I finished my first week of school!
I already gave my first speech in my communications class and I have decided that taking Creative Writing II was the best school decision I could have ever made.
My writing teacher, Jas (pronounced “jazz”) Obrecht, is fascinating. My Tech Writing adviser had already told me some about him when I told her the classes I was taking. So I was already aware of the fact that he spent many years writing for Guitar Player and interviewing a number of famous rock and blues guitarists. He has a number of them on his personal blog: http://jasobrecht.com/ and he told us the story of his first interview, which also happened to be the first interview Eddie Van Halen ever gave: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/flashback-eddie-van-halens-first-interview/152258.
Among the stories told and introductions given, Jas explained that our first order of business would be the Haiku and 6-Word Memoirs. He professed that less is more. Strip your words down to the essentials. Verbs are key. He told us these two forms of expressing ourselves would illustrate his point.
So I am trying my hand at a few of each…
A Haiku is a Japanese poem with a specific format. Three lines. Five syllables, then seven syllables, then five syllables. 5-7-5. Because of the limited nature of Haiku, they make you choose your wording carefully and state your point in a more succinct and sometimes abstract manner.
Brown eyes. I am a sucker
For my puppy dog.
Azure skin and horns,
Draenei means exile.
Orange, red, gold, and brown.
Leaves cascading, falling down.
The 6-Word Memoir is something that has been going around for sometime now, but surprisingly I have never tried writing one. There are a number on Oprah’s website that we reviewed in class. Though we can tell our life story in thousands of words, telling it in only 6 can be a refreshing change. It can make us view things in a different way. It can make us say things in a different way.
Live for writing. Write for life.
Awaiting the muse is writing’s punchline.
WoW, there is more than gaming.
And now, a Poll…
In closing, I wanted to post a poll. Jas said we can bring in some of our previous work for review in class. I created a list of my shorter pieces, because 1) I will need a copy for each of my classmates and 2) we will have to read it in class. So unfortunately, this leaves out some of my favorite pieces, simply because they are too long for my current purposes.
If you want to read them before choosing (either for the first time or again), here are the links:
- Tiny Dreamer
- A Reunion of Sorts
- In the Shadow, In the Light
- Bounty Hunter
- Beginning in the Middle
- Hunting the Hunters
- Aspect of Warning
Please let me know your thoughts! Or share your own Haiku or 6-Word Memoir. Also, feel free to include short story “write-ins” in the comments, if you prefer. Maybe I can take in a longer piece at a later date.