Pushpita Singh



What’s a Drabble?

A drabble is a short form of fiction that is exactly 100 words long(excluding the title). It can’t be one word less or one word more. So with the basic structural limitation, it is really challenging to write and yet being creative and fun at the same time.

The purpose of the drabble is to illustrate brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.



Here are a few important things that must be kept in mind while writing a drabble. These useful tips will undoubtedly help any drabble writer in their drabble writing journey.

1》Stick To Single Scene/Emotion/Event

Drabbles in terms of content can vary from serious, horror, fantasy, bloody, romance, experimental to anything. But the most important thing is to start and end with a single emotion or scene. The emotions or scenes must not grow or intensify as we have limited words to fit in. A slight change in the dialogue or emotion can reduce the impact of the story.


2》Idea Or Plot Must Be Contained

The basic storyline of a drabble should be clear in mind before writing. Ideas can’t expand in terms of characters, places or events. It must be a tight-packed piece where only the story is conveyed and unnecessary backgrounds are excluded. 


3》Clear Structure To Be Followed

Like any other story, a drabble too has a beginning, a middle and an end. Beginning sets up the story, the middle should show progression and the end should provide the conclusion. Also, many writers follow a trend to start the story from the middle and then a brief introduction leading to the end.


4》Add A Twist In The Tale

Most of the best drabble writers like Brian Aldiss, Jonathan Hill and many more suggest following a concept of twist in the tale. The start and middle will take you in expected directions and end turns that around. So, always go with a sudden twist at the end.


5》Be Economical With Words

We all know economy rate matters! A bowler in cricket with the lowest economy rate is considered to be the best. Similarly, while writing a drabble, top thing on the mind should be the count of words. Every single word must mean something as we can’t afford to add one extra word. Always be ready to cut out the superfluous words. As a drabble writer, one must develop an ability to utilize “100” words in the best possible way.


6》Editing Is The Key

The first draft of any drabble is rarely anywhere close to 100 words and also very rate that this first version of the writing is worth sharing. So, editing is the key to achieving the required word count. Strip out anything which is not very important. For this, the writer must be brutal enough to slash unimportant words or actions but at the same time the core message of the story must not be lost, it should remain intact.



Hopefully, the above-discussed tips when kept in mind should help a drabble writer to sail through easily. Like any other writing, drabble writing is also fun. It can be seen as a snapshot or a trailer. A drabble is one story candy that is enjoyed for a very short time.

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