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NancyBrooke
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 4:04 pm    Post subject: What's shorter than a drabble? Reply with quote

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Inspired by this amazing moment in RobinKa's drabble "Perfect Circle": Respekt
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The small piece of gold danced gracefully back and forth above her face

This really amazing line almost creates the story in and of itself, so compose the shortest complete work you can (I think it would have to be a vignette ... ).

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what's shorter than a drabble...a rabble. Very Happy Okay, probably stupid, but I had to. Confused

The thunderstorm gives out a burst of wind, sounds the thunder, beats the ground with sheets of rain, and releases its light show overhead.

Shocked That's all I could think of. I want to have a thunderstorm... Crying or Very sad


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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, make it Tolkien related and you've got something.

What I love about RobinKa's drabble is that it distills Isidur's situation down, essentially, into that one line yet communicates so very much - the ring has come between him and everything else, it will have a hypnotic effect on him, he is partially in love with it and turning all his emotions away from everything else and toward the ring, the ring is all he sees ... all this can be inferred from that short line and the little more that the drabble supplies.

If one could write like that, that would be quite a skill.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Change "dance" to "dances" for one more syllable, and you've got a haiku!

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an actual paying market for "flash fiction" ... fiction of less than 500 words. So any of you talented drabblists who want to take your writing into the non-derivative arena...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shorter than a drabble ?
a half drabble. Very Happy
or a sentence "story" like your example. over at livejournal, there's a community called 1sentence - you have to write a one-sentence "fic" as a reply to a prompt.
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