Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character’s height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy?
2. How old is he?
3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch?
4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities?
5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid?
6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror?
7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred?
8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style.
9. What color are his eyes?
10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features?
11. What are his chief tension centers?
12. What is the character’s wardrobe like? Casual, dressy, utilitarian? Bright colors, pastels, neutrals? Is it varied, or does he have six of the same suit?
13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them?
14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences?
15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando?
1. What does this character’s voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse?
2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate?
3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics?
4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency?
5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations?
6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words?
7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change?
Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart?
2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate?
3. Describe the character’s thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical?
4. What kind of education has the character had?
5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about?
6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert?
7. Describe the character’s temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven?
8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic?
9. Is he more likely to act, or to react?
10. Which is his default: fight or flight?
11. Describe the character’s sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks?
12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them?
13. What moments in this character’s life have defined him as a person?
14. What does he fear?
15. What are his hopes or aspirations?
16. What is something he doesn’t want anyone to find out about him?
1. Describe this character’s relationship with his parents.
2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like?
3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can’t stand?
4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them?
5. Who is/was the character’s best friend? How did they meet?
6. Does he have other close friends?
7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people?
8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends?
9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once?
10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse?
11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest?
12. What does he look for in a romantic partner?
13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any?
14. Does he have any rivals or enemies?
15. What is the character’s sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale?
16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him?
17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits?
1. Do you know your character’s astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type?
2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life?
3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it?
4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent?
5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them?
1. What is the character’s financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt?
2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him?
3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others?
4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on?
5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else?
6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time?
7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods?
Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite:
3. Time of day?
This is an old post of mine, but I decided to make it rebloggable as others may find it useful as well.
Anonymous asked: I’m in a very very good roleplay and I feel seriously insecure. I typed up a self-para once and didn’t dare to post it. I’m really afraid that the people there would judge me because their English is just so good and I’m… not. It was a shock to get accepted and my activity’s low because of this fear. What can I do and do you have any tips? Thank you.
I understand you so very well. Feeling insecure in the company of other writers or roleplayers is something I’m fairly sure most of us have experienced at one point or another. There are a few pieces of advice I can think of right off the bat.
The admins accepted you for a reason
This is probably the most important thing I can tell you. Admins usually know what type of people they are looking to have in their roleplay, and everyone is accepted for a reason. If they had thought you weren’t good enough, or that you weren’t up to par with the other roleplayers, they most likely wouldn’t have accepted in the first place. Trust their judgment, as they should know their players better than anyone else.
Don’t compare yourself to others
This is easier said than done, really, but still an important point. There are times when writers compare themselves to ones they consider better or more famous; and that is only healthy. But don’t take that comparison too far. You are you, and hopefully you have your own style when it comes to writing. Don’t worry about what everyone else in the group is doing, and instead, focus on being happy with your own writing. Challenge yourself, and strive to improve in comparison to pieces you have written before, not in comparison to what others have written.
Don’t be afraid
Don’t be afraid to write something you think is terrible, and to let yourself make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to share your pieces, and to interact with other players. The only way for you to overcome your insecurities is by stepping out of your comfort zone, and to take a chance. I constantly write things I think are utter horseshit, but I still put that writing out there. Being critical of your own writing is only natural, but don’t be too critical to the point where it starts to hinder you. You can always ask a friend to read through your piece before you post it, and ask them what they think. Most likely your writing is much better than you think it is. And most importantly, don’t be afraid of being judged. There will always be people who judge you, and others who don’t even notice. The most important thing is that you are proud of what you have accomplished.
You learn by doing
The only way to get better at writing is—yes, you guessed it—by writing, writing, and writing. Chances are you will never develop if you let your insecurities take over completely. This kind of relates to the previous point, but don’t be afraid to write something you think is terrible. If you’re unhappy with the first draft, edit it. Then edit it again, until you’re satisfied. Let the words flow without thinking too much about it. Experiment, and have fun with it without worry. You’ll learn and improve by doing and being fearless; that’s a fact. No one is magically an amazing writer right from the start. You get there by practicing.
Read up on things you’re insecure about
You mentioned that the other players’ English is really good, and that you worry they will judge you. One’s grammar and language skills can always be improved, by reading up on things you’re insecure about. Expand your vocabulary by reading lots of books. If you’re unsure what a certain word means or in what context it should be used, look it up in a dictionary. If there are grammatical rules you don’t quite grasp, look up articles online. Make sure to proofread your writing and to run it through a spellchecker. Ask someone you trust to read your writing, and ask them if they notice any errors or discrepancies. Do your research, and expand your horizons.
Ask a previous writing partner to apply
If you’re insecure within the roleplay, and feel as if you’re not “good enough” to interact with the other members, why not ask a previous roleplay partner of yours to apply? Someone you’ve had fun with and been comfortable writing with in the past. Having a solid rock to lean back on might be a good idea in the beginning, and once you’re more comfortable in your own skin and when it comes to writing your character in the roleplay you can start broadening the spectrum of your interactions.
Hopefully this gave you some material when it comes to trying to overcome at least some of your insecurities. Just remember that you are just as deserving of being in that roleplay as any of the others. After all, you were accepted, which means at least the admins think you’re good enough, and in turn, that probably means your fellow players will think you’re good enough too.
