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.

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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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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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