Saturday, April 30, 2011

Last Minute Details

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited that we begin our month-long adventure in less than an hour!! I just have a few last minute details to go over.

First, for those of you who are writing drabbles (Daily Drabbles and/or Weekly Words), I would love to have all of them posted right to the blog for everyone's reading enjoyment. I think the easiest way to do this will probably be to add you all as admins on the blog. In order to do that, send me your email address and I'll add you.

As far as the Weekly Words goes, I'll send out a message and post it both on the blog and on the event wall on Facebook on Thursdays, thus giving you ample time to write 100 words about it.

For those of you who haven't yet responded, we'd love to have you join our merry little writerly band. Feel no obligation, only our excitement. :)

For everyone, let's get those muses working. Sharpen your pencils and stretch out your typing fingers and let's write!

Friday, April 22, 2011

How This Whole Thing Works

I love to drabble. Contrary to popular belief, a drabble is not at all related to drool or basketball or anything like that. A drabble is a short written work of exactly 100 words in length. I greatly enjoy drabbling for the challenge of making the words fit exactly into the prescribed length. Each word is precious and the writer must be very precise with the choice of language in order to achieve the highest emotional impact. Here are some examples of drabbles I've written.

As some of you may be aware, November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. I participated for the first time last year and while it was enjoyable, I discovered I still prefer drabbling to noveling. Thus, this challenge was born. Each month in May I shall write a drabble a day. A Drabble A Day In The Month Of May. DrabDayMoMay. I know. It's a shameless copy of NaNoWriMo. But they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we'll go with that for now.

I humbly invite all of you to join me in writing 31 drabbles in May. That's only 3,100 words, people. I am firmly convinced you can do it. However, if that seems daunting, fear not! I have a plan. On Saturdays, we have a special feature called "Weekly Words" (at least until someone comes up with a better name). I shall assign a title here on Thursdays and we all shall write a drabble for that title and post it here on this blog on Saturdays. That's only 100 words a week, people, and I'm giving you three days in which to do it. You can do it! GO YOU!

If you are joining in for the Weekly Words, just let me know and I'll make you an admin so that you can post it here. For those doing the Daily Drabbles, we can post those here as well. Just make sure that you put the date first in the title.

So there you have it. A May challenge. 3,100 words for those who feel especially challenged or 400 words for those who feel so inclined.

I can't wait to see what we write!