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GUIDE WRITING ROLEPLAYING Writing a Roleplay Post

Discussion in 'Inspiration' started by Divinatas, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. WRITING A POST
    Posting in the roleplays is where all the fun happens. That is how you interact with other characters, develop the plot, and become engrossed in exciting stories. Your posts do not have to be novel length, written like beautiful prose, or be an author’s best seller. However, without enough content in your post you will leave other players uninspired or unable to post replies, simply because they have nothing to reply to and build off of. Ultimately leaving you with a go-nowhere roleplay.

    Remember: In a forum roleplay, “one liners” can hinder progression of the story. You are trying to create a scene and atmosphere. Helping the other players imagine and see what is happening by using words. Without this atmosphere the roleplay becomes uninteresting and boring to other players.

    Things that can be described in your posts:

    Appearance: Your characters looks like, facial expressions, clothing.
    Scenery: Where is your character. In a room? Outside? A garden? Jail?
    Scents: The sweet aroma of flowers, or the rotten stink of bad breath?
    Thoughts: Are they thinking of something private? Profound?
    Feelings: What kind of emotion is driving them at that moment? Love? Hate? Sadness?
    Actions: Are they walking, talking? Taking a run? Moving across the room? Picking up a book?
    Dialogue: Are they speaking to themselves, or to another in the room? Praying to a god, or singing to a pet?

    You don’t need to put all of the above things in to a post to make a good one. But a combination of them can give you that added oomph to give a good idea about what’s going on with your character. Here are a few more tips:

    It’s not about the length of the post, but the content of the post!
    Meaning: You can write several paragraphs, but if it’s all talking about a butterfly sitting on a fence, that has nothing to do with your character or give something to the story of the roleplay... then it’s useless fluff. Equally, a single line or paragraph might eliminate useless fluff - but it may also lack content that progresses the plot.

    When posting, consider this: “Does this post add something to the story? Does it display a tidbit about my character, hint at a connection in the plot, or help move the scene forward?”

    Get your character involved with others.
    Roleplaying is all about interacting with other characters. Standing in a corner somewhere talking to yourself is not roleplaying - it’s solo writing. Find a way to get your character involved with others. Put them somewhere they can run in to other characters, accidentally stumble in to a Plot, or simply create action that might draw other characters to you.

    Use standard English and grammar.
    Players need to be able to READ and understand your post. User proper grammar, such as capitol letters, punctuation, quotation marks and spelling. Internet shorthand is a big no-no. Anyone outside of elementary school should know how to write a proper sentence - so use your knowledge! You don’t need perfect skills, but it’s important that people can understand what you’ve written.
     
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  2. Another point worth consideration is that your opponent can't see into your mind, which means it is often counterproductive to share your character's thoughts. Additionally, you will find yourself padding the post with motions or expressions that would not be noticed in normal interactions; don't do this: it adds verbosity without helping the scene.

    On the topic of descriptions, remember that brevity is your friend. If you can provide a concise description using colloquially idiomatic vernacular you will dramatically increase the engagement of your audience, as well as the reach. Remember: purple prose is never a good idea.

    In short, think about your post as though an English teacher was going to review it. Remove redundancy, strive for simplicity, engage in wordplay but not to excess, and keep in mind the central tenet of excellent writing for centuries: Brevity is the soul of wit.

    In brief: Be succinct, describe only what is needful, and make your post something people will want to read rather than something they are required to read.