Drabbles are short fiction stories of around 100 words.
While most drabbles need to be exactly 100 words, many use the term loosely for all fiction works that are short (under 1000 words).
The term is often used to describe short works or short casual works as well.
Terms like double drabble and trabble have been coined also to describe 200 word stories and 300 word stories respectively.
While drabbles are written in pretty much any genre, sci-fi and fanfiction have been popular genres for drabbles.
Drabbles are extremely difficult to write well because the writer has to cover a lot of ground with few words.
Imagine the typical story arch with a beginning, rising action, climax, and conclusion. Many drabbles are able to touch on all of those elements, all within the strict word count.
The word limit provides a very creative challenge.
Drabbles are also fun because they can be faster to write and written more frequently.
Some writers on Commaful have told me that they write daily drabbles to test creativity and build the daily habit of writing.
Many readers also enjoy reading drabbles because drabbles are so easy to get into and take little time commitment.
Most novels and stories require readers to put books on a TBR (to be read) list because they can’t immediately read the story,
but drabbles are so fast and easy that people read the stories on the spot and can immediately share feedback and even dream up new ideas.
A number of my novels actually started off as drabbles! People found my drabble concepts so interesting that I took it a step further and fleshed the plot and storyline out.
People started dreaming up ideas and sharing story
Have a drabble to write? Try posting on one of the largest homes of drabbles on the internet.....this site! Haha.