Before you embark on a journey to write a drabble, be sure to visit Art of the Drabble. Creating these ever-so-short stories, is more difficult than it may sound. Are you ready for a challenge?

Great! Start by picking a topic. Your everyday life is a great place to look. Consider what you hear on the radio or from passersby or in conversations with others. Look around. Do you see something beautiful? Or disturbing? Did you read something in the newspaper that moved you? Anything will do!


Ready to write? Don't overthink it. Just start telling the story and see where it goes. Keep it close to 100 words but don't worry about word count at first; get the story down. Pro tip: All of my first drafts are written by hand; it seems that my heart and mind are more in alignment this way, and the message of the story is more easily coaxed into existence.


It is only when I feel complete with the first draft that the story is typed into the computer. This is where the real work begins. I revisit the story again—word by word—considering facts (if necessary), language, names, tense, duplications, nuance, word-count, punctuation, and more, and only work on one story at a time.


After a number of rewrites, to authenticate the content, I ask myself if the story is ready for scrutiny by the Writer’s Group to which I belong. There, it undergoes further examination, and I always leave with homework! Don't have a writer's group? Don't worry! You can put your name on my list for a future writing group.

Completing a story can take several days, or even up to a couple of weeks. I let it have the time that it needs, and you can too! Drabbling is supposed to be fun, so play and enjoy!

What’s in your pen to share? Write on!

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