So you want to dabble in a drabble…
Of course you do! But what is a drabble, you say? Well, a “drabble” is defined as a short story containing exactly precisely no more and no fewer than 100 words. It has a title, which can be from 1 to 15 words–but no more than 15. Sounds simple, but getting a full and contained story idea out in just that many words can be difficult and a great deal of fun.
Just make sure you count each word. Hyphenated words, such as tete-a-tete, count as one word, but your word count will count it as more. The word count tool will count elipses, you know, those three periods in a row to represent something more to come… Well, most word count tools count those as words. Some even count dashes as words, which is wrong. Count each word by sight, not by tool. It’s only 100, and is pretty easy, especially if you type out each line and then count the words.
So, that’s really all you need to know to write a drabble. They’re loads of fun and highly entertaining. They’re also a great way to hone your story telling skills to make future writings tighter and smarter. If you want to submit a drabble, simply follow the instructions on the contest pages and good luck!