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    Hello, fellow Sprout!


    First: WHAT THE HECK IS DRABBLE?????!!!!!!!!
    A drabble is a short story, generally 500 words or less (unless otherwise specified by a particular challenge or contest). It gives you just enough room to develop your character a bit, plus set up a little snapshot of a moment. For good examples, check out The Three Broomsticks, which is basically drabble central.

    Second: How do you write drabble?
    Well, I'd say you take either a prompt from a drabble challenge or just an idea that you want to write for fun and go from there. Generally, you want to use plot bunnies (little sparks of inspiration or idea) that are too small to be complete stories but able to stand by themselves. Then just start writing.

    Typically, you don't want to go into too much detail in your drabble, as you find that you go over your word count limit too fast. That was my main problem when I started. I would set out to write 500 words and end up with 1500. Keep it simple and choose your words wisely, because sometimes one word can say more than a whole sentence's worth of different words.

    Lastly, if you wish, have someone look it over for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors (SPaG). We have several wonderful beta readers (those who specialise in proofreading things like grammar, plot, and characterisation) in The Beta Guild section (all of whom have taken a test that verifies their qualifications as a beta), as well as the Beta Services for Sale or Rent section of the forum. Generally, most betas will return your drabbles within a day or two, since they're the simplest form of writing and don't take that long to correct. You can also just leave an open request for anyone who wants to help you in the Beta Wanted section, and the beta who responds will provide a link to their beta thread, where you can make a request using the form they provide at the beginning of the thread.

    Finally: What do you do with it?
    Well, if you're writing it for a contest in The Three Broomsticks (TTB), you post it in the contest thread, using the form (which is usually Username, House, Title, Word Count, Rating/Warnings, and Author's Note) provided. Typically, you want to put your drabble in a Quote Box, as it helps keep everything nice and tidy.

    If it's something that you are just writing for fun, you can set up your very own drabble thread in TTB! If you'd like an example of one, click on the link in my signature for my drabble thread, and that's a pretty decent example. Others can comment on your work, offer suggestions, or just tell you how much they loved it! Writing drabbles does so much for your writing on a whole, plus it gives you the chance to write about a larger variety of subjects without monopolising your time like one-shots (single chapter stories) or multi-chaptered stories can and tend to do.


    I hope that this answers your questions, and if you have any more, feel free to PM me, reply to this post, or even visit Ravenclaw Tower. We tend to not bite the newbies.

    Perhaps I shall see you around the drabble contests or maybe your own thread!
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    Hello Ravenclaw -

    Don't mind the Slytherin poking around, I'm just here to clarify a few things about sorting.

    1. If you wish to be sorted, go to your menu bar and click on User CP. You'll see a section called, Settings and Options and the a second one called, Private Messages. The second choice there is Send a new message. Click it and in the Recipient Username box type the name SortingHat. In the body of the message, however you wish to, tell them you need a sorting quiz.

    Easy, right? :-)

    2. YES, the people who sort you are real. It's the mods, silly! We each work on the sorting account a week at a time to keep things grounded and sane. (I was actually the one who sorted you, Lunalovespudding, hehe. It was obvious you bleed Ravenclaw Blue!)

    3. You only need to request a quiz one time. Please don't send a follow-up PM asking where your quiz/results are or multiple replies within days of each other. That's just annoying and a waste of our time.

    4. No, you may not switch Houses. Creating multiple accounts is not allowed and will result in deletion. IP addresses speak volumes . . .

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    Enter!!

    I just want to ask/remind my fellow Claws to enter challenges so that we can win the House Cup! Thanks and Ravenclaw for the Cup!!!

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    It looks like Ravenclaw has gained a true blue Sprout in Lunalovespudding! I hope you will use that Claw pride to help us win the House Cup two terms in a row! What you can do is keep an eye out for events that will earn points, like drabble and story contests, and offer helpful, well thought-out post on characters, reference questions, and plot help.

    Also, start writing some stories of your own so you can get your name out there!

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    CLAWS WON THE CUP!

    Just thought I'd post that in here.

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    Judging?

    Hey Claws, I have a quick question. About how long does it take for a contest to get judged? I entered the May and 5/24 challenges and, while they are closed for judging, it has been a while and no winner has been announced. That's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunalovespudding
    Hey Claws, I have a quick question. About how long does it take for a contest to get judged? I entered the May and 5/24 challenges and, while they are closed for judging, it has been a while and no winner has been announced. That's all.

    Sometimes, it takes a while, as our Ebil Barmaids do have real life obligations that rear up in unexpected times. They do their best to keep up with our drabbling, but sometimes, they just run out of time in the day to sit down and properly judge things.

    Just hang in there, and I promise that they will judge our drabbles. Typically, their choices are pretty spot-on as to who wins, places, and shows, so the care in their selections is better than just picking a winner for the sake of picking a winner.

    /rambling on soapbox
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    Hello

    Hi everyone! I'm brand new here, and just a little bit nervous. This will be my first post on the site! I can't wait to figure everything out and to meet you guys. My name's Brooklyn, but I'd really appreciate it if you call me Snow. Thanks and see you around, I suppose.

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    Hi!

    Hi Snow, glad to see a new Sprout! I look forward to seeing you around the forums! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them here, all Claws are extremely helpful! When I was new (not too long ago), I had many questions, and everyone helped me. So just remember, write, help, and you'll be very happy! Sorry if I sound a little weird, by the way.

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    Thanks

    Okay. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. I'm about to go explore the sight a bit, so I should have plenty of questions when I'm done. Heheh.

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