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PostSubject: Some Helpful tips   Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:54 pm

Out of Character:

--Out of Character, or OOC, is when you are talking as yourself and not your character during a role-play. This is often done to come up with a plot, to address an issue you had with the previous post, apologize for something, let the person you're role-playing with know something that they couldn't infer from your post, and so on.
--In order to signal that you are talking out of character, please use some sort of symbol or letters to let the other person know that you are not talking as your character. Some examples of this may be, parenthesis (TEXT) or ((TEXT)), OOC, //TEXT//, etc.
--Although literacy is appreciated during your In Character text, it's acceptable to use slang and abbrivations in your OOC text. However, just make sure you don't get too carried away (after all, you do want the other person to understand what you're saying)
--Please please please be polite and respectful when talking in OOC.
--Keep it short. The role-playing forums are for you and your partner to role-play, not chat. That's what the cbox and the chat boards are for.
--Remember, as mentioned above, the role-play forums are meant for role-play, so if you're going to post in OOC, fine, but try to accompany it with In Character text as well.
--When switching from OOC to In Character, or IC, there are a few different things you can do. If you use parenthesis (( )), then you can simply just post as your character after you close the parenthesis. However, if you use "OOC:" or something similar, you may want to post "IC:" before you start your In Character text.
--Please don't fight or argue (I really hope that this doesn't need elaboration)

In Character:

--In Character is when you are role-playing your character in text.
--Please try to use third-person ("They", "He", "She", "Them" etc) instead of first-person ("I", "We", "Us", etc).
--Avoid God-Modding (Controling other people's characters. You can't control their characters decisions or moves, nor can they control yours)
--Avoid Power-playing (Your character isn't perfect, nor can they do everything right and avoid injury and such. For example, in a fight, your character (realistically) can't leave a fight without a single scratch. You'll have to get hit from time to time and you can't hit the other person EVERY time. Make sense?
--Be as detailed as possible. Describe scents, sounds, thoughts, etc. It always makes a role-play interesting if the other person knows what your character is thinking as well as how they see and interpret things.
--Please please please please use quotes ( "TEXT" ) when your character is speaking. Otherwise it's difficult to tell if they're talking or thinking.
--Along the same lines as quotes, it may be a good idea to italicize (TEXT) your wolf's thoughts. (and for words you want to emphasize). That way your role-play partner knows that they are thinking. It's not completely necessary, but sometimes a good idea to be more clear to your partner.
--Also, if you are posting with multiple characters in one post, it might be a good idea to colorize your characters. Meaning that each character's text gets a different color. For example, if Character1 was in the normal text color of the site, when you add a part with Character2, you could make Character2's text red. etc. This just helps your role-playing partner distinguish between your characters in one post.

Literacy, Literacy, Literacy
--First of all, one liners are defined as posts that make up one or less lines across a page. Typically these are just one or two sentences. It is impossible to fit a lot of detail into only a few sentences, and in turn makes it nearly impossible for your role-playing partner to build their response off of.
--Use complete sentences. This one should be fairly easy. Simply use sentences, not just words or short phrases. Make sure that your sentences make sense. Just writing a few words isn't a sentence. USE DETAIL!
--Punctuation is also a very very important factor. Try to capitalize the first letter of each of your sentences, as well as place a period at the end of them. Typically a period is placed at the end of a thought and before a pause. If you are continuing a thought and pause, then simply place a comma there to signify the pause. (Just like the sentence I just wrote). This helps you break down your post so it is easy to read and understand.
--Use question marks (?) when your character is asking a question, and exclamation marks (!) for yelling or surprise, etc.
--USE LOTS OF DETAIL!!! This makes a role-play exciting and interesting. And come on, we all like to be excited and interested, right?
--Make sure to separate your paragraphs. Just press enter twice before starting a new paragraph. It makes things easier to read and understand. (Paragraphs are typically 5-10 sentences long).
--Don't rush. Whoever you're responding to can wait, and most likely won't mind doing so in order to allow you plenty of time to write down your thoughts thoroughly and in detail. Take your time and do your best every time. Don't be lazy with your posts, that's no fun and definitely not exciting or interesting.
--Remember, these role-plays have to make sense, so make sure that your post connects to your role-playing partner's post somehow. (This shouldn't be too difficult, since most of the time you are responding to something they typed in the first place)
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