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A drabble is a story which is exactly 100 words long, the word count excludes the title. I think drabbles are great fun, but they actually take a bit more work than you might imagine. To look at a bunch of ones which I've written, check out the dedicated section of the Ken Magee Author website. That brings me nicely to the point of this post.
For a bit of craic*, I've started a guest drabbles section. I'm inviting you to get creative and pen a classic 100 word story. Then, if you'd like it to be featured in the Guest Drabble Section, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll take it from there.
At the moment, one of my own favourite drabbles is...
"Today, Beth and Steve join us on the show," announced the host, a cheesy grin spread like Dairylea across his face.
"Steve's here to find out the results of the DNA test to tell if he's the father of little Jamie. Beth says he is, but Steve says she’s been sleeping around, so God only knows who the father is."
"So here are the results..." he opened the gold envelope. "Steve," pause for effect, "you are the father!"
"And hold on, this is unusual," longer pause for bigger effect, "Beth, you are not the mother."
A good drabble will surprise you, or make you think, or bring a smile to your face... a great drabble could do all three.
Go on, give it a go.
*Craic, or crack, is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment or enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland. The word has an unusual history; the English crack was borrowed into Irish as craic in the mid-20th century and the Irish spelling was then re-borrowed into English.
Here's another example of a drabble...
The first headline to catch my eye stated ‘UK is Slipping Down Global League Tables in Reading and Geography’. Apparently we’re languishing twenty places behind Estonia. It appears that few of our children would understand ‘languishing’ nor could they pinpoint Estonia on a map.
The next headline read ‘Overuse of Antibiotics is a Ticking Time Bomb’. Bacteria are cleverly adapting and becoming resistant to the drugs. The growing resistance poses a bigger danger to the nation than terrorism.
Depressed, I stopped reading, it seems our kids are getting dumber, bacteria are getting smarter… this is not going to end well.