I have wanted to comment on this all week - you guys and your thoughts are just awesome. I am exactly the same way - especially with the last line. I can write anything from sentences to an epic 100,000 words + story. It all depends what fits the story best - and there have been many a time when a simple drabble has turned into a 50,000+ story. Or, I took the idea for an epic and wrote it in a drabble form just to get it off my muse's mind so that I could work on something else. It's a crazy world, the writer's brain. I have outlines up to wazoo - sometimes, it seems like my notebooks are filled with more outlines than stories. Even when I don't have time to write, that never means that my mind is standing still - it is plotting and planning and scheming. The trick for me seems to be getting from the outline to the fic stage at times. There are so many ideas out there for the having. And I have always enjoyed your streamlined updates with that! I never would have guessed that you didn't use outlines, and used minimal editing. The shorter chapters really help with that, I'd imagine. And now I am fascinated - I want to try writing a story that way. Spur of the moment and edge of my seat. My chapters normally average around 5,000 words according to FF.N - my oneshots 3,000. I like writing 'short stories' and posting them as oneshots - in 10,000 - 30,000 chunks of words so as to not interrupt the plot and flow, and then let people read at their leisure. I had an experiment on FF.N with a Dark Knight Rises story (which isn't posted here for fear of overloading the boards with words. ) where each chapter was 10,000 -20,000 words, simply because I was telling a character's life story, and each chapter, instead of revolving around a set length, told the whole tale from one point of her life to the next. I used those key moments as cut offs, rather than anything else. But, within those long chapters, there were dozens of smaller segments - some less than a drabble long. It took a lot of planning, and very careful editing, but it was an enriching experience in the end. That's where every story is different - and that type of difference determines the length, I have come to find. I agree with you on that! Drabbles are the ultimate way to fight DWB! I've found that no matter how stumped I am with my writing, drabbles just have a way of opening the floodgates. They are like little writing energy shots.