A work of fiction, in 100 words or less. Writing drabbles is often a competitive event

A 'perfect' drabble will contain all the elements of a longer story, and be exactly 100 words long. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have both written drabbles published on the web.

Examples of drabbles noded on Everything are The Vow and Dear John Letter

A drabble is a type of story. Writing a drabble is known as drabbling. I learned about it...no, I won’t confess my fanfic sins here. Drabbling is aggravating, highly addictive, and great fun. It also teaches editing.

Here are the rules for drabbling:

  • The body of a drabble may be factual or fiction. It must be coherent and be exactly one hundred words long, including articles.
  • Use complete sentences and standard grammar.
  • Standard contractions are permitted.
  • Using acronyms or hyphenation is cheating unless it’s standard for the word in question.
  • Special E2 rule: Don’t pipe any links.
  • Happy drabbling!

    Drab"ble (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Drabbled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Drabbling (?).] [.See Drab, Draff.]

    To draggle; to wet and befoul by draggling; as, to drabble a gown or cloak.



    © Webster 1913.

    Drab"ble (?), v. i.

    To fish with a long line and rod; as, to drabble for barbels.


    © Webster 1913.

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