Friday, May 16, 2014

Anonymous said: I think fandom-based rping is pretty lame. More power to people who do it but, joint-literature in its purest form should be the creation of entire universes. It should have characters completely unique to those universes. Models over famous actors for sure. Maybe (don't be weird) people from facebook. I used to rp constantly and back in the day total originality and signature beauty is what people prided themselves in. Do you know anywhere like that (a forum?) where I can write again?

Congratulations, this is the first ask I’ve answered in over a year.

Thank you for insulting my personal favorite form of roleplaying. :) Please take your elitist ass out of my inbox and have a nice day.

Sunday, July 7, 2013
moonsilverheretic:

aroleplayersguidetolife:

This is largely a love note to my fellow roleplayers, regardless of if you know me, or if you don’t. I’ve been roleplaying since around the time I was eleven years old, at the time of writing this I’m twenty two. I’ve grown a lot in that time, and I’ve seen a lot, met hundreds of roleplayers in various formats and sites. There’s a few things almost all of us have in common, and if you’ll bare with me I’d like to shed some light on them. Like to explain a few things that eleven years have taught me.
Somedays, people are shitty.
Maybe you’re not getting replies and someone else is, maybe people are just cross or absent minded or absent, period. It’s almost never got anything to do with you. Maybe you did something, but most likely you didn’t, if you’re worried try talking to them. I can’t say this enough, roleplaying is an artform and a community built on words and yet, in our most crucial hours we almost always faulter.
This may be a bit of a weird hobby, but you should never, ever feel ashamed of it.
It’s no different to how mankind has functioned since forever, just, it’s in a different format. Roleplayers are a community of storytellers, of seekers, of people searching for answers through fiction without being content to simply read other’s answers yet wanting the input of more than their own mind. Human culture and tradition was built on the backs of storytellers who whispered tales in the night to keep the monsters away and it’s not going to stop even with all the science and modern technology in the world.
Sending hate, anon or otherwise is never good.
As much as you may hate or dislike someone, just don’t. Roleplaying is a hobby that gives light to peoples lifes where it may seem pitch black most of the time. It’s a release of demons for some, for others a fantasy playground to make everything seem right in the world if only for a little while and shame on you if you think it’s your right to ruin their enjoyment of that, if they’re bothering you, tell them politely or simply ignore them.
A lot of roleplayers have self confidence issues.
They already hate themselves more than you could ever hate them, they think their writing awful even if it’s fucking novel worthy, don’t push them around for shits and giggles or because you don’t like them. They don’t deserve it, and you’re a better person than that somewhere down inside.
You are beautiful. Say it with me now, I (you) am beautiful. Beautiful.
Regardless of how you look, what you wear, your gender, sexuality, taste in music or anything else. You are beautiful, and you deserve to be on this earth, and you deserve to do wonderful, glorious things if you desire them. Haters ain’t got nothing on you. Be brave. Don’t you dare let got of your hopes and dreams.
Never shame anyone for writing smut, or for not.
It’s their choice. No one should be forced into writing what they don’t want too, and equally no one should be shamed because they like writing sex or other related things. There’s nothing wrong with either option, it just depends on the audience, the writers, sometimes even the thread in particular or the characters.
Not everyone writes the same.
This particuarly goes for people who play canon characters, who find themselves caught up in the vicious cycle of this roleplayer plays them better than I do, or they get more replies/asks/etc than I do I must suck. Don’t. You may not be the best, I’ll be honest, but you can only write what rings true to yourself, and some people won’t approve, but some will, and those are the ones that count. As much as people try to make this a popularity contest, it’s not. Write for yourself, then for your partners and if you care at all after that, then you can worry about your fans or followers.
English? (or whatever you roleplay in) Not everyones first language, or even best subject.
Sometimes people make mistakes, if it’s so jarring you can’t work out what they’re trying to say, ask them. They probably want to improve, just be nice about it for heavens sake.
But mostly? Be fantastic to each other. Write what you love, with who you love. Write what excites you. Write what challenges you. Write out your demons or your desires, your death marches or your love songs. Don’t forget to be awesome, and know that I love you. The universe loves you, even if it rarely seems like it. Roleplaying is for fun, with it’s myrad of styles, methods and thousands of players, be a good one. Care about each other, and yourself because, really?
I’m not kidding.
You are beautiful. You don’t need twenty people reblogging a post from you or sending you asks for this to be true, you need to know this or you’ll never be happy in this community. For the two people that say they hate you, chances are there’s another 30 chilling, waiting for you with open, loving arms. Your writing may be imperfect, or not in your first language but it doesn’t matter, just have fun continuing on a tradition we’ve had ever since we could tell the first stories.

