Tips to Writing
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First things first, you've gotta know what RP is. RP is just another way to say role play.
It's simple, really. You have a character and you control it and make it respond to other people's characters via writing. It's like writing a book with more than one person. If you can write, you can RP. And even if you can't write that well, RP is the best way to practice. I'll show you an example of what RPing is between two different people: Bob and George.
Vix walks through the forest, looking around at all the trees and listening to the birds.
Leo rests lazily beneath a tree. He suddenly hears steps off a short distance away, and rises from his spot to investigate. He spots Vix, and approaches, bowing. "Hello. My name is Leo. What is your name?
Vix turns, startled, to see Leo. Nervous, she stammers, gaze locked on a distant stump to avoid eye contact, "M-my name is Vix. Where did you come from? I came from far away, in a forest called the Haunted Wood.
See how the characters respond to one another and their surroundings? This is how two people RP. Once you get the hang of just one other person and yourself, you can add more people to the RP until you've got a whole group with you! See, it's easy!
Let's Get To It!
Once you get the hang of what RPing is, you've gotta know what it takes to make a good post. Nobody likes one-liners and dull RPs. People like action and twists! And to make that happen, you need descriptive posts! What? You don't think you can do that? Well, let me help you! Below are the things you'll need to do and use to make your posts stand out from the rest!
Introductions are the most important posts of the RP. They not only bring your character into the setting, but they give the other writers a good idea of how your character will react to their own. Because of this, if your character's introduction is pitiful or badly-written, the other writers will probably either avoid your character, or their characters will become easily annoyed. Here's a good way to set up your introduction:
Check Out the Setting – Make sure to read the setting and get a good layout in your mind before you begin your post. Or, if you've started a board, make sure to specify everything so the other characters aren't lost. See whether or not it's Morning, Midday, Afternoon, Evening, or Night; check to see if the season is Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall; see if it's raining, snowing, calm, windy, etc; and make sure to remember the description of the specific area. Is it wooded? Flat? Rocky? Once you've got all that down, you're ready to bring in your character!
Bring Them In – Use your knowledge of the setting to bring in your character properly. Make them respond to the setting accordingly. If the terrain is rocky, your wolf won't have a straight run! They'd have to leap and climb over rocks! This portion of the introduction is to make sure your character arrives on the setting with enough of its own flare to let the others know they're there, but not so much so that your character appears as a Despie. You don't want to throw yourself in front of other characters, and dramatic howling isn't necessary.
Describe Them – Yes, you should have your own character profile, but don't simply direct the other writers to that page just so they can see what the character looks like! Describe your character as best as you can! Use the area around your character to help… For example, you can describe your character's pelt by saying The swift breeze causes her coal black pelt to shimmer in the bright sunlight. That way, you're using both Atmosphere, and you're bringing in your character with brilliance!
Don't Forget! – The next set of items below can also be used in your introductions, as they are vital parts of every post in the entire RP!
Posts are supposed to be descriptive and entertaining, and they should have plenty of material for the other writers to respond to.. Otherwise your RP will come to a dead end! These are a few things you should remember to have in your posts. If you have all of these things in every post, it shouldn't be a chore to write more than three sentences per paragraph! You can also use these in your introductions!
Atmosphere – there are things around your character.. Trees, bushes, grass, rivers, lakes, other animals such as squirrels, birds, etc. Bring those into your posts somehow, so it doesn't seem like your character is walking through a black void. Help other writers visualize the setting around your character!
Dialogue - let your character voice its opinions and vocally respond to its surroundings
Thought - you and I both know that your character is ALWAYS thinking something; your brain is always at work.. write down those thoughts to add more feeling to your posts
Use of Senses - your character is more than likely hearing, smelling, feeling, or seeing SOMETHING; there is plenty of post length so that you can show the other writers what's going on around your character. Are there birds singing? Is the wind blowing? Something is happening around you... what is it?
Movement - concentrate on the build of your character. A dainty little female wouldn't trudge around unless she was ill or heavily carrying. She would lightly tap the ground and move swiftly, whereas a large, muscle-bound male would pound the ground with every step and move a lot more roughly. Wolves are graceful and quick, but powerful. And if your character has wings, make sure to express the movement of the wings and how the movement of air affects them...
Personality – Each character should have their own, original personality. Show it off in your posts! Incorporate the personality into everything your character does. If your character is normally harsh and rough, they're not going to bounce around or laugh too much. They would be snappy and tense in everything that they do!
Dreams - If your character is sleeping, there is much more going on than simply snoring and twitching... Your character should be dreaming! Unless, of course, they're knocked unconscious because you don't dream when you get knocked out. Otherwise, fill up your posts about a sleeping character with dreams so you don't bore the other writers to death. Dreams are a perfect way of showing the other writers your character's history if you'd rather not explain it, and it's a much more creative way!
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