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Offline Scribbler Reading TBR list - I hate you!
02 Feb 2017, 07:49 PM | Post: #4541

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Popped in and did a quickie moderation thingy.
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02 Feb 2017, 09:51 PM | Post: #4542

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(02 Feb 2017 12:01 PM)Kath Middleton Wrote: Wrote:  I've been in a couple of times and come away - in despair! So many which, though not badly written, aren't actually a story. I don't want to reject them but I can't make myself accept them. Don't know what to do.
No story = no drabble. I've rejected a whole bunch of the ones Kath's referring to.
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03 Feb 2017, 09:12 AM | Post: #4543

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Right! Rolls up sleeves. Goes shopping. Erm... comes back and does some hard 'drabble' rejection!

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

Do we have an agreed criteria for a Drabble? e.g.
Development of plot
Beginning, middle and end.
Resolution of some sort of conflict
A bonus if it is thought-provoking, tugs at the emotions or has a twist at the end.

Properly edited.
Well-written - (no sloppy wording, unnecessary words, telling not showing, statement rather than suggestion, little imagery, etc)
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03 Feb 2017, 12:10 PM | Post: #4545

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(03 Feb 2017 09:49 AM)Jan Hurst-Nicholson Wrote: Wrote:  Do we have an agreed criteria for a Drabble? e.g.
Development of plot
Beginning, middle and end.
Resolution of some sort of conflict
A bonus if it is thought-provoking, tugs at the emotions or has a twist at the end.

Properly edited.
Well-written - (no sloppy wording, unnecessary words, telling not showing, statement rather than suggestion, little imagery, etc)
These are excellent criteria for novels and short stories, but to be fair, it is very difficult to achieve them all with only 100 words. 

The one thing that I think should be mandatory is that a drabble has to DELIVER something. Ideally it's a story but it might also be a clever little reveal or play on words. The one thing that's not acceptable is just fancy descriptive writing for its own sake. There has to be some kind of progression and payoff at the end. There has to be a point!
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(03 Feb 2017 12:10 PM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  
(03 Feb 2017 09:49 AM)Jan Hurst-Nicholson Wrote: Wrote:  Do we have an agreed criteria for a Drabble? e.g.
Development of plot
Beginning, middle and end.
Resolution of some sort of conflict
A bonus if it is thought-provoking, tugs at the emotions or has a twist at the end.

Properly edited.
Well-written - (no sloppy wording, unnecessary words, telling not showing, statement rather than suggestion, little imagery, etc)
These are excellent criteria for novels and short stories, but to be fair, it is very difficult to achieve them all with only 100 words. 

The one thing that I think should be mandatory is that a drabble has to DELIVER something. Ideally it's a story but it might also be a clever little reveal or play on words. The one thing that's not acceptable is just fancy descriptive writing for its own sake. There has to be some kind of progression and payoff at the end. There has to be a point!
I agree that it's not easy, but several years ago the 50 word mini saga was popular. The Daily Telegraph ran a competition.

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War And Pieces by Mary Ann Slater


"Edge pieces first," he decrees.


All others are rounded up, segregated.


"Blues into the blue pile, browns into the brown. Do not mix them."


My moves are restricted (a tree here, a cloud there), while he attacks the castle.


I smuggle a piece into my pocket: the revolution has begun.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4718163/A-thousand-ideas-in-fifty-words.html
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08 Feb 2017, 08:30 AM | Post: #4547

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(02 Feb 2017 09:54 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  There's a long queue of drabbles waiting to be moderated. Some have been approved only by people I don't know, who could be friends of the drabblists. Please moderate if you have a few spare minutes: http://bookhippo.uk/drabbles/moderate.php
I'm Bobbing this reminder as there have been some new drabbles.
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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

(08 Feb 2017 08:30 AM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  
(02 Feb 2017 09:54 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  There's a long queue of drabbles waiting to be moderated. Some have been approved only by people I don't know, who could be friends of the drabblists. Please moderate if you have a few spare minutes: http://bookhippo.uk/drabbles/moderate.php
I'm Bobbing this reminder as there have been some new drabbles.

Thanks for the reminder. I've done a bit of moderating.
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08 Feb 2017, 04:00 PM | Post: #4549

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RE: Introducing Drabble Hippo

I think I've done a few.
(hoping to write one or two during my time off work)
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(08 Feb 2017 08:30 AM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  
(02 Feb 2017 09:54 AM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  There's a long queue of drabbles waiting to be moderated. Some have been approved only by people I don't know, who could be friends of the drabblists. Please moderate if you have a few spare minutes: http://bookhippo.uk/drabbles/moderate.php
I'm Bobbing this reminder as there have been some new drabbles.
There are quite a few in the queue at the moment. Should we stop submitting new ones until you catch up? Rolleyes

(I had to reject one that needs editing - a phrase had been repeated)
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