What Exactly Is Drabble?


What is Drabble?

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Poem? Story? Brain vomit? A snapshot? A representation of a thought, idea, feeling or emotion? An entry point for thought or feeling? Drabble can be all those things. Drabble is a form, not a formula. Just as a haiku or sonnet has rules, so too does drabble.

Words. 100 or fewer.

Drabble is a form that requires concision. But is it even possible to write a good story in fewer than 100 words? Yes, but it’s not easy.

Most modern narrative art adheres in some way to Shakespeare’s three-act structure (i.e., conflict, rising action/crisis, resolution;); whilst presenting a clear theme. Must all these elements be present to tell a good story?

Grant Faulkner, co-founder of the on-line lit mag 100 Word Story, thinks so. In his Brevity essay, “Writing with Gaps,” Faulkner says, “I think the best 100-word stories move with the escalation any story has…

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