as they occur to me.
Now, you may wonder about my title? Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry consisting of 3 lines with 17 syllables in all. The required format is 5 7 5, IE line one is 5 syllables, line two is 7 syllables and line three should be 5 syllables again. It's a way of expressing thoughts succinctly.
Here's some of my earlier Haiku
Silence from within
Frantic knocking, breaking glass,
Found in final sleep.
At September's end
The sun shines defiantly
Denying autumn's end.
X Factor Haiku
Endless sob stories
Manufactured for TV
Closing the curtains
Snuggling down in the duvet
Shutting out autumn.
Try one, they're fun and not too time consuming. You could always turn several Haiku on the same subject into a longer poem.
This week I've been working on my assignments, I've written a short story, it's a shame I can't share it on here but eventually, when all my work is marked and returned I'll be able to share it all with you.