Drabbles: a Good Way to Begin Writing Flash Fiction

Drablr HomepageTry Writing Drabbles as an Introduction to Writing Flash Fiction

One sure way of getting started writing flash fiction is to try your hand writing drabbles. Drabbles are stories that are exactly 100 words in length. No more, no less. Writing 100-word stories helps you to train your mind into thinking small. Writing drabbles often enough will help you become skilled at conveying a message in a regimented format that leaves no room for embellishment.

When you write drabbles, you must jump right into your story, make your point, then get out. Many drabble readers enjoy reading short compositions because they don’t have the time or the luxury of sitting down with a novel or longer short story. With today’s busy lifestyles, reading something for fun need not be time-consuming. The ability to sit down with a quick-read story is one of the reasons I was initially drawn to the literary style.

Once I discovered I liked reading drabbles, I decided to try my hand at writing them and found that I enjoyed writing them as much as reading them. I eventually found a community of writers who write drabbles at a website called Drablr.com. You can read drabbles from the many writers from around the world who are members. If you want to write drabbles, you will have to create an account, and there is no membership fee. It’s a labor of love. You can follow favorite writers and develop a following of your own. Drablers will vote and comment on the writings of others.

There are other sites on the Web that offer a conduit for drabble writers. I’ve listed a couple of them below:

Drabble: 100 Word Stories – Reddit

Drabbles–100 Word Short Stories

Drabble Fun

If you just want to have some fun with drabbles, you can always head over to the Drabble Generator and have one created for you. The result just might surprise you.

A Handbook for Learning how to Write Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is written in as few as six words to as many as one thousand words. The length is contingent upon the requirements of a particular publication or the whim of the writer. But whatever the cause or the reason, it’s a great way to hone your skills and tighten up your writing.

I just finished reading a great handbook on how to write flash fiction called Brevity: a flash fiction handbook written by David Galef. Each chapter of the book discusses various components of literature like fables, diaries, anecdotes, and poetry and how they relate to writing flash fiction. Within each chapter is a description of what types of things can be written accompanied by examples of stories by various writers.

Aside from the stories and examples, there are suggested exercises to try as well. Although you can read the book from beginning to end, it would be best to treat it like a handbook and test out the various styles and areas to see where your interests and skills lay.

If you write flash fiction and want to learn more about it, or if you’re new to the world of short fiction, Brevity just might be the book to get you started on the path to writing great flash fiction.