Sorry if this is late, I’ve been away a lot lately. But of course, darling. I actually have a list of character secrets, you can find that here.
Personally, it depends on my mood and how much time I have to roleplay, as well as how many roleplays I’m in at any given time.
Usually, in original roleplays, interesting characters that are well written draw my eye. However, I also look for a plot that excites me and that I would want to play. Plots that can extend to a certain amount of time are also something that I look for. Contact with an admin prior to applying is usually a huge factor as well, if I have a question and it is answered in a very polite manner, I’m more likely to join a roleplay. Likewise, admin responses to messages on the main page factor in. Decent graphics and a well organized theme usually will keep me looking at a page longer as well. There are quite a few things that every roleplayer looks for in a roleplay, but I think it all comes down to a game that roleplayers can conceivably play out and enjoy playing, with characters that they would enjoy playing and interacting with.
If you click on your “posts”, there is usually a little blue box for every time someone reblogs or replies to you. Just as it shows up on your dash, it will show up there. That’s usually how I keep track of who has replied to me or reblogged our conversation. If you’re not quite sure what this means, I can try to explain it more and provide some screencaps.
If you are just trying to keep track of starters, perhaps ask your admin to implement a starter tag policy, where all of the starters would have to be tagged with a certain tag, such as “roleplay name starter”. That usually makes it easier for all players to keep track of starters and reply to some that may not have been seen at an earlier time during high traffic on the dash.
Unfortunately, I don’t remember the exact method, it was a lot of trial and error, and for some reason that I still don’t understand, it only works on certain themes. You have to go into the HTML of your theme and place code in certain parts of it. I used this tutorial, but I think I messed around with it a bit to actually get it to work. I think I also referred to this tutorial, but I didn’t factor in the ask box part.
I generally set promotional blogs to post every hour or so. If you are in a tag that does not post very often, however (such a ship specific tag like “faberry rp), you might want to post less often. If you are in a fandom tag that gets a lot of traffic, though, you may want to post more often (such as in the “glee rp” tag). In the general “rp” tag, though, I would say every hour is a safe queue timer.
The biggest thing I can tell you to do is to not let this get to you. I remember when I first lost a role, and it was one of the most terrible feelings, but I kept applying to places and getting into roleplays and it was fine.
Sometimes, the issue might not necessarily be the quality of your writing. Your writing could be exceptional but just not exactly what the admin is looking for in regards to the character that they wrote or for the plot they want to play. If possible, try asking the people that rejected your applications if there was a particular reason that they did so. Remember that admins all have different ideas about what is “good” writing, and that it is sometimes not an objective view.
If you really feel that the issue is with your writing, consider doing a few writing exercises or projects. Look for writing prompts and try to do one each day, just to stretch out your writing muscles. If you typically write one type of character, try writing a different type of character, or try writing a new situation that you haven’t written before.
Ultimately, just remember that most people have a lull in their writing or roleplaying, and that rejected applications to happen. It can be very discouraging, but remember that you were accepted into roleplays before for a reason, and that you might just need to send in applications to a few more roleplays before you find that one that you really fit in, and it will be worth it. If you love roleplaying, don’t give up something you love because a few admins didn’t think that your particular application was what they were looking for. It’ll be okay, and if you are still having difficulties, come back here and I would be glad to help you out in any way I can.
If you have not already, create a separate account specifically for 1x1 roleplaying. Set up that account with plots that you would like to play, links to previous accounts (if you feel that would be beneficial), and samples of your writing. Then, all you can do at that point is advertise on your account. Post your plots every now and then and tag them with 1x1, rp, 1x1 rp, 1x1 roleplay, and maybe 1x1 rpg. Follow a few other 1x1 accounts. If you are roleplaying a fandom specific ship, perhaps tag it with that as well.
If you have been advertising and still have not had any luck, perhaps look through the tags mentioned above and apply to another 1x1 account’s plot, you may not fill one of your specific plots, but if you are accepted, you will have a partner that may be willing to play one of your plots in the future.
Personally, when I was looking for a 1x1 partner using these methods, it took me quite a long time advertising and searching for a 1x1 partner before I found anyone, so sometimes it is important to be patient. I realize that it can be frustrating and discouraging when you wait for quite some time, but it will be worth it in the long run when you can find someone to roleplay with.
I used to have Mozilla Firefox installed on my laptop, with the extension Download Helper. With that, you can download websites from most sites. I think that there may be some type of extension for chrome, but I have yet to download it since I reset my laptop.
This depends on each individual roleplayer, as some roleplayers feel more comfortable joining an established roleplay because they think that it offers stability and is less likely to close down quickly, while other roleplayers feel more comfortable joining brand new roleplays because they are just getting started and they don’t have to break into pre-established plots or relationships. I don’t personally have a preference, it really depends on the roleplay itself, whether the plot is interesting, and the likelihood that I will be capable of playing in that roleplay (whether that means an established roleplay that I feel comfortable joining without worrying that it will be difficult for my character to enter, or whether that means a new roleplay that seems like it will be around for a while and have a good amount of plot).
It’s not awkward at all, I think we all tend to hit writing blocks or lulls in our roleplaying, and we just need motivation to kick our muses back into gear.
Personally, while I believe that it can be useful to expand your vocabulary, sometimes I think that it is perfectly fine to use “simple” words, if you feel that they convey what you are trying to say properly. Looking up words and trying to pluck out certain words and replace them with different ones, just for the sake of using more complicated words, actually may disrupt the flow of your writing rather than help.
I started a new blog specifically for writing help a few months ago that isn’t up just yet (meaning that I haven’t shared the link), but I will be posting a new word there every day. My advice to you would be to follow blogs such as that one, get e-mails sent to you with a daily word from dictionary sites or other sites that provide a word a day, and just try to use those words in every day situations. If you embed those words in your vocabulary and really understand how to use them, they will likely come easily to you as you are writing, and it won’t feel awkward to go around looking through a thesaurus to beef up your roleplaying responses. Ultimately, though, I would say to go with the flow, so to speak. Sometimes it is better to read someone’s response when there are not random words interspersed throughout the piece that don’t quite fit.
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