Lockdown Adventures: Creative Writing

Our reporter Gill James has been keeping herself busy with creative writing exercises during lockdown and wants you to join in with our new series Lockdown Adventures!

Over the next few weeks, there will be a different creative writing challenge set that can easily be done at home with just pen and paper or if you prefer straight on to your tablet or computer screen.

And we would love to see your work, so send us an email to [email protected] and we’ll publish them on our news site.

The first challenge is:

Collecting Words and Making Haikus

A haiku is a special poem form that has five sounds in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. There is sort of a pause between the second line and the third line, a sort of dramatic difference. But don’t worry about being too exact. It’s fun counting the sounds and trying to get them exactly right. In the end, though, it has to be about what sounds right.

You can use a place you remember, something you can see, or perhaps an old photograph. Just looking out of your window can be effective.

First of all, write down as many words as you can think of to do with your chosen place or photo. Then arrange them into lines. You may want to add a few extra words to join the ideas together.

Gill said: “I chose a photo of her grandparents’ greengrocer’s shop, and I looked out of my window at my garden for my two haikus.”

This is Gill’s contribution for inspiration:

My grandparents’ shop

Words noted down

Chickens with heads on, grandfather in white apron and tie, Mum hanging on to Grandma, boxes of potatoes, beans in baskets, old pennies, 103, leeks bigger than ever, black boots,  bunches of bananas, abundance.


For beans in baskets

For bananas in bunches

Pay in old pennies   

Note, with the words collected Gill could make up several other haikus.)


Words noted down

Red stone wall, bird-feeder, new pink bush, big Buddha, little Buddha, robin, squirrel stealing nuts, scrape of garden furniture, tags on new plants.


Squirrel stealing nuts

From robin on bird-feeder

Buddhas watching wisely.

Again there is more  material for several haikus

Gill added: “What is great about Haikus is that you can play around with them until you get one that you really like. Could you make this into to a greetings card for someone? Perhaps you could combine your best haiku with a picture or photo. I will look forward to seeing your contributions.”


  1. I had a go, to show willing, Gill! It’s something that was going through my mind last night:

    Ive parachuted,
    bungeed, rallied, jet skied – but
    In dreams I can walk.


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