Waterlooville author teaches the art of drabble

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WHAT exactly is a drabble and how does it work?

That’s exactly what author Rick Haynes was trying to answer with his free workshop at Fareham Library.

Mr Haynes, from Waterlooville, held a course teaching people how to write a drabble as part of Fareham Arts Festival, which returned for the second year earlier this month.

Drabble is, in its simplest form, a self-contained story of exactly 100 words.

Mr Haynes said: ‘It is all about being concise, you have to think really hard to write a good one.

‘There’s no luxury of descriptive passages. It’s certainly a challenge, but more than that it improves your writing skills.

‘It’s like author Stephen King said – when you write a story you have to cut it back to the bare bones. It’s like killing your children but it has to be done to tell the story.’

The workshop was attended by five keen writers who were all intrigued to find out more about the style of writing.

Mr Haynes said: ‘There were lots of happy faces and they all did a good job of writing a drabble.

‘We had a great session. Everyone came not knowing how to write a drabble and every one of them wrote one by the end of the session.’

Mr Haynes, who is now retired after a career in finance, held another workshop at the Havant & District Writers’ Circle, which he also said was a great success.

Mr Haynes, who is also part of Denmead Writers’ Group, has been writing for two years after he took up writing as a hobby when he was recovering from several knee operations.

His first novella Bolt Out of The Blue was published last year and his first novel Evil Never Dies was published in July.

He has also written Horts ‘n’ Drabbles and Drabbles ‘n’ Shorts, two collections of short stories and drabbles, which were published last year.

The author is keen to hold more workshops in the future and encourages new writers to write passionately about a topic of interest.

To get in touch go to profnexus.wix.com/rickhaynes or e-mail hirick@yahoo.co.uk.