All right, let’s talk about the art of writing itself for a bit.
I’m not your English teacher. I’m not going to sit here and try to teach you about spelling and grammar. If you don’t already know it, you can learn it a lot easier from somebody other than me. If you’re going to write creatively, or competitvely, it’s a must that your work be legible. If I can’t read your stuff because you forgot to put in commas and periods, how can I follow your story? If everything is misspelled, can I really give your roleplay a fair shake? The first thing that I have to stress is to learn the fundamentals of English. You don’t have to be a perfect writer. Trust me, I’m not. But you must make the effort.
There are several ways to use the rules of grammar to your advantage; once you’ve seen and learned how to use them, you can expand your horizons when you write. One of the best ways to learn how to write is the one right in front of your face – reading. There’s a chance that if you have a desire to write, you may have a desire to read as well. Read different authors with different styles, that write different genres of material. Any type of well-written work, from best-selling books to Wikipedia articles can show you a lot.
For example, a childrens’ author I used to read as a kid had a unique quirk to his writing in that he spaced twice every time somebody spoke. Even if each person in the conversation only said one or two words, he would always break into a new paragraph each time somebody else spoke. I adopted this into my own writing.
“Yeah. Like this.” It didn’t matter if he put an action narrative in the same paragraph or not.
Every time someone else spoke, he would break paragraph.
I’m not telling you to do this. I’m telling you how I was inspired to do this. Find a style of writing that you like. Read it. Read all of it that you can stand to read. And then, look at other authors in the same vein. Read their stuff. Then go find someone who writes the exact opposite. And then read their stuff, too.
You can write in third-person, with emotionless narration as if you are looking through the eyes of a camera. This is good for anything you wish to be seen by other people, and especially good for cutting promos. You can add a bit of humor or personality to your narrative as well, depending on what emotions you want the reader to feel. You can even take that personal narration and transfer your scene into a first-person view, where rather than seeing a filmed scene you are seeing something take place through the eyes of the person living it. Look up different fictional works, and get a good idea of how both work. Notice the difference in first person…
I walked up and touched the hooker’s titty. “Maybe this $20 didn’t go to waste after all.”
And third person…
Madman walked up and squeezed the prostitute’s breast. “Maybe this $20 didn’t go to waste after all.”
One is not better than the other. However, one will probably be better than the other for you. Don’t be afraid to try things out. Save drafts in Notepad, Wordpad, Google Docs, or your favorite word processor program. Don’t be afraid to ask somebody their opinion on something. 90% of this hobby is here to help.
Here are some more tips to offer you before writing your first RP:
Again, if there’s something you’re not sure about, ask. There are plenty of people willing to help. Obviously, myself and those who have helped me write this article are among those.
If this guide seemed a bit thin, it’s because writing isn’t something you can really teach. It’s something you have to feel on your own. You have to feel comfortable with your own writing, then you can worry about someone else reading it. While we are giving you tips on how to make your writing more pallatable to other readers, it is most important that you as the writer are happy with your writing. If you are, we probably will be too.
Next time, we’ll keep this train going by talking about character development. Maybe now you won’t be so confused when you hear the term thrown around all the time.
Jeremy Cundiff, handler of Madman Szalinski
–  Andy “Murr” Murray, handler of Cayle Murray
–  Chris Drummonds, handler of Flex Johnson
–  The handler of Ryan LeCavalier
–  Pedro Benoliel, head of Girl Power Wrestling
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