What is a drabble and why are they great for improving your writing?
Drabbles are a form of microfiction that is exactly 100 words. At Fairfield Scribes Microfiction, we've loosened it up a little and consider any fictional short story, creative nonfiction story, or poem from 90 - 110 words.
Drabbles are a great way to focus on a particular technique in story-telling. For example, say you rely too heavily on visual elements in your story telling and decide to try and incorporate the sense of smell into your work more. Writing a short piece (and then submitting it to us at the Fairfield Scribes after you are done of course...) that relies on smell to drive the story forward where you only have 100 words will force you to remove anything extraneous and rely on your new technique.
The thing to remember with drabbles is to focus on one core idea and figure out a limited number of storylines (I try to use one or two usually) to drive your plot.
Sounds easy? Maybe, but it is a challenge to craft a tightly focused story. For example, this post is twice as long as what we would accept for submission at the link below: