We live in a connected world; emails, social networks, endless Twitter updates, all of which like nothing better than to soak up our precious time. For years there’s been articles and studies stating that we’ve all forgotten how to read long form text*. So, if we have neither the time nor motivation to sit and read novels and other long works, how are we to get our fiction fix?
Perhaps sir and madame would like to try our Drabble menu?
drabble (plural drabbles)
- A fictional story that is exactly 100 words long.
The purpose of a drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space.
Earlier this year I discovered the world of the Drabble while reading the newsletters from the Elite:Dangerous Kickstarter campaign, which included many 100-word stories written by Michael Brookes and various other authors. In fact, I enjoyed them so much I went and built Drablr.com; a website dedicated to the Drabble.
Drablr is a self-publishing social network for authors who like the challenges of 100-word (micro) fiction, and is similar in functionality to Twitter and Tumblr. It’s still very new and very much in the Beta phase, so for the moment only invited authors can post Drabbles. Still, anyone can sign up, read Drabbles, vote, comment, and follow authors.
There’s plenty of features still to be added but why not come along, sign up, and enjoy some great fiction while they’re still hot.
Sign up for an account here; Drablr.com – streaming Drabbles 100 words at a time.
* Not that I agree with these arguments.