Down in the shed…
The shed at the bottom of the garden is where I disappear to think and write. If you can’t find me there then check out the local coffee shops!
This blog has undergone a number of changes over the years. The most recent is me deciding to use it purely to share some of my 100-word stories.
100-word stories are often refered to as ‘drabbles’. According to Wikipedia –
“A drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length.The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.”
“The concept is said to have originated in UK science fiction fandom in the 1980s; the 100-word format was established by the Birmingham University SF Society, taking a term from Monty Python’s 1971 Big Red Book. In the book, “Drabble” was described as a word game where the first participant to write a novel was the winner. In order to make the game possible in the real world, it was agreed that 100 words would suffice.”
There are a number of great websites where you can find examples of drabbles and be encouraged to write your own. Here are some of my favourites:
- 100 Word Story – some tremendous stories to read and a place you can submit your own. Their introduction says, “The 100-word format forces the writer to question each word…”
- Friday Flash Fiction – another home for 100-word stories.
- The Drabble – “…a site dedicated to publishing original fiction, non-fiction, and poetic works of 100 words or less.”
- A Story In 100 Words – “A Story In 100 Words brings you flash fiction stories on a daily basis. It is an experiment in writing and brevity. Please feel free to comment or to submit your own 100 word stories. Our hope is to build a community of writers and readers who are microfiction enthusiasts.”
I’ve had stories accepted by Friday Flash Fiction, The Drabble and A Story In 100 Words.
One day I’m going to self-publish a selection of my 100-word stories. One day…
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