((I made a sideblog for things like this, i felt it needed to be said as so many of you struggle with issues of self worth, that I’ve seen, and honestly so do I. So I wrote you all something, it’s not perfect, but nothing is. Please read it, I know it’s a bit long but I think it’s important. Even if I never actually rp with you, or talk much, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. You’re one of us, as well as being another human on this rough road through life, so you matter to me for better or worse.))

moonsilverheretic:

aroleplayersguidetolife:

This is largely a love note to my fellow roleplayers, regardless of if you know me, or if you don’t. I’ve been roleplaying since around the time I was eleven years old, at the time of writing this I’m twenty two. I’ve grown a lot in that time, and I’ve seen a lot, met hundreds of roleplayers in various formats and sites. There’s a few things almost all of us have in common, and if you’ll bare with me I’d like to shed some light on them. Like to explain a few things that eleven years have taught me.

Somedays, people are shitty.

Maybe you’re not getting replies and someone else is, maybe people are just cross or absent minded or absent, period. It’s almost never got anything to do with you. Maybe you did something, but most likely you didn’t, if you’re worried try talking to them. I can’t say this enough, roleplaying is an artform and a community built on words and yet, in our most crucial hours we almost always faulter.

This may be a bit of a weird hobby, but you should never, ever feel ashamed of it.

It’s no different to how mankind has functioned since forever, just, it’s in a different format. Roleplayers are a community of storytellers, of seekers, of people searching for answers through fiction without being content to simply read other’s answers yet wanting the input of more than their own mind. Human culture and tradition was built on the backs of storytellers who whispered tales in the night to keep the monsters away and it’s not going to stop even with all the science and modern technology in the world.

Sending hate, anon or otherwise is never good.

As much as you may hate or dislike someone, just don’t. Roleplaying is a hobby that gives light to peoples lifes where it may seem pitch black most of the time. It’s a release of demons for some, for others a fantasy playground to make everything seem right in the world if only for a little while and shame on you if you think it’s your right to ruin their enjoyment of that, if they’re bothering you, tell them politely or simply ignore them.

A lot of roleplayers have self confidence issues.

They already hate themselves more than you could ever hate them, they think their writing awful even if it’s fucking novel worthy, don’t push them around for shits and giggles or because you don’t like them. They don’t deserve it, and you’re a better person than that somewhere down inside.

You are beautiful. Say it with me now, I (you) am beautiful. Beautiful.

Regardless of how you look, what you wear, your gender, sexuality, taste in music or anything else. You are beautiful, and you deserve to be on this earth, and you deserve to do wonderful, glorious things if you desire them. Haters ain’t got nothing on you. Be brave. Don’t you dare let got of your hopes and dreams.

Never shame anyone for writing smut, or for not.

It’s their choice. No one should be forced into writing what they don’t want too, and equally no one should be shamed because they like writing sex or other related things. There’s nothing wrong with either option, it just depends on the audience, the writers, sometimes even the thread in particular or the characters.

Not everyone writes the same.

This particuarly goes for people who play canon characters, who find themselves caught up in the vicious cycle of this roleplayer plays them better than I do, or they get more replies/asks/etc than I do I must suck. Don’t. You may not be the best, I’ll be honest, but you can only write what rings true to yourself, and some people won’t approve, but some will, and those are the ones that count. As much as people try to make this a popularity contest, it’s not. Write for yourself, then for your partners and if you care at all after that, then you can worry about your fans or followers.

English? (or whatever you roleplay in) Not everyones first language, or even best subject.

Sometimes people make mistakes, if it’s so jarring you can’t work out what they’re trying to say, ask them. They probably want to improve, just be nice about it for heavens sake.

But mostly? Be fantastic to each other. Write what you love, with who you love. Write what excites you. Write what challenges you. Write out your demons or your desires, your death marches or your love songs. Don’t forget to be awesome, and know that I love you. The universe loves you, even if it rarely seems like it. Roleplaying is for fun, with it’s myrad of styles, methods and thousands of players, be a good one. Care about each other, and yourself because, really?

I’m not kidding.

