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How to Write a Haiku for Beginners

Updated on January 11, 2012

Getting Started

To first start out on your journey of writing a good haiku, you need to do some brainstorming. A haiku is a Japanese poem that is generally about nature or anything sensory. Think of something that interests you and write about it in three, fairly short, lines. This will be the outline of your haiku.

Here is the beginning of my haiku:

The rain taps against the roof

Like tap dancers performing above my head

And slowly they fade

Sample Haiku

Writing the Haiku

After you have the general outline of your haiku, you need to adjust it to fit into the guidelines. The first line should be five syllables, the second, seven, and the last, another five. Keep in mind that the lines do not need to rhyme.

I've attached a photo of my own brainstorming and the adjustments I made so it would adhere to the haiku guidelines. Note how I wrote out what I wanted and then crossed out words and rearranged them so that they would have the right amount of syllables and the sound I wanted.

Here is the final version of my haiku:

Rain taps on my roof (5)

Like dancers above my head (7)

And they slowly fade (5)


Now that you have successfully written your haiku, share it under the comments section so that others can see sample haikus and use them as inspiration for writing their own!


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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Many people say haiku should be in 5-7-5 pattern. However, there are people who break rules but still stand out in the crowd. Thanks for this basic tutorial. I did not know you about your interest in haiku until I read this hub.

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      Lilly 5 years ago from Denmark

      This is a very good and simple guide to Haiku-writing.

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      B Noelle 6 years ago

      Why thank you Hunbbel Meer! It's so nice to hear your thoughts about my haiku and my hub. I too consider myself a writer and am always grateful for other writers' feedback. Thanks for taking the time to comment! =].

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      B Noelle 6 years ago

      Thank you so much tillsontitan! It's always nice to be reassured. I appreciate your feedback and your vote up! =].

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      A very comprehensive and equally simple lesson. Thumbs up.

      Haiku perfectly reflects the amazing Japanese culture.

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      You outlined haiku beautifully and the illustration of your writing couldn't be clearer! I was looking for more! Voted up and useful.

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      B Noelle 6 years ago

      Thank you! =].

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      B Noelle 6 years ago

      Thanks! =].

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      B Noelle 6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed your poem as well! =].

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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      I love learning how to write haiku although I'm not good at it. I write a lot of sensual haiku most I could not publish. This was my first one:

      Cinnamon skin I taste

      Two soft pillow made mountain

      I nibble

      Its not the best but I think I'll get better if I practice. I'll bookmark your hub for personal reference.

      I vote up, useful and interesting. Thanks for the info!

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      chrisam01 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

      This is great brainstorming and writing advice. And the haiku is awesome!

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great, simple lesson followed by a beautiful haiku. I've thought about writing my own. Will work on it. Sharing this hub! Voted up and others!