The Balance: Ch 1 -Self Questions-

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The Balance: Ch 1 -Self Questions-

PostPosted by MankouZero » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:38 am

Elements of good role play and story writing: Finding the Balance

Some things to consider, questions to ask oneself while typing up a role play story

Setting
-Time-
Is the reader looking into ages past, the exact present, or things that haven't happened quite yet?
-Place
Where are things happening in the story?

Perspective
-Dialogue-
What is being expressed, by the character and writer?
-Observation-
What can the characters see and experience? Also, what can the reader see that perhaps the character(s) cannot?

Gameplay
-Action
What is your character about to do?
-Reaction
What has the other character done, and how does your character interact?

Connection
What does it all add up to? Do you want to reveal it right away, or trudge the reader through a stretched symphonious saga of suspense along the way?

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Ch 2 -The Flow-

PostPosted by MankouZero » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:15 pm

With the above questions in mind, then comes to the point of actually writing out the post. Now, every one of the questions in chapter 1 are important, and I would say they are all necessary to answer in some sort of way in each and every post. There is no need to give them a proper order to how you answer the questions with what you type, though. For instance, you may unveil some connection to the story before the reader has any knowledge of what is happening, then as you progress you make it clearer for the reader the how and why things came about. This is one example of The Flow, how your role play and story begin and progress in a single thread.

-The best way to think of things as you are actually writing is to think of it one thread at a time. I doubt anyone truly has the patience to go at things one post at a time, as it sounds a little more painstaking than fun to put too much thought into one simple post. That, and trying to look too far ahead at each saga at a time leaves way too many variables, namely the key variable which is how your story integrates with that of those you are role playing with.

-A good role play topic has been compared to physical reproduction, (for lack of a less formal euphemism). It is not at all a suggestion to visualize role playing as such, unless you're weird, but rather take into consideration how a good role play thread ends up rather quite similar to how a newborn baby forms. Two different strands of genetic material combine to form a new one, with traits of both parents. Thus should a good role play form as a single story developed from two "plot genomes" from two separate "parent" writers.

-When starting to answer the self questions, do not think of order but how it flows as a story. The very first thread can open in many ways. You may wish to start from the Perspective angle, starting with some witty dialogue OR visual description of what the reader and/or the character sees in the bright early morning, the drawn out after noon rain, or the romantic starlight of evening-what ever flows with the story. Setting can be the first to be answered as well, with the time on the clock as the character smacks the snooze button, or the reader would glance at a clock tower in the city, or just the position of the sun in the sky. One could start with "Long ago in a galaxy far far away..." as well. Whatever the device used, think of the flow. One thread at a time, focusing not on a topic sentence or a thesis as these are formal things not fitting as story telling or role playing devices. Think of the balance, and let the flow progress to your thesis and topic; the story tells all.

-When ending a post, one should not be afraid to end with just dialogue. Some parts of the flow can work better by giving the other opportunity to leap in a further bound with their response, taking the story in a different or changed direction. Action to reaction, or reaction to action. Try to avoid doing action, to reaction, back to more action, or the other way around. Think one thread at a time, and less of how much can be thrown into one post at a time as the combined effort of those role playing with you should be more than capable of writing more simply each post at a time. This works out more efficiently sharing the work of the two plot genomes, producing better story and better flowing role play by thinking it up one thread at a time.

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