4 Reasons You Should Start A Roleplay Blog As A Prose Writer

4 Reasons You Should Start A Roleplay Blog As A Prose Writer

It's more than just make-believe.


Or even if you just want to improve your writing in general. Before you ask, yes I do roleplay- on Tumblr, I run two different RP blogs for two different muses (the character you write/perform as). You could say I like to spend a good chunk of my free time on my laptop on social media then. But even if roleplaying does sound like a nerdy hobby, it's literally the reason I feel that my writing has improved so much- unlike other writing hobbies, roleplaying isn't just a writing, it's also an act of socializing and of storytelling.

1. You get better at writing in general.

And unintentionally too. When you write a response you figure out quickly what makes up a good response, what will make your partner want to respond back. A good roleplay reply, although crystallized into a few paragraph teaches you the essentials of good narrative- action, dialogue, grammar, strong characterization. At least for me, learning the essentials is really a matter of doing, not reading through a textbook. The best part is that since it's a partner activity you don't have to carry the story alone- you write it up with other people. And if you love your character enough, you'll want to do them justice with every response you write.

2. You make friends. Writer friends.

They may not necessarily be published authors, but some of the best writers I've met actually came from roleplaying with them on Tumblr. And when I became friends with them, I actually studied their writing styles and tried to incorporate some of their style into my own. For example, there's this one roleplayer who uses pop culture references in their character's dialogue- their character is absolutely hilarious to read because of the dialogue used. That and I've met some of the sweetest people in different parts of the world thanks to Tumblr roleplay.

3. You start to form healthy writing habits.

Have you ever looked at a blank sheet of paper and just freaked out? I do- whenever I start a long writing assignment, it intimidates me because I will think about how many pages I have to fill up. A typical roleplay response, on the other hand, is usually just one to two paragraphs, which is a lot less intimidating. And if you like your muse a lot, it's not hard to start writing either and eventually, that translated to everything else I started writing. I started roleplaying on Tumblr when I was sixteen years old. At the time, I had also been taking a class with a teacher who was 'guaranteed to make my writing better'. Out of the two, honestly, RPing on a daily basis made me less scared of putting words down on paper.

4.It's fun.

This should be a given. Writing can be a lonely career. Writing prose can be tedious and at times boring, but when you start feeling lonely and burnt out, that's where roleplaying can help. It doesn't just give you a chance to improve and show off your writing skills, it also gives you a community of like-minded people as well as a support network. That and there's nothing better than logging into your roleplay account and seeing that a partner has responded to your roleplay response or that someone new has responded to your open starter.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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I Can't Stop Freaking Out About My Future–I Just Want To Be Successful, IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!

I know that I'm not alone in this feeling


Lately, I have been in a slump. Maybe it's the time of year, or it's just the fact that we are kind of in that 'quiet time' before the spring semester starts. But still, I'm in a slump.

With only having three semesters of college left, let alone being almost 75% done with my college career is really scaring the crap out of me. It honestly feels like ten minutes ago I was eagerly packing away my things and heading off to college. Well, now that those days are going to soon come to an end, I (and basically everyone too) can't stop freaking out about their future.

I see tweets all the time that say "you will find love, you will find that job" and other emo garbage like that. Obviously, it is a lot easier said and done when these things actually come into play. But I also to feel like posts like that give the individual the illusion that things will just...you know...happen...which isn't true at all. If you want them, you have to make them happen.

So back to I guess relating this to my title is that I want my future that I envision. I want success and to achieve all my dreams so badly that it hurts. Sometimes I feel like I am throwing myself into almost panic-mode because I am so worried that I won't ever get what I want, but then it actually pushes me harder.

Yeah, I can't stop freaking out about my future and that I think its kind of a good thing. If you didn't worry about it, then you don't care. And when you are focused on what you want, with the drive and passion that you have engraved in you, you WILL achieve greatness. So don't ever feel bad about freaking out about your future. You aren't alone at all, trust me.

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