Over the summer I had two goals as they related to my writing – First was to make it a point to write 200 words a day and save same for possible editing at a later date to incorporate into yet another book I would like to write.

Another goal I had was to begin dabbling in “drabbles.”

A drabble is a short work of fiction of around 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.

With that thought in mind, I thought I would share one of my drabbles here on this site which will do two things:

Enable me to meet my goal of posting once a week here on my Word Press account while at the same time introducing you all to Drabbles.

Here is one drabble I wrote while on vacation over the summer:

“It is 4:30 am in the morning. Shortly I will be done with my paper route and off on a fishing trip. I climb the steps to the entrance of the apartment building.  I enter the building to drop three papers for the customers that live there. He is just standing there at attention – a soldier in full uniform – he doesn’t say a word – it’s almost as though he is dead. I drop the papers and run the rest of my route. Upon arriving home, I waken my mother and ask her a question – “Mom, have my hair turned white?”


Hope you enjoyed this little piece of nonsense!  Until next time!

8 thoughts on “What is a Drabble?

    1. Thanks for such kind words. I haven’t written any Drabbles lately but once I get organized (holidays and so forth) I am hoping to include writing more of them just to keep my hands in the pot so to speak. I too enjoy following your blog and look forward to reading them when they hit my mailbox. And yet another thing I need to do – organize my email so that I do not feel so overwhelmed with all that I have going on. Again, thanks for the positive feedback.

  1. I have not heard the term drabbling before but some of my writing friends do participate in flash fiction challenges. I stuck my toe in the water once around Halloween but didn’t publish it. I may participate more next year just to get the creative juices flowing. Great job!

    1. Thanks Molly – I have been busy trying to write my second book and am having one heck of a time keeping all the balls in the air what with Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner. I do appreciate your comments though and I too enjoy following your blog.

  2. To tell a full story in One Hundred words is quite a challenge Irwin, and it delivered. I did not know that these shorts shorts were called Drabbles. So interesting. Thank you.

    1. My pleasure. At the time I discovered that I was attempting to write a minimum of 200 words a day just to keep up with my writing on a daily basis. Truth be told though I haven’t been able to do either one lately (Drabble or 200 words) but perhaps February will be my turning point. Thanks for reading.

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