I’m trying to write a one-shot every week that other people have requested. I try to credit the requester(s) of each story, but just ask if you wish to remain anonymous.
Now, there are Original Requests and Fanfic Requests, which I switch between each week (so long as I have enough of them), but this post will only cover Original Requests. I explain why below, but for now, I’ll go into
How to make a request
While I will try to keep track of all the requests I receive regardless of how they’re sent, sending through one of these three routes is most recommended:
Original Requests should be sent to me through either the current OSW poll, my email (CiestessDE@gmail.com) , my Patreon, or my Ko-fi.
Now, it’s up to you how you phrase your request, but three things to keep in mind:
First, make sure what you’re asking for is as clear as possible. I’ll try to contact you if I’m not sure, but it’s also not my fault if I didn’t understand what you were asking for.
Second, OSWs are meant to be short. I’m not going to write a novel for you, sorry.
Third — I need details. Part of why I started the OSWs was because I’m not great at brainstorming ideas. So if you want me to write something for you, you’re going to need to give me enough to work with. There’s no definitive line here, but for example — “A romantic comedy” = NO. “A romantic comedy between a bear and a mouse” = YES.
As for what you can request, just about anything goes!
Poems, short stories, twists on fairytales (or other public-domain properties), continuations of other OSWs…
Any little plot bunny you want to get out of your head, but you don’t want to write yourself. Or anything you just want to see my take on!
For example, you can even just send me three random objects and say “Hey, dare you to write a story with these in it!” and I’ll say “You’re on!”
The only thing it can’t be, on THIS site, is a fanfic, since making money off of them (even from ad revenue) would be illegal. If you want to request a fanfic, you can find more info on how Fanfic OSW Requests work here.
Aside from that, while there are other things I won’t write, I want you all to feel free to ask for anything. If, for whatever reason, I can’t/won’t do your request, I’ll be sure to let you know. It’s likely we’ll be able to edit the request a little to change that!
So please send me ALL the ideas!!!
Now, on to how I decide what order to write them in:
The order in which I write the Original OSW Requests is determined by three things: when the request was made, its level of request priority, and, if it comes to it, a poll.
Of course, the earlier a request was made, the earlier it will be fulfilled.
Higher request priority is a benefit given with certain Patreon tiers, but even simply being a patron (or using Ko-fi) will give you priority over non-patrons when making an Original Request.
(Just make sure you remember to send the request through patreon if you’re a patron, or include it in your message when you buy me a coffee.)
Finally, if two or more Original Requests tie or I’m otherwise uncertain which to write first, I’ll make a poll to help me decide. (I will not include any requesters’ identities inside the polls.)
You can find the current poll on my Tumblr, Twitter, or here on my website.
If there’s anything else you’re not clear on, don’t be afraid to ask me about it!