drabble rousing

There’s this time in the morning.

I’m awake much earlier than I am willing to get up. Yet I can’t quite capture sleep again. Maybe it’s cold. Maybe my brain is being too busy.

So I pull the covers up to my chin and just… think.

I work on a dream house design. Specific things. Hidden doors in giant closets… full of baseball caps.

I hatch plans for businesses. (Including the high quality business cards.)

I write in my head.

I plot Christmas gifts for loved ones.

And the best part is that the nay-saying voice in my head is a late sleeper.

I don’t censor my thoughts.

Maybe I’ll get a monkey some day. “Let’s get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?”

I also take this time to come up with ideas for things to try on my blog. Or ideas for new blogs.

I respect that lots of people use blogs for journal-ing purposes. I get it. But that’s not my scene. I like when blogs and bloggers try different things.

If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know I’m a writer.

If you’ve been my friend for a while, you know I’m a bit pushy about getting people to try their hands at fiction writing.

One morning, as I tried to get my covers adjusted just right, an idea popped into my head:

A fiction blog that will feature small, easily-digestible nuggets of writing in a format that won’t be too intimidating to folks who love to write, but still find it a bit scary to share their creations.

My brain quickly connected the dots to drabbles.

Drabbles are short fiction pieces of exactly 100 words.

100 words sounds easy, right?

Try telling a story in so few words. Super challenging. But in the best way. It is immensely satisfying when you’ve FINALLY tweaked it to the magical 100 word mark and feel like you’ve told a good little story.

DrabbleRousers.com launched today.

You should come check it out.

And maybe try writing one. Even if you don’t want to submit it, the challenge is a tonne of fun.

Now I’m going to get cozy again and take another run at sleep.

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5 Responses

  1. Eleni Zoe says:

    I’m excited to play!

  2. AshleyD says:

    I’m excited to read along!

  3. Melissa says:

    That is such a cool idea! I was wondering which blogger had come up with this idea when I got a follow on Twitter from @drabblerousers haha :)

    I may read along for a while & see if I get inspired… and maybe I’ll see if I can come up with something. 100 words to write a story is NOT easy at all, but I like the challenge!

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