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A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs
It has come to my attention that a lot of RPs utilize weekly writing prompts for roleplayers for various purposes. I have decided to put together a how-to guide. This is only my opinion, and I have hidden a lot of prompt examples in this guide. I’m also adding a masterlist for prompt inspirations at the end!
What are writing prompts?
Writing prompts are general ideas to inspire you and motivate you into getting your writing going. In most RPs, mods use writing prompts to push RP-ers into being more interest and generate activity. It is also done to allow for character and plot development.
In this guide, I will be talking about writing prompts given by the main RP (from the admins).
What type of writing prompts are there for RPs?
Well, there are ones that reveal character directly. These are done even for novelists who want to get a better grasp or a different interpretation of their character. A prompt on how the character view themselves on the mirror directly reveals the conscious and perception. Then there is the subconscious. A blast from the past, a nightmare, a crisis of faith, these events happen that will directly influence the character’s psyche. These “events” does not necessarily force the RP-er to describe the character, but it inspires them to correlate plot and character.
How should I incorporate writing prompts in my RP?
Sometimes mods do this to make sure that people are still interested. Prompts can be done to get the RP-er going again. But if done too often, it can start to get really annoying. When incorporating writing prompts in the main goal of checking activity, you have to be strict. When you say that a RP-er is out if they miss 3 writing prompts in a row, they are out. It is final, or else these writing prompts will not be taken seriously. These should be fun. It should be an asset to the RP, not just a way for mods to check activity and see who is dedicated. In a Harry Potter roleplay, I saw that when RP-ers complete writing prompts, their characters “get house points”. In a post-apocalyptic roleplay, characters get a necessary item, such as food or water. This is a great way to incorporate the whole idea of the RP with these writing prompts. It is crucial that the RP-er write these, because your character get perks!
How to I make writing prompts less of a chore?
Time is crucial. Once a week is enough. More and it seems too much for busy people, and less seems irrelevant.
Diversity! Make those prompts interesting, but make sure that they are different from each other as well. People generally don’t like to write about character traits twice in a row. You can usually combine this idea into one, contradicting traits. Let your RP-ers pick two traits that are opposing but are found in the character.
How to make those prompts interesting? Well, you can usually take general ideas and give them a twist. General writing prompt is “find a song for your character, write about when they listened to this song and how it is significant”. You can usually twist this into something interesting like, “find a single line of lyric for your character, write about how and why this is stuck in their minds”. This is less obvious in terms of explicit character psyche, but it delves into the subconscious.
General Writing Prompt: Find a quote that inspires your character, and why?
The Twist: Find a word that inspires your character, and why?
General Writing Prompt: Who does your character look up to? Who is their role-model?
The Twist: What in the world does your character find inspiration in? Is it in people? Is it in the little droplets of rain falling on fresh grass? Is it in themselves?
How do I promote relationships between characters if writing prompts are only for one character?
It doesn’t have to be! You can definitely create a writing prompt where characters have to talk to each other. To prevent from unfairness distribution, you can make a list of the pairings. Make sure that these characters don’t really talk and explicitly say who is going to start the “para” going. This is a great way to connect these otherwise never going to talk to each other RP-ers together. An example of this type of prompt: “Character A thinks Character B looks oddly familiar, why is that? Character B notices Character A staring, what do they think about this?” Or a more conventional one, “Character A is hurt, only Character B is around to witness the injury.” This is a great way to matchmake as well.
How do I structure my writing prompts for my RP?
A lot of people create a graphic that has the headline “Writing Prompt”, they will also designate a tag specific for their rp-ers to track. This way it catches the RP-er and reminds them that they are to accomplish this task.
There is no one way of phrasing a prompt. But be sure to signify how long it has to be, when it has to be finished by, and what they will get out of it (activity or something fun for their character).
Resources for writing prompts
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.