What’s Length Got to Do with It?

What’s Length Got to Do with It?

It’s November or as otherwise known in my writing life, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This marks my tenth year in a row taking part in the challenge of writing fifty thousand words in thirty days. Of course, barring unforeseen circumstances, I will be done long before the end of the month. Once I have reached the fifty-thousand words milestone, I’m done. I don’t keep going. Unlike other years, with this year’s writing project, I will go straight into the revision and edits phase. That’s an indication of how excited I am about the story. Its working title is Simply Beautiful, chosen largely because I already had a working cover.

Here the one sentence blurb I shared with a group of writer friends recently:

Orphaned young lady is secretly in love with her benefactor’s heir.

Oh, the possibilities. Is there any wonder I am so excited to finish writing this story?

Speaking of story writing, I’ve found a new creative outlet for my random musings. I have started the P. O. Dixon Drabbles series. What’s a drabble? Here’s how a drabble is defined on Wikipedia:

A drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

I got started with drabbles in October, while prepping for NaNoWriMo. Given how much I enjoy these little exercises, I do not foresee myself stopping anytime soon. So far, there are at least six in the series and counting.

I regularly share them with followers on social media, Patreon, and my Ko-fi page. Here are a few stories for your reading pleasure:

What say you? Do any of these drabbles remind you of a particular Jane Austen hero and heroine? Comment below and have your share in the conversation.


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Lúthien84
November 18, 2021 6:11 AM

I like the drabbles. It’s short and sweet, just the right length to read in between work. I hope you will used it in your upcoming novels. Thanks for sharing them, Pam.

Heather Dreith
Heather Dreith
November 14, 2021 1:44 PM

Your drabbles are great! You manage to convey so much in so few words, which can’t be easy! The couple reminds me of one of the most famous couples in literature. ???

Jean Stillman
Jean Stillman
November 14, 2021 9:00 AM

Your drabbles are fun to read! And can’t wait for your “SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!”.

Buturot
Buturot
November 13, 2021 3:16 PM

Wow those were amazing drabbles.Particularly intrigued with”The Dance”. Thank you for sharing and a chance to win a copy of one of your books.

Caryl Kane
Caryl Kane
November 13, 2021 8:31 AM

I’m all astonishment!

Robin G.
Robin G.
November 12, 2021 11:53 PM

I love the drabbles! Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
November 12, 2021 5:27 PM

I wish you well on the NaNoWriMo and I loved your drabbles. What a fun exercise. That would be something to publish… a compilation of drabbles. That was an amazing cover. I can’t wait to see what you have that goes with it. Blessings on all your hard work. Oh, and be sure to include me in the giveaway. I have it on my wishlist and would love to win a copy. Have a blessed rest of November.

Colleen
Colleen
November 11, 2021 6:23 PM

“The Proposal” almost seemed like poetry. How neat! I like all of them.

DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
November 11, 2021 3:59 PM

The premise is very intriguing and the cover is lovely so I look forward to its release. I also enjoyed the drabbles and they certainly reminded me of ODC.

Mirta Ines Trupp
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Mirta Ines Trupp (@mirtainestrupp)
November 11, 2021 2:45 PM

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing!

Leila
Leila
November 11, 2021 1:59 PM

Loved it! Drabble away!

Linda A.
Linda A.
November 11, 2021 11:13 AM

Very nice! I could see drabbles being conducive to creating plot bunnies. Thank you for sharing.

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
November 11, 2021 10:10 AM

The drabbles are beautiful! They sure do remind me of my favorite duo Lizzy and Darcy!lol

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