In this week’s column I’m looking at how to master the art of writing a drabble. For those that don’t know, a drabble is a 100-word short story. It’s a tough one to get right but there are some great advantages to trying your hand at it. For one, it makes you analyse and look at every single word you use. You only keep what is essential and if you are someone who likes to ramble on in your writing, the drabble will really help. The links I’ve chosen this week, not only explain what the drabble is, they also provide tips and advice on how to get it right. There are plenty of drabble competitions and submission calls out there too so if you find you enjoy writing drabbles you might want to look at these too.
- https://drablr.com/how-to-write-a-drabble – How to Write a Drabble: This useful information post talks about what a drabble is, how to write them, and how to fit everything into so few words. You can also create a free account and read drabbles on this website.
- https://tlrelf.wordpress.com/life-coaching-services/you-know-you-want-to-write-drabbles-heres-how/ – You Know You Want to Write Drabbles – Here’s How!: This post provides the guidelines for writing drabbles and explains exactly what they are as well as providing some examples for you to read.
- http://flashfictiononline.com/main/2015/04/thirteen-tips-for-writing-flash-fiction/ 13 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction: This is an excellent post and the tips can be used for any short fiction piece you plan to write. It discussed removing unnecessary words, picking a key emotion for your story, limiting your scenes, and choosing an effective title.
- http://wivenhoewriters.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-write-drabble.html – How To Write a Drabble by Sue Dawes: In this very short post, Sue Dawes explains what a Drabble is, where the term came from, and what the rules are. She also provides some rather useful tips especially on structure to help you out. The post ends with some story ideas you can use to write your own drabbles.
- https://www.toptensocialmedia.com/tips-for-writing-a-drabble/ – Tips for Writing a Drabble: This post has four tips for anyone looking to write a drabble. It includes information on knowing your limits, the structural engineering for drabbles, whittling down your word count, and how practice makes perfect.
- http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2015/01/three-kinds-of-micro-fiction-drabble-55-Fiction-Twabble.html – Three Kinds of Micro Fiction: The Drabble, 55 Fiction and The Twabble: This post takes things a little further and looks at three different types of micro fiction including the drabble. It also includes an example for each one which is a great way to study them and see exactly how to get a full story told in 100 words.
- https://www.shailajav.in/tips-for-writing-flash-fiction-micro-fiction/ – Ten Simple Tips for Writing Flash Fiction or Micro Fiction: All the tips in this post can be applied to Drabbles or any type of flash fiction you want to write. Tips include using prompts, where to start your story, using a word counter, reducing your word count, adding mystery, and more.
- https://www.writermag.com/improve-your-writing/fiction/best-flash-fiction/ – Expert Tips for Writing the Best Flash Fiction: My last link for this week comes from The Writer and focuses on Flash Fiction as a whole and includes information on writing flash fiction, examples of good and bad flash fiction, and how to submit to magazines. There are comments from editors and publishers which provide some very valuable information. There are also examples of unpublishable work which is sometimes even more valuable.
I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.
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