Here are some additional links that might be of use to you:
- Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
- 34 Writing Tips That Will Make You a Better Writer
- 50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills
- 5 Ways to Get Out of the Comfort Zone and Become a Stronger Writer
- 10 Ways to Avoid Writing Insecurity
- The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity
- How Can You Improve Your English Language Skills?
- English: Free Resources and Online Courses
- The Best Language Tools for Geeks
- Writer’s Toolbox
- The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers
This list is meant to supplement our Towel on Sex Scenes.
We will add to the list as the guides present themselves.
- Accola-RPH: Smut 101: 1,677 words of probable nonsense.
- All-American-RPH: Resource List for Smut Guides
- Bella-Helps: A Smut Guide
- Drunkentroll: SO I HEARD YOU WANTED TO WRITE SMUT.
- Gan-ceann: Some Guidelines for Writing Good Smut
- GoddessRPS: How to Write → Blowjobs
- GoddessRPS: Smut 101
- JustanotherRPH: How to: Write Smut.
- Ladydi-RPC: Resources→ How to Write Smut
- Lastofthetimeladies: How to write good smut: a tutorial.
- Leviathan-RPC: How to smut - The Bare Bones
- Leviathan-RPC: The Ups and Downs (of erections)
- Leviathan-RPC: Domination and Submission
- Livvefast: A guide to smut
- Poshhelpers: How to Smut (for Virgins): Getting Started
- Prompts-and-Pointers: Tips on Writing Sex Scenes
- Ringileskiath: How to Write and Accurate Gay Sex Scene by Lemon-Sprinkles
- RPCgron: The Birds and the Bees of Writing Smut
- ShakeboltRPS: Post All About Kisses
- Snazzycookies: How to write a kiss
- Taysonhelpsroleplays: Resource for Writing Female Oral Sex
- The-Hardyest-RPC: Writing smut; A guide
- Thegraphicsbakery: Writing sex scenes is hard … er … difficult. (originally by Ad Hudler)
- TheWritersHelpers: Genre help: Writing Smut
- Thor-ofasgard: Smut Guide: Casual Sex
- Thor-ofasgard: A Guide to Language in Smut: Part One
- Thor-ofasgard: How to write Lesbian Smut
- Thor-ofasgard: Writing Guide: Making Love
- WonderWriting: A Girl’s First Time
- WonderWriting: A Boy’s First Time
- Writing-Reference: A Guide to All Corners of The Smut World
- Yeah Write! Bawm Chicka Baw Bawww: How to Write SEX SCENES
- YouKnowYoureAWriterWhen: How to Write Sex Scenes When You’re a Prude
Did we miss yours? Send us a link!
Under the cut, is my guide and list of resources for realistically roleplaying as a bartender! (Here you go, nonnie! <3)
One of the characters I’m creating is a fashion designer, and while I noticed that it seems a pretty popular job for many characters, I don’t know if everyone did their research and things, so, well, maybe sharing mine won’t hurt? Here’s a little list of links to help you to get to know this job better, find some new infos, and some other links that will lead you to nice blogs about fashion design, haute couture and drawings that you could use for a character’s sketchbook.
- Job Profile
- Job Description
- Job Profile
- Career: Fashion Designer
- 15 Common fashion job interview questions
- A Fashion Designer’s career interview
- How to become a Fashion Designer?
- Wikipedia tells you what Fashion Design is
Limits of the Human Body by Soda Pop Avenue
Credit goes to SPA, but I wanted this here for a writer’s reference. This way we know exactly how far we can push our characters ;)
Oh, the dreaded in-character para sample. It seems as if every roleplayer out here is complaining left and right about these. Why is this? More likely than not, I find that it is because the person does not know what to write about. Here I have compiled a small list of para sample ideas that can work with any character, and a brief description of how to use each one. I hope this helps you when you experience that auditioning writer’s block in the future.
Under the cut you’ll find the first part of a two part cheat sheet on Body Language, this first part found in damnlol. All credit goes to them. Enjoy!
- —Gif hunts… Saving all gifs from a gif hunt in a couple of clicks
So, you’ve found an amazing gif hunt of your FC and there are a shit ton of gifs in there — but you are going to have to sit and ‘right click > save as’ forever and a day to collect them all - right?
Here’s a Jared gif hunt ( thanks to brooklynofrph )
There’s no link to a zip file — but instead of saving every gif individually there’s a quick way to save them — all in one go!
Click on the readmore link to go to the page (or just go to the page with the gifs you want to download) then right click somewhere on the page (not on a gif) — Then ‘right click > save as’ —
When you get the save window - navigate to the folder you’d like to save into and make sure the following option is selected;
NB/ Different browsers might have different options - this is the form of words for the option on Chrome, but just make sure it’s the whole page and content and not just the html.
IMPORTANT: Do not close the window or the tab until the download has completed! It will not download the page properly if you close it! (though you can navigate to another tab or window while it downloads - just don’t close it).
Go to the folder and you’ll see a whole host of things from the page;
but if you scroll down, you’ll see all of the gifs included in that content (usually with the standard ‘tumblr_inline_sdfkjhgfshjk’ naming convention);
— just grab all the gifs from that folder — dump them where you like and you can delete the rest of the stuff that was downloaded along with them.
P.S. Don’t forget to ‘like’ the post you download from, or to thank the original gif makers - RPH’s and gif makers work hard to make these collections for you!