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Need Inspiration? Motivation Haikus for Writers

If you’re having trouble getting started with your writing today — these haikus might help motivate your creativity. Poise and take a few deep breaths. Read a haiku. Free write and know you can do this!

O snail
Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!
— Kobayashi Issa

Translation for writers: Don’t count the steps or the words, just keep writing. Forward progress wins in the end and finishes books. Finishing books empower you as a writer. Aim high. But go slowly, slowly.

A clear waterfall
Into the ripples
Fall green needles
— Basho

Translation for writers: Are you in love with words? You’re a poet. Love sentences? You’re a novelist. A book is contructed of sentences. A deep appreciation of sentence structure and rhythm within a paragraph and a page will carry you far toward fulfilling the vision you have for your book — whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.

What a strange thing!
To be alive
Beneath cherry blossoms.
— Kobayashi Issa

Translation for writers: Find the wonder in your scene or character. If you’re not a little in awe of the person or event you’re writing, go back to free writing and talk to yourself about what this character or event means to you. Perhaps you need to have that conversation. Rediscover the wonder that originally inspired your idea.