“I liked the idea of putting a book of drabbles together, but I knew I would need a lot of stories. I had no idea how many authors would be interested in writing a drabble, so I decided to ask them. The response was overwhelming and the drabbles started flooding in almost instantly.” -Kevin J. Kennedy
Who said drabbles are read by only a few? I believe drabbles are becoming more popular.
Drabbles were first written in England in the 80’s by science fiction authors. Today, you can find them around the world written in different genres, not only science fiction.
Why do I enjoy them?
1. They’re short. You will not get bored reading 100 words.
2. Different authors are in one book, so you get to read different styles of writing. This alone is already intriguing.
3. If you’re a writer you get to learn how to compress a story into 100 words, no more, no less. The mode has to be an introduction, a middle and an end. Some writers don’t follow this, nevertheless their write-ups are intriguing enough to be read.
4. Many drabbles are written to make the readers think. At times you have to read the drabble more than once to find out what it’s saying.
Drabbles are, to coin a phrase, short and sweet. Short, because they’re only 100 words, sweet depending on your mood when you read them. To end, I leave with a quote from Mark Twain.
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” -Mark Twain