The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last time, will be writing genres.
a work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length
- A drabble should have a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning sets up the story, the middle is the meat (the progression of the story) and the end provides the conclusion.
- Best drabbles have a twist in the tale — the start and middle will take you in an expected direction and then the end turns that around.
- Free-write the first draft. Don’t worry about the word count, and then cut.
- Only include 1-2 plots and subplots. You don’t have time for more.
- If you are a new writer, use drabbles as a writing exercise, to force yourself to analyze every word you use, make it essential.
- This genre is most popular with science fiction but feel free to write about anything.
I didn’t get any suggestions from Indie authors for drabbles they’ve written. If you have one, add it to the comments! And, there aren’t a lot of published books in this genre so I struggled to come up with a list for you:
- 81 Horror Drabbles by Lennie Grace
- Love: A Dark Microfiction Anthology edited by D. Kershaw
- Forgotten Ones: Drabbles of Myth and Legend by Abiran Raveenthiran et al
- Specklit.com’s online ezine.
- The Drabble Project edited by Beccon Publications
- Tim Hawken’s list of 2020’s best drabbles
- Justice, by Kally Jo Surbeck
- What Dolls Eat, by Karen Bovenmyer
- A sampling of Drabbles from Writing.ie
More D Genres:
Help me crowdsource the books
This year, instead of searching for popular books in each genre, I’ll crowdsource them–include books as often as possible written by Indie authors. That means yours. Here’s how you get involved:
- Go through the list of genres (and subgenres) below. They are less common than the usual so you’ll have to read the definitions and decide where your books fit. If you’re close, that’s good enough. For example: If you write suspenseful historical fiction, add your name to “historical suspense”.
- In the comments, tell me your name, your book, a link to where it’s sold, and the genre it fits.
- If no genre fits your books, give me your favorites in a genre. I’ll still credit you with a linkback.
- When I get to that genre (between April 1, 2021 and about two years later), I’ll put your book in the list of examples with a link to where it can be purchased. If you suggested a book, I’ll link to your blog.
That’s it! I sure hope you play along with me on this!
Here’s the genre list (links aren’t live until publication).
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.