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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10 Things I Learned When My Best Friend Got Pregnant In High School

In this world where you can be anything: be a friend (and be a good one).

Life: full of amazing, unforeseen circumstances. How you roll with the punches only reveals your strength.
True friends are like diamonds: bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." -Nicole Richie

I remember when I first heard the big news. I didn't want to believe it. My heart dropped. I was worried for you. What would happen? How would you get through this? Nothing we knew would ever be the same. Our world was about to change forever. I recalled the verse Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." I knew God was with you and would always be. I knew God needed me to be here for you, no matter what.

Turns out, you had this all in the bag. You handled everything with grace and dignity. You were strong even on your hardest days. You were overwhelmed with faith and you inspired me with your perseverance through the hardest times. I could not be more proud of who you became because of the cards you were dealt.

To Meaghan: I love you. I'm always here, no matter where. Hudson is so lucky to have you.

Here's what I learned from you and your sweet baby boy:

1. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the end of the world

Start making plans for the future. Pick out clothes, decorations, and toys. Help with all the madness and preparation. She would do the same for you. Plus, 9 p.m. runs to Toys-R-Us just to buy the baby some socks (because you do not know the gender yet) is always a good idea. You have to focus on the big picture. Life doesn't stop even when you want to.

2. No matter how much you want to freak out, remain calm

Getting unexpected news is never easy to hear. If needed, cry. Cry until you cannot anymore. Then, get up and be strong, she needs you. Be flexible (You want to come over to hang out? Right now? No, I'm not in the middle of ten thousand things, come on over). Be available (yes, even for her 3 a.m. insomnia calls just to see "what's up?") "Meaghan, why are you even awake right now?"

3. Radiate positivity. Always. 

This is an emotional time. The LAST thing she needs is someone bringing her down. "No, honey, you're glowing!" "You do not look fat in that bikini!!" "You are rocking that baby bump!" "Oh, that's your the third day in a row you're eating a Sonic burger for lunch? You go girl!"

4. Be ready for all the times: happy, confusing, stressful, sad, (but mostly) exciting

Mixed emotions are so hard, but look for the silver lining. With your support, she will be strong.

"Who knew picking out the brand of diapers to buy was so stressful?"

5. This world is a scary place. You never want to be all alone, so don't be. 

Like the song says, we, really do, all need someone to lean on. Just being there for someone goes a long way. "Meaghan what the heck are you doing in MY bed? How long have you been here?"

6. Lean on God. His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. 

When you don't know where to go, or who to turn to, pray! Pray for the burdens you feel. Pray for the future. Pray for patience. Pray for the ability to not grow weary. Pray for a heart of compassion. Pray. Pray. Pray.

7. Something we never knew we needed. 

Some of the best things in life are things we never knew we needed. Who knows where we would be without this sweet face?

"Hudson say Lib. Libby. L-- Come ON!" "CAT!" "Okay, that works too."

8. "Mother knows best"...is accurate, whether you believe it or not

Turns out, seventeen-year-olds don't know how to plan baby showers. Our moms have been there, done that. They want to be involved just as much as we do, so let them! Listen to their guidance. After all, they're professionals.

9. There will *almost always* be a "better way" of doing something...but, be a cheerleader, not a critic 

This is something many people struggle with in general, but it is not your DNA, it is not your place to be a critic. Let her raise her own baby. You are there to be a friend, not a mentor. ****Unless she's about to name the baby something absolutely terrible -- for the love of that baby, don't let her name that kid something everyone hates.

10.  At the end of the day, it's not what you have or what you know; rather, it is all about who you love and those who love you

Life has adapted, but for the better. We grew up, learned, and became stronger. All the while, we stayed friends every step of the way. We still have the same fun and most definitely, the same laughs.

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'Seeing Familiar Faces' And 5 Other Things I Never Thought I'd Miss Once I Moved Away To College

Don't wish away your hometown just yet.


College is an amazing era of your life where you can figure out the path you want to explore. I remember being absolutely thrilled to be on my own and wishing away the days toward my independence. It's amazing to realize how different things can be once your living on your own, and it makes you understand some of the small things you never thought would be taken for granted. For me, I've come to realize that a majority of the everyday things I never noticed shaped my image of home. After being away at college for quite some time, here are just a few of the smallest things I've come to miss about my home.

1. Hugs

Do you ever have that one family member that constantly wants to hug you? For me, it's my mom. I would always get annoyed by her constant affection and it never occurred to me that no one in college will be there to give hugs like she will. I know, it's a little dark, but take advantage of the hugs when you can get them. It could be weeks before you get another.

2. Driving

Most colleges won't let you bring a car down during your first year. Although I had the option to bring my car or leave it at home, I chose the latter because I thought it would keep me from driving home every weekend. It SUCKS not having your car on campus. It's like being back to freshman year of high school, constantly texting "Can you give me a ride?" to your friends. Uber and Lyft become your lifelines in college.

3. Early morning sunrises

Sure, sunrises can be seen anywhere you go, but the ones from home are always the most special kind. Every morning on my way to high school, I would watch the sunrise as I drove down the expressway. Now, my classes begin hours after the sun has risen. Lexington has some beautiful skies, but nothing beats the sunrises from home.

4. Local radio stations

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Every morning, on my drive to my high school or work, I would listen to the local radio stations in my hometown. They would have talk shows in the mornings that would always fill me in on the latest news, and the constant jokes and antics would make my entire morning. With no car, I no longer get to hear their prank calls or celebrity updates. Mornings are a lot quieter nowadays.

5. Running into familiar faces

When I would run into people I knew back home, it always sparked some kind of small conversation. I never thought seeing a familiar face out somewhere would be an aspect of home that I would miss so much. Going to an all-new town with all new people is exciting, but that familiarity you found in your hometown is difficult to live without.

6. Local coffee shops


If you're a Louisville, KY native, you know Heine Brothers Coffee is the best place on planet Earth. It's chill atmosphere and calming scents of fair trade coffee beans make it the best study spot. Moving away, however, meant leaving this serene haven behind as well. Starbuck's is a good equivalent, but it will never beat the small coffee shop I spent many afternoons in.

College is definitely a milestone to get excited for, but don't take the small aspects of your hometown for granted just yet. Enjoy what you have and live in the present because one day it may all change.

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