Are you having trouble getting/keeping RPs? Do people complain about your spelling, grammar, or punctuation? Is English not your first language, and you feel you're not as fluent as you could be? Want to build your vocabulary and flex your writing skill? Or do you just want to help out others who might need guidance to improve?
When you want to get better at something, the main way to do so is to practice, practice, practice, and RP is a great way to do that - but can be difficult if your partners aren't interested in correcting you so you can learn from your mistakes, or if partners drop you because of your writing level. I want this to be a group RP for those who want to get better at writing within the context of an RP, complete with advice and critiques for improvement, and kind-hearted, patient people willing to volunteer to help them.
I want this to be fun, so I'd love to get input from people about what kind of game they would like best before starting. The game will certainly be LGBT-friendly, and if I get a lot of people who have severely contrasting tastes and we can't quite agree on a single story that everyone can agree on, we can split it into smaller stories.
Though this game is clearly for people who want to improve, and I won't impose strict skill requirements, all I request is that you genuinely try to learn from your mistakes and show improvement. If someone consistently refuses to accept advice and shows now sign of improvement after a reasonable amount of time, they may be asked to leave the game. Please join only if you are serious about improving, or are serious about helping others improve.
So far what I'm thinking is that, aside from story threads, there will be an OOC thread for chatting, and Ideas thread for brainstorming, and a Corrections and Critique thread for having your posts analyzed, mistakes corrected, and writing rules you may have broken explained. So we won't be able to start until we get at least four people, but hopefully there will be more interest than that
If you are interested, post here, and perhaps give your input as to the kind of story/stories you would like to see worked into the game! It's wide open right now. Please let me know if you want to volunteer as a 'teacher' or if you're joining as a 'student' as well.
Here are some rules laid out:
- Make an honest effort. No joining, getting critiqued, and refusing to do your part to try and improve. You can only get better if YOU want to.
- No being mean if you're going to correct someone. If you're going to critique, do so in a constructive way, explaining what was done wrong and how to fix it.
- No getting mad about being critiqued. If you can't handle someone going over your writing with a fine-toothed comb and telling you everything you messed up, perhaps you shouldn't join.
- No walls of text. Even if you're not sure exactly where paragraph breaks should be, add some, it makes it easier to absorb your posts. When someone critiques you, they can help you out with paragraph breaks.
- Edit your RP posts after being critiqued to reflect the corrective notes you received.
Interest? Questions? Comments? Feel free to post below.Story Brainstorming
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We should probably start thinking of some kind of story or setting at least, so people have some idea what kind of game this might be. A modern, non-fantasy setting might be easiest, but it might also be a bit boring, so we should decide exactly how 'normal' we want to make it.
We also need to consider a setting that would allow a diverse group of people to interact, and right off the top of my head some kind of school setting came to me. A prep/boarding school (everyone 16+ of course) or college of some kind allows for a great deal of diversity, since people from all different backgrounds and types could conceivably go to the same school. If anyone else has any other ideas, however, feel free to weigh in.