|becky has a neg 4 to stealth checks (clank) wrote,|
@ 2018-09-18 07:24:00
|Entry tags:||essay, rp writing|
I think way too hard about RP. Part of it is because I think about all the mistakes I've made in the past games (so many) or times where I've been the annoying player people avoided in a game, and because I've seen other players struggling in the same way.
PICKING/CREATING A CHARACTER: NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
It's slightly different whether you're joining a multifandom or OC game, but I still use the same strategies when I try to decide who to play. Let's talk about that first, and then we'll go into what to do with existing characters you're struggling with.
ANOTHER NOTE ON WANTS, DESIRES AND MOTIVATION
How can you tell if what the character wants is shallow or not? What they want has to say something important about who they are as a character. Let's go back to my sandwich example, because it's silly and I have a weird desire to write an OC with a burrito curse now.
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE: PEOPLE DON'T LIKE SELF EXAMINATION
Humans are complicated. We're instilled with beliefs from our families, friends, religion, community, politics, education. We believe a lot of things. And often times, we can hold simultaneous beliefs that contradict one another. But here's the thing, no one likes to think of themselves as a hypocrite. No one likes to examine their inner paradox. Your character shouldn't be any different.
PICKING/CREATING A CHARACTER: ONCE YOU'RE IN
Okay! So you put a lot of work into your first character in a new game where you didn't know anybody. You weren't sure if you were going to make any friends OOCly, if you were going to get any lines, but you wrote your little heart out and you're starting to meet people. What next??
KILL YOUR OOC HOPES AND DREAMS: SHIPS
Have you ever been in a game, and it's super obvious a player OOCly wants a ship for their character, but the character itself doesn't seem to be able to get a ship? That's a common problem. I've had that problem! I was in a game and OOCly I was like, "Man, I really like this character. I just want her to have lines and a ship would be really fun!"
HAPPILY EVER AFTER IS THE DEATH OF YOUR SHIP
I'm gunna put on my old lady hat here for a moment, because I feel like this is something younger writers who have never been in a relationship struggle with. There's a reason TV shows will milk the "will they or won't they" trope for YEARS and do everything they can to keep two characters that love each other apart.
KILL YOUR OOC HOPES AND DREAMS: NON SHIP LINES
Okay, okay. You aren't even interested in a ship. (Maybe you already have a ship.) So why aren't you getting other lines? Friendships and rivalries and all kinds of fun cool stuff! When you write posts, you want people to reply to them and find some interesting things to talk about with your characters, right? Everyone wants that!
CHARACTER LINE TROUBLESHOOTING
Here are lessons I have learned from characters I've written that did not work.
I tried to pick characters I have some distance from.
TO BE CONTINUED....