First, it’s freaking awesome that you’re being diverse with your face claim and character choices. The fact that people may not be choosing to play them is a problem in the community and society, not just your roleplay, and there are several debatable reasons for it. Some may feel they don’t relate to certain characters if they aren’t the same race/gender/sexuality, some may be afraid they’ll screw it up or offend someone when attempting to write such characters. Even if it isn’t necessarily your fault that these characters remain open, I think I can offer a few general “do”s and “don’t”s for you to do as an admin to possibly help better your problem. Keep in mind I’m no expert on diversity, and consulting other resources would be wise.
- Do make them their own person aside from their race/sexuality/gender/disability/whatever. Make the character interesting and compelling, and make their bio focus on their personality, motivations, and interests rather than these particular aspects of them.
- Don’t perpetuate stereotypes. Google stereotypes and tropes for Indian people or asexuals or whoever you may be writing, and stay away from those when writing their bio.
- Do make these characters important parts to the progression of the plot. Make them heroes. Don’t fall into the trap of making them “token” or “sidekick” characters.
- Don’t completely ignore their marginalisation. It’s often an important aspect of their background/culture and to not include it in their bio would be unrealistic. That being said, don’t otherise. Just don’t ignore these factors completely. (see these posts: x, x)
- Do advertise the characters specifically. Make bio promo posts and queue them frequently on your promo blog. The more people that see them, hopefully and logically, more people will want to apply for them.
- Do mention your concerns on the main page in an admin note or similar post. Some people might be willing to change their face claim or reconsider their character’s sexuality to better the ratio.
- Do lead by example. Make the character you play a non-cishetwhite person with a disability.
About those other resources I mentioned:
- my diversity, sexuality, gender, and poc tags
- Creating a Safe Space in Your RP
- Researching LGBT+ for Character Building or General Knowledge
- writingwithcolor - great resource for writing POC
- mattwritesthings - awesome blog that often focuses on ableism/disabilities
- POC characters, sexuality, and transgender tags at thewritingcafe
- POC, sexuality, disorders/disabilities/diseases tags at fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment
- POC, sexuality&gender, and disabilities tags at referenceforwriters
- POC tag at thewritershelpers
- skin deep, sexuality, gender, and disability tags at writeworld
- white writers and representation tags at thetrolliestcritic
- poc, disability, gender, and multisexual tags at clevergirlhelps
Great post for rpers out there, and definitely worth a read for other writers out there! Thank you, rphelper!
Anonymous asked: where I can learn to roleplay?
Hello hundreds of roleplay help blogs and roleplayers who follow WriteWorld.
This anon is for you.
Submit resources to us for this anon or message us with the url of a useful roleplay help blog (especially if the help blog is you). We’re counting on your guidance, oh wise Tumblr Roleplay Community. Show us the way.
To get you started, here are the roleplay help blogs WriteWorld follows:
Here are other great roleplay advice blogs that we don’t follow for whatever reason:
And here are a few guides from the Tumblr Roleplay Community:
You’ll notice as you check out these resources that there are hundreds of communities to join and just as many styles of roleplaying. The key is to find the right niche for you!
When in doubt, there is always the “How to Roleplay" tag.
Look for updates to this list as helpful people send us resources. Thank you to contributors in advance, and thank you, anon, for your question!
Hello there, fellow writers (and roleplayers)! The-Hardyest-RPC is hoping to make a list of awesome roleplays on Tumblr, and they need your help!
If you know of a roleplay that focuses on writing (a para-based roleplay) and that provides opportunities for writers to think outside of the box, send Hardy a message and tell them about it!
We’ll post a link to the list Hardy compiles for those interested in getting into roleplaying on Tumblr, but be advised: roleplaying is as fun and challenging as it is addictive! While it is a great way to start (and continue) writing and to meet other writers, it can be an extremely time-consuming activity. You have been warned!
Seriously, though, roleplays are a fantastic venue for writers. You can stretch your writing muscles and try out new styles, genres, and characters. They are interactive, so feedback is constant and focused on keeping you challenged creatively, and they encourage small bursts of writing, which can be perfect for writers looking to hone their craft.
