I’ve had a lot of fun dabbling in drabbles recently. For those unfamiliar with the term, a drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words. No more, no less! Sounds simple in theory, but producing a high impact tale within a very tight word count can be a challenge … but also a lot of fun.
With the rise in popularity of very short fiction (step aside flash, I’m talking micro), markets for drabbles are currently plentiful. If you want to try your hand at penning your own drabbles, the opportunities are out there embracing fun themes that provide plenty of scope for creative freedom.
My drabble dabbling has lead to publication in several anthologies this year already, with Family Secret appearing in Curses and Cauldrons – An Anthology of Witchcraft Microfiction by Blood Song Books (you can grab a copy of this bumper book of bite-sized beauties here).
Due for release later this year is Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights, another terrific anthology from Things in The Well Publications celebrating the erotic side of horror with drabbles and double-drabbles contributed by some truly fabulous authors (including a reprint by none other than Ramsey Campbell)! You’ll find two of my drabbles: The Scent of Roses, and The Bus Ride included within its silken sheets! I’ll share the cover and link to this darkly saucy anthology when it’s available.
If you’re looking for a break from longer fiction, why not try your hand at drabbles? They’re a great way to flex your creative muscle, work on your brevity, challenge yourself, and – most importantly – they’re great fun!
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy days …