• You spoke, and we listened! We have returned with an updated chat that you will notice hovering at the bottom of the screen that can be opened by clicking on 'Chat'. Within this, you'll be able to chat with members in the chatroom, and also send private messages through the chatbar, thus eliminating the need to go back and forth to your messages, your messages will go with you! Yay!
  • We here at RRP have added a new member to our Staff! Be sure to go and congratulate Ignus on their promotion! We love you, Iggy! Thanks for sticking with us! --Rebellion Roleplaying Staff
  • Wanting a new Role Play but feeling a bit shy? Remember we are a family here. Don't be afraid to take the first step, send the first message, and start something new. If you want someone to bounce ideas off of you can always look for us in the Chat, we are here. We love role playing as much as you do.
  • If you are having problems registering please contact Castiel at CastielRRP@yahoo.com.
  • Be sure you follow your dreams always! Unless it is about following a clown into a sewer. Maybe let that one go...
  • Hey, Rebels! We're working on updating our interface, and need to reinstall and find replacements for addons that were unfortunately outdated and incompatible. Please be patient, and we will have it up soon!
  • Check out our new Character Catalogues section!
  • Top RP Sites Top RP Sites Want some more partners? Vote EVERYDAY for us on TopRPsites! Top RP Sites Top RP Sites

What Helps You Write?

Castiel

Angel of the Lord
adмιnιѕтraтor
Offline
Hello everybody!

So I know that as writers we all have our own things that inspire us to write. The point of this thread is to share what we use and maybe others can try different methods out to see what works well for them.

For me, music plays a BIG part in my inspiration to write. Depending on the mood of the RP depends on what kind of music I listen to. Sometimes I just know one song will help me write better so I start off by listening to that one song and then let my iPod do its shuffling thing. I also find that looking at pictures of the character I am writing as helps. Don't ask me why, it just does. Same with just looking at pictures in general when trying to imagine a scene. I especially use this method when the RP I'm writing in is based in a place I've never been to. I also tend to ignore my phone when I'm writing because I don't want any distractions because it'll disrupt my flow. That's just a few methods I can think of right now. What are some of your methods?
 
K

Kalab

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
I’m another that music plays a big part in my inspiration. Like Cas it all depends what I’m writing as to what I listen to. Sometimes it’s a particular artist or other times it’s a particular genre. Sometimes a scene in a movie will inspire a scene in one of my RPs. Sometimes a situation in a book will inspire an idea. I’ll twist them a bit to fit the story and do my best to let it flow onto words.

This is also something I do that is akin to an artist doodling. If My muse is being stubborn, I will write out whatever is in my head plugging the space where my muse would usually flow. It typically doesn’t relate to any current RP and will be just a standalone thing. Maybe it’s a scene or maybe it’s a premise of sorts but I let it flow out of me so that I can get back to replying to my threads. I see it basically like an artist doodling in their art pad until inspiration finds them.

As for distractions, that is a common occurrence in my world. One day I may learn to work around it fully but until then I’ll just keep puttering along. I will say that I have made some progress in that area. lol
 

Castiel

Angel of the Lord
adмιnιѕтraтor
Offline
@Kalab I really like your idea of writing things down if your muse is being stubborn! I'm going to have to try that since Writer's Block is a common thing for me.

Yeah distractions are hard, especially if you have kids. I try to get lost in my own world with my headphones on and such. But even sometimes something as simple as someone in my house moving around can snap me out of my concentrations. I have ADHD also so it's even more difficult and my roommate is very chatty so sometimes she'll be talking a lot which makes it difficult as well. I find I write better at night also, especially once everybody's gone to bed. But I've also always been a Night Owl and my brain works better after the sun sets haha.
 
K

Kalab

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
@Castiel I’m not exactly sure when I started doodling. I remember why though. I was trying to reply to a thread and my mind kept wondering to something else. It was starting to get frustrating so I figured since my mind wanted to stay there then I would write about it. After a couple pages in word I was able to get back on my RP reply and finish it up without a problem. Since then I have done any time I’m having a problem concentrating.

I have a couple chatters around here too. I find it works better for me if the house is vacant or everybody else’s eyes are closed. :)
 
N

NutriNinja

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
For me writing depends on a few factors.

- Mood: If I don't feel well, I often see that my writing goes downhill. Now I'm not saying I'm a superiour writer, but my writing gets even worse than usual when my mood is low.

-Location: I can roleplay anywhere, but I find that the more comfortable my surrounding, the more and the better I write.

-Music: Music is what most people thrive off. I however try to avoid music, as music often conflicts with my mood. The craziest songs can get me down, and that doesn't help anyone.
 
B

BabyBlackBat

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
I fall into the general
concensus of music. What I listen to depends on my muse. I actually have my playlist for Cassandra which is all instrumental. It helps center her since she spent years as a mute and concentrating on reading people.

Most things that are upbeat seem to work when I'm using Barbara, well until I can figure out her own playlist.
 
S

Squishums

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
Music is definitely a big help for me when writing/rping. It's a great release to have good music playing and whatever you're writing - whether it be a personal journal, short stories, a book and/or even roleplaying.
 
X

xavirne

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
Like everyone else, a few different factors influence my writing:
  • My Environment: If things are chaotic, my characters get chaotic. If it's raining, perhaps the setting gets a little dreary. I let the world around me craft the setting and sometimes the mood.
  • Music & My Mood: These go hand-in-hand as my mood dictates my music. If I'm listening to something sappy and sad, odds are the mood and tone of the story will reflect it.
  • Other Fictional Work: We've all done it so there's no point in hiding it. I draw inspiration from other stories, characters, etc. I rarely use something 100% as I like to believe I could 'do it better my way.' As such, I'll tweak settings, characters, events, whatnot to make them match my story, my tone.
  • Events & Personal Experience: Every now and again, I bring something that has actually happened to me into a story. It's rare, but it does occur from time to time.
  • My Dreams: I have some pretty amazing dreams. Rather than let them go to waste, I write them down and use them when necessary. Some of my best RPs grew off a dream I--or a friend--have had.
 
V

Vendethiel

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
I owe everything I have written to music. Without it half of what I have written throughout the years would not be possible.
 
D

Deumeawyn

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
Music is nice. Usually some pagan folk of some sort for my Medieval/Tolkien stories.
I have a couple places at home where I like to write depending on what I'm writing. I sit at the table when I get serious, or on my lounge if I want a bit of comfort. And sometimes sitting in bed.
 
L

Lex

draғтed
draғтed
Offline
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

  • Music: Let's get the cliché out of the way. I like listening to music I feel is appropriate to the scene I'm trying to write when writing it. It really "ties things together" in my head which makes the transition to paper much easier.
  • Motivation: When I WANT to do it, I CAN do it. Sounds dumb and simple, but sometimes you're just not into it and end up white-paging pretty hard.
  • Other Works: It can seem silly but really, pretty much everything and anything, movies, radio, sketches, tv, comedy shows, porn will make me, at random, think of some way in which I could make a story progress, or inspire a partial reenactment in a context that feel allows it, or will just show me a cool character aspect that I decide to explore when I normally wouldn't.
  • My Dreams: My brain is basically a cocaine volcano that's been filled to the brim with LSD when I'm asleep, and it shows in my dreams. Making sense of the nonsense is how I come up with a solid quarter of anything I write.
 
Top