Nope, it’s not a new snack cracker. A Drabble is a very short story: 100 words exactly, no more, no fewer.
The gang at Drabblecast.org challenge writers to crunch words into the fine powder that reveals the essence of story, and the results will leave you wondering how so much can be shoved into so tight a package.
I gave it a try, and my initial efforts left me growling–literally–with word counts at 99, 101, 98, 102…and no apparent way to add or delete that one or two words that blocked my way to victory. Grrrr…
I stayed red with it, and soon I was dribbling with the big kids. Here are some of my efforts: Bill’s Drabbles. Feel free to give them a read, and please do comment if you feel the urge. You may need to sign up to the Forum in order to access these pieces or comment, but don’t worry; it’s not a spam or newsletter thing. It’s simply to obtain a screen name so you can post or comment.
Once you’ve checked out these pieces, we challenge you to give Drabbles a try. They are addicting.
The goal, however, is not simply to spend your days and nights drabbling; it is to exercise your ability to write as tight as possible by finding the essence of a story. You can always expand these exercises into longer works, if you hit something worthwhile.