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10/27/2012 11:44 PM 

Rules

Rules of Operation for the Blog Story Pages       

 

Creativity should never be stymied by rules, so the hard and fast prohibitions on these pages are kept to a bare minimum.  But rules there are, and if you violate them, your posts will be summarily deleted.  So here goes:

 

1) Let every word and every syllable in each and every post be true to the story.

 

2) Be courteous to your fellow role players.  This means taking some things in consideration. Please click here and read. . We have zero tolerance for drama!

 

3) Never delete a profile used in a blog story, and keep it active (log in at least every 45 days).  If deleted, then all your posts in the stories vanish, leaving holes. 

 

4) Once you start in a story, stick with it to the end.  We all have obligations in real life.  If you need to go on hiatus for a while, we understand.  Just let the story lead know so we can write around you. To show us that you have read these rules, please comment with your favorite gif below.

 

That's it for rules.  But there are some guidelines that are just as important.  Drum roll, please...

 

1) THINK before you speak.  Read the story to make sure your post is IN CONTEXT - setting wise, time wise, other characters within earshot, whether it's day or night, etc. etc. etc.

 

2) Take the time to design your post so it MOVES THE STORY ALONG, in character development, plot, or setting.  If it doesn't achieve any of those things, shut up and sit down!

 

3) Take the TIME to write well.  You might want to think about writing out your post in Word or Word Perfect, doing a spell check and looking for grammatical errors before posting. 

 

4) The role playing pages ARE NOT for chit chatting or out-of-character messaging.  There are other venues for that. 

 

5) THINK about what you want to say, given the context of the story, then commit your thoughts to paper in as few words as possible.  Devise descriptions as needed for the reader to fully visualize what's happening, but for sure, concise is the name of the game, my literary friends.  If you drone on and on and on, your reader will develop attention deficit disorder and wander away, never to return again.  The longest post does not win - it's the one that draws the reader in and leaves them yearning and desperate for more.  THAT'S good writing my role-playing amigos.   

 

6) Be INCLUSIVE.  Think how to involve other characters who may not be participating for one reason or another.  If you engage in posts that only involve one or two other characters, to the exclusion of others, we will lose the rest of our talented role players.  Give them an opportunity to participate, even if it means delaying the story for a while.   Message them when it's time for their input. 

 

7) LEARN FROM OTHERS.  Read the posts of your fellow role players.  Find the posts you like and tease out what it is you like about them.  Don't plagiarize anyone word for word, but don't hesitate to adopt or adapt aspects of someone's style or even steal a few words from them now and then.  If you like someone's writing, ask them to critique some of your own posts.  There are excellent writers among us, and we should all be learning from each other.


8) READ AND CONTEMPLATE our blog (on this page) entitled 'A Preliminary Guide for Composing Top-notch Role Play Posts'.

 

Finally, here are some resources for budding writers.  Take advantage of them...

 

 https://thesaurus.com  An online thesaurus, dictionary, translator, and encyclopedia.  Use it to be creative with words and to give the appearance that your character is smart.

 

https://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/easywriter4e/#518364__523173__Identifies the most common grammatical errors.  Use it to be grammatically correct.

 

https://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/269 Relish in writing tips from the masters of fiction.

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Undead Kitten

 

Read and understood

Posted on Jun 21st 2020 - 5:42 PM

Drusilla

 

Read and understood.

Posted on Sep 29th 2018 - 2:53 PM

Midwest Mongrel™️

 

Read & Understood

Posted on May 6th 2017 - 11:14 PM

the reporter Beth

 



I shall abide by your rules.

~ W.

Posted on Feb 9th 2016 - 5:10 PM

─sanctimonious.

 

Posted on May 26th 2015 - 6:53 PM

Dark Willow

 

Not good with gifs but I will say this good rules and I shall follow them to the best of my ability

Posted on May 22nd 2015 - 5:49 PM

// test

 


I don't like rules... 
but I suppose I can play along.

Posted on Nov 12th 2014 - 4:31 PM

ℓiρstick & ғangs

 

// I truly enjoy the idea of group blogs. I had never seen anything done quite like you guys have it done and I've read the stories. Really well written, I enjoyed them :) I plan on following these rules and submitting an audition. Thanks!

Posted on Aug 15th 2013 - 10:15 AM

Louis -

 

Good rules/guidelines.  I was quite engaged.  The links are a nice touch.  

Posted on Jul 20th 2013 - 12:58 PM

Charmingly Ruthless

 

Oddly, I find myself in agreement with Spike on this one.  Whatever.

Posted on Jan 2nd 2013 - 9:52 AM

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