You are beautiful. You don’t need twenty people reblogging a post from you or sending you asks for this to be true, you need to know this or you’ll never be happy in this community. For the two people that say they hate you, chances are there’s another 30 chilling, waiting for you with open, loving arms. Your writing may be imperfect, or not in your first language but it doesn’t matter, just have fun continuing on a tradition we’ve had ever since we could tell the first stories.

((I made a sideblog for things like this, i felt it needed to be said as so many of you struggle with issues of self worth, that I’ve seen, and honestly so do I. So I wrote you all something, it’s not perfect, but nothing is. Please read it, I know it’s a bit long but I think it’s important. Even if I never actually rp with you, or talk much, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. You’re one of us, as well as being another human on this rough road through life, so you matter to me for better or worse.))

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Anonymous said: Hi, I'm in this role play where my character is a detective and my partner's character is the culprit. I was just wondering, should I put the details of my character's investigation or just gloss over it? A possible problem that I see here is that there is a good chance that interactions between our characters would be very sparse. What do you think?

This is a hard one to call, since I don’t know the details of the roleplay. Ordinarily I’d say go ahead with it, but if it’s going to be so much fluff that prevents interaction between your characters, maybe trim it down. After all, a roleplay isn’t much fun if it’s just one person talking to themselves! Try asking your partner, see what they think.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Anonymous said: So, I just joined this roleplay group. At first, I shipped my character with somebody's character, and I told them that (as it turned out, the feeling was mutual). But then later, their grammar and punctuation wasn't really all that good and they almost never wrote anything that could the plot along nicely. And now, I'm starting to ship my character with somebody else's character, but I don't want the first person (the one with the bad grammar) to get upset. What do I do?

While I never encourage lying to your partners, this may be one time you don’t want to tell them your motives. Sometimes characters fall in love with other characters, it’s natural progression. Try to gently bring up the idea of your character being with or pursuing the other character- they don’t have to they’re at fault for it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

only-a-servant said: I have been roleplaying for as long as I can remember and I have improved greatly. However, no matter what I do, I have the hardest time starting roleplays when I leave an open starter. When I finally do get one started, the other person always seems to drop the roleplay. I am at a complete loss, any tips?

I wish I could help you with this one, but I have the exact same problem. :(

It’s just a matter of diligence- keep trying and the right partner will eventually come along. It’s hard not to get discouraged, but don’t give up.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

catsushikahokusai said: Hi I'm new to roleplaying and I was thinking of starting to do some :) but I'm a little confused - when doing paras, like longer stories with other people in the AU, how to you get the story so it's in the right order? When I go on other members' profiles, the stories are all mixed up and I can't tell what comes first, etc. Can you help me??? Thanks

I’m…not entirely sure what you mean? Do you mean like…some of the group has interacted more than others?

I guess you could ask some of the group to form a timeline and get everything straightened out. It can get a little confusing if two or three people run off with the plot and leave everyone else behind.

Anonymous said: For some reason, I always feel awkward when I send someone a message about starting a para and no one replies to my open paras. Could you give me some tips on how to start a para/when it's appropriate to start one?

The only advice I can give you is to not feel so awkward about sending those messages. I know it feels weird, but it really is one of the best ways to get a para started.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Anonymous said: this is kind of a different question but, my girlfriend and I used to rp together before we started dating but we'd pretty much stopped rping together shortly before we started dating. but now I miss writing smut with her, would it be weird to ask her to write with me again? sorry if this doesn't really fit with your usual questions but I didn't know where/who else to ask..

No, this is alright to ask! Asking an old partner to start again is always awkward. But if you two are dating, it means you’re on good terms, so if you talk to her about it, I’m sure she’d be happy to start up again! Just bring it up casually, about how much fun you had, see if she wants to ease back into it. It can be an excellent bonding experience. :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Anonymous said: I don't really get the whole role playing thing without sending asks. I've just started and I am only really interacting through ask boxes. How does it work not through the ask box?

If the two of you are in a mutual follow, you could simply post a starter, and reblog it back and forth with your replies. If you’re not in a mutual follow, post the starter and tag it with their url (which they should be tracking), and proceed from there.

Friday, May 10, 2013

missy-cessy-deactivated20130601 said: My character is really antisocial and kinda bitchy to the people she talks to, as well as being stuck up. It's a little boring playing her, but I know I have to stay IC. How do I make her any friends?

It’s always rough trying to make friends as an unfriendly character. Just remember that you are in control of her, not the other way around! It may be a little out of character, but see if she can be just a smidge friendly to someone- find some common ground, find her soft spot. Go, go, character development!