When people hear that I help run RPL as well as write 18 characters in addition to real life hassles, they tend to back away slowly. I'm not sure if they're waiting for my insanity to jump on them like a flea, or if they worry for my own health. Other times, I get the "Omg I could never do that!" reaction. Many ask how I do it. So, since we're exposing all kinds of tips and tricks here today, I figured I would share mine.
First, you may be wondering what LiterarySocial is. It's my website for authors, agents, illustrators, publishers and book readers. All of those are essential to the literary world and to you if you want to get your book published.
Much as in real life, communication within RP is essential. Not just communicating with your mate, but with others whom you are writing with. For some reason there seems to be a lack of this which leads to frustration, hurt feelings, muses going silent, conflict, and relationships of every kind getting utterly destroyed. This is easily prevented by simply talking to one another, but for some reason this just doesn't seem to be happening behind the scenes as much as it should. There are several areas where communication is vital: Time, Plot/Planning, Storyline Flow, and Relationships. We’ll take each of these on in turn.
There are few things that bother the admin more than seeing someone make so many mistakes and then complain that they have no one to write with or can't find any friends. We've learned from experience that sticking our nose in usually results in the person blowing up on us, and not realizing that we were trying to help them. Roleplaying is a lot like real life in certain ways. Say you go to a small get together at a local coffee shop. Standing in the door, you see one person crying their eyes out, being awkwardly consoled by their circle of friends. Some of whom are rolling their eyes because this happens every week at this place. You turn in another direction.
As site admins, we are constantly asked how people can get more roleplays going, how they can get more friends, how they can increase their visibility on the site.
The thing is, it really depends on how much you are willing to put yourself out there and honestly, how badly you want the interaction. There are endless options, and each are different but good in their own ways. Each requires patience and actual effort though, as well, which is what many don't realize when they first start here on RPL or really any type of social networking site.
Writing in groups vs writing solo is something that everyone wonders about. In a group you have others to write with and depend on to be there for a post. But, what everyone doesn't realize is that writing solo actually can help you grow as a writer. It allows you to look back at yourself and see the changes that you made as you wrote your story.
I have been role-playing since the long ago and far away year of 2010, and in that wonderful scattering of years, I have learned a few tricks for role playing success along the way. One of the best things you can do to assure the most successful role-play is to present incredible characters; characters that capture the attention and affections of the reader and simply refuse to let go. In my time in the magical realm of fantasy, I have created many different characters; some original and some borrowed from my favorite television shows or books (ie Lestat de Lioncourt). The key to any good story is strong characters, of course, and the key to strong characters is to create them with time, effort, love and originality (even if the character is someone from the television or the pages of a book). What follows is a few tips I have found help me make very strong characters.
In roleplay, you will commonly find people stating that they are epic, or multi-para. Many say they don't work with one-liners. But for some of us starting out, we have zero idea what that means in terms of roleplaying in general, or which are most often used. Fear not, the RPL Staff are here to attempt to clear the waters. (Or, muck them up a bit more, we can never be certain *grins*)
What is roleplay? How do I roleplay?
That is a hard question to answer, as roleplaying means different things to different people. For some it's a hobby. For others it is an escape from real life. For even more, it's a stepping stone to novels and publishing.
Sometimes, the world needs people to do what is right, not what is easy. My life has never been easy, so it seemed natural to me to simply do what was needed. This is the story of RPL, as I was asked to tell it by Blaze Carriot :)