Thank you all for your assistance! We hope you’re as excited as we are to check out the roleplays on the list!
So You Wanna Become an RPCHA
A guide on making a page and getting started in this crazy community.
There are a million out there and more being added every day. With so many opinions, it can all seem a bit overwhelming. You may be wondering, how do I even get started? Inspired by an anon’s request, I’ve compiled this long guide to hopefully, help you not only set up your blog, but give you some advice as you start out on this new and exciting journey that is the RPCHA community.
Disclaimer: I am by no means an expert. I’m just trying to help. There are many ways to go about making a help blog, this is just what has worked well for me.
From our Blogs We Follow page:
Thank you for your question.
Anonymous asked: Your blog is bliss. I wish you gave opinions on RPs.
Why thank you, anon!
To be honest, I don’t even know where I’d begin to give opinions on a RP. I’d probably be like, “Ooo shiny!” and get totally distracted with something silly and minor. Reviews are, in my opinion, best left to the professionals.
Speaking of professionals, if you want a review from RP help blogs that know what they’re doing, check out:
We follow all of these blogs and can personally vouch for them. They are, all of them, truly the best of the best.
Good luck, anon!
I am a fan of role-playing. I think it is a wonderful way to hone skills and continuously write, since other role-players will hold you responsible for keeping up your end of the story.
I am for it, though the other admins may have different perspectives.
What’s my opinion of a group of people who like writing forming a community of writers?
Yeah. I’m for it.
Alright, I was searching through the web for writing tips for a plot, because I’m currently kinda stuck with writing my own for my Roleplay. Anyway, I stumbled across a lot of tips and tricks and decided to make a list of links in case I need them in the future again.
Underneath the cut you will find:
- Novel/Fiction related writing tips for plots
- Roleplay related writing tips for plots (some posts are about Roleplay Games too, but have helpful tips/ideas)
- How To’s by RPH/A/C’s
- And other Roleplay related Links
Beware, there are a lot of links under the read more.
IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1019, THE ISLANDS OF BRITANNIA WERE A COUNTRY WITH AN UNGOVERNED MAGIC.
The Kings of generations past and one particular Queen in the present have not been tolerant of wizarding folk, the strange people who have proved to be like smoke, mysterious and impossible to catch. No one save the wizards themselves know quite how powerful magic is, what it can do, or how it works. Misapprehension runs wild, and where it goes, fear follows.
From those in London plotting the overthrow of those demonic devil worshipers known as Wizardkind to the magical haven of Hogsmeade where a counter-debate is taking place, one aimed at uniting magical being and beast under one banner, there are many caught up in this time of chaos and glory.
At the center are four magical prodigies who have united their talents for the sole purpose of educating young witches and wizards far from prying eyes. This is the story of Hogwarts. The castle is half built and young friends met on the four would-be educators’ travels have been invited to attend as the school’s first students. Dreams have at last come to fruition.
So how could it have gone so wrong?
How could such friendships fail?
The Founding is an advanced Harry Potter Founder’s Era Roleplay with accurate historical events leading to the invasion of England by William the Conqueror and J.K.R. canon, including the legend of the Deathly Hallows. You can find the plot here, open characters here, and our faq here. We’ve also reopened in the last week, meaning new ships, new plots and hopefully your application!
All-American-RPH’s Administrator Boot Camp - Day 1: Finding Plot Inspiration
This is the first in a series of “boot camp” guides I will be posting over the next couple of weeks. Provided that I have time, I plan to publish one per day. Tomorrow’s guide - Finding a Twist.
I often receive messages from people asking me if I can give them ideas for their roleplays. To be honest, these are probably pretty darn high on the list of questions I don’t enjoy to receive, and here’s why:
No one should be telling you what kind of roleplay to make. Perhaps it sounds a little bit backwards, but for your roleplay to be successful, you have to come up with a plot you love, not a plot someone else said they love. If you don’t love your plot, you’re not going to have the motivation to even get it off the ground, and you certainly won’t have the dedication to keep it running for very long. This is just a fact; you have to love your roleplay, so you have to love your plot; therefore, perhaps a more accurate title for this guide would be: “How to Find a Plot You Love.”
Oh. My. God.