October 1st, 2006

Mama Deb

Rant

A drabble is approximately 100 words, right? In the strict form it's exactly 100 words, but things don't always work out, so 95-105 are acceptable. There are double drabbles of 200 words, more or less, but that also implies the 100 word form. And, yeah, I've accepted looser definition that include 150 words or so. I haven't been happy about it, but I know such things happen. I've also seen stories told as a series of drabbles, making the drabbles themselves mini-chapters - complete as such.

I've broken my brain to keep my drabbles 100 words, because telling that short a story and making it complete is hard work - and very much worth the effort if it's done right. That's the point of having such a very short form - to meet that challenge.

A 950 story is a short-short. Or a vignette. Calling it a drabble would be like writing sonnet and calling it a limerick. Both have their points, but they aren't the same.