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5 Tips for Sending a Drabble Prompt That Will be Written

 

25 Days of Klaroline has begun, which means that writers are furiously typing away and requests are rapidly filling their inboxes! Now, every writer wishes that they could make everyone’s drabble fantasies come true but this isn’t always realistic. This means that writers have to carefully choose which prompts to complete and this one could easily be yours. To help sate your drabble needs, the mag has kindly brought you X tips to increase the chances of the drabble of yours dreams to be written.

 

1.) Don’t Be a Spammer

Hey, hey, do you know that moment when a boy is flirting with you and you feel special and then you turn around and find out he’s been flirting with all your friends too? This is a similar experience to someone who has just spent hours on a drabble request and then later find out that everyone had received the exact same one except they were unaware that everyone had received the same assignment. Spamming or sending to another author because the original one didn’t fill it out fast enough can be considered rude. Common courtesy would be to at least inform the author that you’re sending it to more than one person. But try to avoid this at all cost.

 

2.) Be Specific

Specific does not mean that you should send a prompt that says “Klaus and Caroline have sex on the beach. First, she rides him, then he eats her out, and then she blows him. And then they splash around in the water and talk about how much they love each other.” However, you should refrain from sending generic prompts like “elevator smut” or “Caroline calls Klaus after X happens.” Now this doesn’t mean you can’t request these prompts either. Instead of “elevator smut,” try “After Klaus blows up in a fit of jealousy, Caroline and Klaus fight in the elevator right when it gets stuck. Hot, jealous sex ensues ;).” Adding a bit more details can bring life to any cliche. The goal should be to create a summary of what you want while still giving the author room to make it their own. Also, being specific will make it more unique. This will cause the writer to notice the prompt and be more likely to write it.

 

3.) Give What You Want to Receive

Fans read fanfiction for the feels, right? Well, wouldn’t an author be more inclined to write a request that gave them feels? Resulting in a drabble that would create massive amounts of feels for everyone? Instead of “Baby Klaroline” as a request, try “Klaus and Caroline have been inseparable since birth. When they’re in kindergarten, Klaus doesn’t seem to play well with others except for Caroline. He only wants to play with her and only interacts with the other children if she’s there. Caroline tells him that she wants him to make other friends because she doesn’t want him to be lonely, and he tells her he’s never lonely because of her.

 

4.) Be Aware of Your Author

Whenever you write anything, you are writing to a target audience. In this case, a specific author. For example, you wouldn’t send a tragic request to a fluff author or a canon-compliant request to someone who strictly lives in fanon if you expect the request to be filled. When you send a request to someone, you’re saying “hey, I trust you with my prompt and I’m choosing you to write this for me.” If you know that an author has written material that is not your cup of tea before, consider another author or specify that you have an aversion to certain things.

 

5.) Don’t Beat Around the Bush

It’s cute when Caroline is coy with Klaus but it’s not so cute when it comes to drabble requests. If you want something included in the drabble, you need to explicitly state this because writers cannot read your minds. If you want smut, say “smut,” “sex,” “blow job,” whatever floats your boat. Please don’t say “Klaus and Caroline have fun” or “Klaroline get into shenanigans” because these ambiguous keywords can be confusing. Now is not the time to be shy!

 

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  • SweetyK

    Thanks for those precisions, it can be very useful !

  • Jusea

    Thank you for all these. I hadn’t considered some of those, like being more specific.