Drabble Details

Inspired by a missed opportunity and a friend who does something very similar, I’ve challenged myself to write a drabble a day.

What’s a drabble? It’s a story that’s exactly 100 words. For this exercise, we’re going to be playing fast and loose with the definition of “story”, as well as the definition of “day”. A “story” may also be a character sketch, a random observation, or anything else that gets my creative gears turning, since that’s the primary reason for the exercise. Constraining myself to exactly 100 words will prevent this from turning into a glorified moleskin. Weekends are tough and chaotic so I’m giving myself the luxury of a day off. 5 weekday-drabbles and 1 weekend drabble.

My basic guidelines look something like this:

  • One 100 word story each day before bedtime (which may or may not be before midnight)
  • Titles are not factored into word count, but shouldn’t be too long
  • WordPress’s word count tally will be used to determine length
  • A picture may be worth a thousand words, but not when included with the drabble
  • Weeks will typically be “themed” to help with inspiration
  • “Days” will not be themed – at least not yet.
  • No actual writing ahead of time, but notes on ideas are allowed
  • Weeks “start” on Monday>
  • Posts will be tagged with week, theme, and any other interesting keywords and added to the category “Daily Drabbles”

As the weeks progress, this page will include links to the drabbles by week …or maybe I’ll make that a second page. I haven’t decided yet.