Haiku Diem: A Year of Writing Daily Poetry

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Approaching the one year anniversary of his attempt to write one new haiku every day, writer Freeman Ng reflects on how this experiment has blurred his definition of what it means to be a published author.

At some point during the day of July 8, 2011, Freeman Ng (http://www.FreemanNg.net) will write a haiku and post it to his Facebook, Twitter, blog, and email followers.

“What’s so special about that?” you might ask.

The answer is that it will be the 365th consecutive day he’s done this.

July 9th will be the one year anniversary of Haiku Diem (http://www.HaikuDiem.com) a website that started as a simple writing exercise but which has grown into a thoroughly high tech experiment in self-publishing and online community building.

“I began this on a lark,” says Ng. “I wondered how many consecutive days I could keep it up, and thought I might go a month at most. Two things have happened since then. First, the writing has become so ingrained into my daily life that I can’t imagine ever stopping. Second, the growth of my readership has made me rethink how I might be able to get published, and even to rethink what it means to be published in the first place.”

Ng’s readership through the Haiku Diem Facebook page, Twitter feed, blog, and mailing list currently numbers over four thousand and continues to grow, giving him hope for two young adult novels he’s written but hasn’t yet been able to get published. (http://www.PleasePublishJoan.com)

“Some day, I might have to self-publish them, and if that happens, it will be invaluable to have what is essentially a mailing list of thousands of people who love my writing to market them to.”

He’s also planning on self-publishing a collection of the best haiku from this first year of this poetic endeavor.

The success of Haiku Diem has also blurred the idea of what it means to be published in the first place. Every day, more people read Ng’s poetry than might read some novels, or stories published in literary journals.

“A speaker at a writer’s conference once made a distinction between a ‘writer’ and an ‘author’ – that a writer writes for fun, but an author seeks publication. I would change that. I would say that an author is a writer who serves a readership.”

The haiku rustle,
green, yellow, or crisp brown. Look!
Another one falls.

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