8 Reasons You Should RP (and not the kinky kind)

Howdy folks,

Now I love my fandoms, and I also love my writing. I used to write fanfiction a LOT, until well I discovered that Roleplay was a thing. Usually talking about this to people in public is frowned upon, mainly because most people hear the ‘R’ word and their heads go straight to Fifty Shades of Grey, and/or BDSM stuff. And that’s great if you’re into that kind of thing, but that’s not the ‘R’ I’m talking about.

Roleplay for most people, is where you take a character (of your own creation, or of someone elses – please be careful if you do this), and then you act as that character in a typed format, and interact with other people who are also interacting as other characters. Still with me? Good.

Once you start the improv, it usually leads to a very cool, very indepth story-like piece of writing that the two (or more) of you are creating. You can be as descriptive as you want to be, and you can do whatever the hell you want in it too.

So why should you do it?

Well….

1. Improves Writing Skill

  • If you paragraph RP (this is usually where you’re really descriptive with replies, and explain the actions of your character, what they’re seeing and hearing etc.) then this improves your writing skill and knowledge. When you’re writing you think about the information the other person needs to know is happening, for them to write a response back to you and share the same creative space as you. Which is pretty cool.

2. Meet Awesome People

  • A part from a few bad eggs, the community is super helpful and there’s always lots of writing tips, and several people willing to give you critique if you ask them. Plus if you find someone you really really enjoy writing with, most of the time they’ll want to write with you again and a beautiful write relationship blossoms.

3. You Understand Dialogue

  • Single sentence RP – gives you a better understanding of dialogue. You would think that because you interact with people everyday, you’ve got dialogue nailed down pretty solid, right? Think again. This is something I’ve learned through my years of Roleplaying. Dialogue needs to flow smoothly, but also needs to sound realistic and in character. If you roleplay you’re more likely to learn this faster, I can guarantee you.

4. It’s Fun!!

  • You can do any type of story you want; humour, crack, drama, romantic, whichever! And there’s no limitations, there’s no-one telling you you’re doing it wrong (although this can happen, and those people need to keep their heads in their own stories), and you can literally create any world you wish. Which is AWESOME.

5. Learning Improv

  • A few times people will throw random starters at you, or random storylines, and whilst that seems scary at first – a, you don’t have to reply, and b, it’s actually pretty awesome. Improv is one of my favourite ways to roleplay because you have no idea what the other person has planned for the characters, and how your character is going to react. It makes you think up stuff on the spot, and you can usually get some pretty dramatic or funny storylines out of it.

6. Boosts Creativity

  • Interactions with “real life” characters where they talk back at you helps boost creativity. Not only that but you’re constantly thinking of different situations and scenarios that could happen to your characters, as well as how that’s going to affect not only your character, but the person that you’re writing with.

7. Helps To Understand A Character

  • If you’ve created the character yourself, roleplay helps you understand them a lot better. It helps you get under their skin, see what makes them tick. This is super duper helpful if you’re writing a novel, but remember not to post too much publicly about your character, you don’t want anyone copying them, or stealing ideas.

8. Importance of Backstories

  • This is specifically aimed more towards people who are likely to have an OC (original character). You’ve got a character? That’s great. But why are they the man/woman that they are today? What got them to this point? Not sure? ROLEPLAY IT! It’s fun, and interesting, and helps with all the above points previously mentioned.

I hope this post has been informative as well as inspirational. If you want to Roleplay, just go on the nearest social media website, or website that’s been specifically designed for this type of thing. Set up a profile, and get going!

Have fun 🙂

 

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