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Aerden [userpic]
Writing and RP

Writing: I begin to understand why I don't like role-playing games as much as I like writing. In writing, you can test something, see whether it works, and if it doesn't work, you can revise. In an RPG, you are stuck with what you wrote, even if it turns out to be stupid and doesn't work at all.

I hate writing things which turn out to be stupid which then have to remain stupid for all time.


I think this is why I don't do RPGs. I hate sounding stupid.

This is coming from a person who edits her writing as she is writing it, because she can't stand typos or spelling errors.

Ardys--LOL! I edit as I write, too! NaNoWriMo is hell for me--which is why I don't do it anymore. I might as well spend a month producing 10,000 words of good, solid writing than 50,000 words of crap.

If I were smart, I would stop participating in RPG's altogether and devote the time to working at achieving professinal quality. The realization that this is probably what separates the professionals from the wannabe amateurs is frustrating.

I want to have my cake and eat it, too. *sigh*


sp hogwarts was the first rpg that i'd ever done and i hated how stupid i sounded so that's part of the reason i quit, but i do miss it. I just don't think I have the ability to write a complex character.

Some of the things I had Seth do in sphogwarts were so stupid and asinine, I'm embarrassed. And it kills me that I can't go back and fix them. RPG is supposed to emulate real life; you're supposed to roll with the punches. The problem is, it isn't real life. RPG has a plot and characters. It's supposed to be a story. Stories have to work and be logical, and you have to know what's going on. But in an RPG you don't always know what's going on, because it is in the interest of other players' plots to keep some things a secret, so they'll be neat surprises later.

I prefer to write something that I feel is well-crafted, and I don't like to feel as if I'm just muddling through. That's so frustrating.

I'm noticing that, in Two Alleys, I'm tending to write a lot of things solo, just so I can get the story told the way I want to tell it and so I can have my characters act the way I know they're supposed to act.

Don't sell yourself short on SPH. You were what, 17? 18? When I ws 17, I was writing godawful melodramatic vampire stories which had no plot. I don't think your writing was any worse than mine was when I was that age. And like I said, some of my own SPH writing was just dorky.

If you want it badly enough, the characters will come, and they'll be complex. They'll have bits of your own experiences and feelings in them, and they'll amaze you. Just give yourself some time.


Perhaps someday I'll rejoin another rpg that is Harry Potter related, but right now I don't have the will or the time to devote to it, so I'd rather do it when I do have that time. I've been interested in a Harry Potter sorting community lately, so I think I'm going to give that a shot over the summer. You get to be yourself, but in the Harry Potter world, so I think that'd be easier for me right now :)

Oh, neat!! I like that idea. Which House would you go into? I'd want to get in Ravenclaw. (g)


Well, you fiill out this application and then all the members place you. You can't push for a house or they won't let you in. So, it really depends on what they think. I've always been a Ravenclaw, so I'm hoping I show that quality and get into Ravenclaw.