There are those who are wanting to get into roleplaying, but are unsure how to start or maybe how to go by. As an Example, what does a Starter mean or One-liners, Novella, or perhaps some ideas or tricks. You can tell them your story of how you first started out in roleplaying in giving them some sort of feedback.
What Advice do you have for a first timer in roleplaying?
Since it seems, like I don't have anything better to do, I will try to give my own advice. I started with roleplaying, 2-3 years ago and had an one year break, because something other caught my interest. I remember asking for permission to join a roleplay. I was scared. But it was worth the feeling of appreciating something, when I cane home from school. So, you're new on Rorupurei and you want to roleplay? But you're too scared or shy and you don't understand about what the others write?
For Example, what heck is a starter?
Well, it's basically your first post or when two characters interact together for the first time.
A post can have different formats, since it's too a form of writing.
Under a paragraph, 1-4 sentences.
The name explains itself. 2-5 paragraphs.
6 or more paragraphs.
Then you need a thema to write in, right? Though here you can call it genre. Since this is an anime roleplay site and I assume, that you knew that, as you signed up, you probably should know what a genre is. But if you don't:
A genre is can be specific type of something. As Example a film, a writing, music or an anime. Romance, science fiction, comedy and so on.
Since I wrote this down, the information could be somehow wrong. But back to topic, you want to roleplay, but don't know how to find a partner? You can always make a request. I know it's not easy, since you're scared/shy. It's normal to feel that, but this feelings should be not your downfall. No, let them be your motivation. Your motivation to win against them.
Try to make a request. Do you have some preferences? As example, would you like, to write with someone, that writers paragraphs? Or do you enjoy short writing. Do you want to write in a genre you like? Or do you even have an idea? Write it down. There will be probably at least one person, that will reply to it.
Another option would be to join a open roleplay. Just search one roleplay, with a bracket for open. I'll just assume, that you read through the guide and know what I mean. If not, please read the guide. It will make your life easier. (At least I hope.) Found one? It's active and you wanna join it? Ask for permission. As example, write a reply, with a occ note, asking for permission.
Out of Character: You're not writing in your character.
If they say yes, lucky you. If no, don't be too sad. Carry it as experience for the future.
If you wondering what to do with the post, you asked for permission, you can delete it.
That's much it. There is always a thread for private roleplays. (Per PM or Skype...)
I'm not the best person to give someone advice, but here I am.
It's not easy starting and it never will be, but it's worth the damn experience and fun. Everyone is really nice here, they will try to help you, if you ask nicely. (And if they have time.)
Again the information could be for all I know wrong. Feel free to correct me as much as you want.
I dunno what to say that has already been mentioned by emptysnow, but I can say a little.
It is important to know your style when you are roleplaying. Many people have various ways of roleplaying, and you should know what you are comfortable doing.
Here is an example of how I roleplay:
Lashing out he yelled, "Why are you doing this to me?!" Kiven shook his head, repeating the words in his thoughts. Only to come so a sad agreement. They are doing this to me because I'm such a failure He thought. I'm such a bad kid.
Here is a quick, and simple way of rping:
*glomps* I love you so much! *I wonder if they love me this much too, she thought*
You can always add various things, such as :texting: or even [thought]. It's great to have a variety to choose from. Here you can have a few more styles of roleplaying.
When I've started to roleplay it was 10 years ago. When role-playing I'd always think of it as writing a story with another person. Adding to the pages with two mind's instead of one.
Think of it like riding a bike. First you start off slowly, have a bit of help. But after a while you grow independent and feel the need to expand your horizons. This is when you know you're ready to achieve wonderful stoires.
The way I roleplay is I wouldn't make it first person. I'd make it third person. Give direction for the character. Do remember that controlling the roleplay is completely forbidden.
Example of an acceptable roleplay:
Venrin smiled, his eyes giving hope. He crouched beside a young boy who had been crying as if lost; sitting on a park bench. "You'll be alright.." He took a hold of the boys hand to ensure his safe return.
Example of an unacceptable roleplay:
Venrin laughed at the young lad. No place to go? This was simply brilliant. He saw the boy trip and hurt his knee. Which made the boy cry. The boy then went to the nearest person for help. Venrin wiped a tear from his eye, "Oh, goodness. That'll teach him to wonder off."
Let's talk about this unacceptable roleplay for a moment. He forced the action of the other player by having him fall. The rude behavior wasn't actually wrong for a roleplay. But if it's not decided as your character or the topic at hand, it might not let people respond. Without submitting to the bullying.
One main rule of roleplaying is to never God Mode.
This is to control everything withing the rp. If you say something died, then it died.
This is not allowed.
Please remember this as well.
Do not IC and OCC at the same time.
IC: In character
OCC: Out of character
If you have to go because something came up, either go and respond later. Or type in ((Sorry, I have to go.)) to show its out of character.
Pick a Genre you feel you'd excel at. Whether it's romance, fighting, Slice of life. Whatever it may be, write something that you're passionate about. Inspires you.
A good sized roleplay is usually 3 paragraphs long.
Don't feel you need to write this much, when you're first starting out. Just try and think of actions you would normally do. A movement of a hand. The burst of laughter. The tear that runs down your cheek when wind blows in your eye.
Work slowly at first, write the basics.
And remember to leave something at the end of the paragraph that allows your partner to respond.
Dashing through the woods. Venrin felt exhausted and weak. He's been running for minutes on end as he tried to get away. He couldn't think straight; his mind clouded with thoughts of what could happen. He could sense something nearby, someone was after him. He wouldn't give up just yet. He wasn't going down, without a fight. With this, he turned foot to face the other direction. Venrin was ready to take on whatever was after him.
This allows room for the next partner to respond.
Is something chasing him?
Or is it a man trying to return his wallet he left at the diner?
The options are endless.
If you're wondering. A puppy jumps from the shrubs to greet him.
Write a story. Make a friend. Find enjoyment of the little things in life. Be proud of the free range of creativity you've accomplished.
If you ever need assistance, don't be worried that you might be terrible. That's entirely not true.
Everyone starts somewhere. So, don't be afraid to make that first step.
*If you need any guidance. I'd be more than happy to help you on your journey of endless adventure.