Scifaiku Best Practices manifesto
Here's my personal list of Best Practices for writing scifaiku (originally posted to the SciFaiku-Ten-Forward list at Yahoo):
- Stay close to pure sense inpressions and you won't go far wrong.
- If you can guess line three from line one, you haven't finished the poem yet.
- It is character building to write two non-space-related ku for every space-related ku.
- It's cheating to have a descriptive title. This is a welcome cheat, however.
- A good followup on the list deserves another. It should try to be shorter than the original, since the first author has already done a lot of the work setting the theme and scene.
- A successful brick (4-3-3-2 syllables in any order) makes you feel as if you just passed one.
- The fraction of insufferably sentimental poems is less than that on some venues I can think of. Keep it that way.
- Triteness comes from the Evil One. The best way to vanquish cliché is to turn it back on itself.
- Don't forget that fantasy and horror can sometimes be accommodated under the scifaiku form.
- Keep your slush pile well stirred. The juxtaposition of two unrelated entries can lead to a decent ku.