Guide: Writing longer posts~ Apr 11, 2012 22:28:58 GMT -6
Post by Shizuka on Apr 11, 2012 22:28:58 GMT -6
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THE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO BIG POSTS AND COLLOSSAL WORD REQUIREMENTS[/color][/font][/center]
it's easy to go a bit crazy when you decide to brave a site that prefers its members to write novel-length posts or have a word minimum over 500. so in just a few short tips, I shall sum up ways to help you out. :]
1. DON'T post when you're tired, grumpy, or you just don't feel like it. Your posting buddy can wait for a few days. You don't want to churn out a half-arsed post that just looks like you were falling asleep at the keyboard writing it. Wait until you're feeling pretty chipper, and even then, when you start to get tired, take a break.
2. Try not to write too much fluff. See if you can write paragraphs according to these points:
- What was your character doing a few days or a day before?
- What were they doing a few hours ago?
- What are their thoughts on the previous two?
- What are they doing now?
- What are they wearing?
- Who are they waiting for (if applicable)
- How do they feel now?
3. Put some of your character's quirks into action. For example, if your character's a candy lover, add some sentences about them getting out some candy and eating it. Or tell us what they're reading or listening to.
4. Be a little random without going overboard. Maybe she's making fun of another girl across the pool wearing a muffin top. Or maybe a bug landed on his arm, and he's secretly deathly afraid of bugs. This is also a good place to put mini-events, like your character getting chased by geese or having to yell at someone. Use your imagination and make something happen.
5. Avoid wordiness. I'm sure you all tend to throw unnecessary words in your essays when you start to get tired of writing them and wish they were over. Don't do it with your posts, either.
6. Try adding a few paragraphs about what your character plans to do afterwards. Maybe he's just resting at the park until his ride comes, or perhaps studying for an exam. Talk about the person you're rping with, too - what they think of each other, what your charrie secretly thinks about the other.
7. Above all, don't push yourself. If you love the plot and everything else about a site, but feel that you just cannot handle shelling out over 500 words per post, don't feel that you have to. You'll find something else that's just as great but with a lower word minimum. There's lots of things out there.
8. Leave the site if the admins or members make fun of you because a post is considerably smaller than theirs. No muss, no fuss.
9. End the post with a little bit of dialogue. Have your charrie talk to herself or other people or animals.
10. Check your words. If you've got enough to meet the requirement, great, no need to go back unless you want to check for spelling errors (which you should). If not, add a little more. Remember, this isn't a contest. I'm all for quality over quantity, but if the board you're on requires big posts, by all means comply to the rules or don't join at all.
And have fun! Rping isn't fun if it feels like a chore. :]
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