pls offer tips for writing starters?
hi, i don’t know how eloquent or sensible this is going to be, but i’ll try my best haha. i guess from two viewpoints like, from me when i write starters, & me when i receive them ?
so a thing i tend to do when i write other people starters is camp on their blog a bit in their about page, their verses page if applicable, etc., to really read & comb through the details of their muse. appearance, habits, anything. the more the better. the thing about characters & just people in general is that they’re always really unique, always really themselves, so if you tailor your inspiration to something connected to them like that, the starters can turn into unique & interesting circumstances to suit, you know ? i find the less i know of a muse, the more the immediate idea that comes to my mind is a kind of generic like … my muse bumps into theirs oh no they dropped their coffee. which can be cool, no hate, it just can get repetitive after a while. so i really make sure i feel confident about knowing the muse to a point where i can imagine passing them by in real life, & linking possible circumstances to them.
that kind of ties into receiving starters as well, because if i get something that shows that someone went through the effort of looking into my character & taking into account their unique habits, i feel really chuffed. it makes it that much more immersive for me, plus i’m excited to further explore these aspects of elyse i put effort into making. so that always kind of makes my day. in general though, i love any starter so long as there’s an opening for me to reasonably continue it. if someone tells elyse to fuck off in their first sentence, she’s the type of person who’ll be like “ okay i’m not going to waste my time with that ” , so either the thread goes around in circles with me trying to grasp a common lifeline to hang onto, or it kind of gets ended & that’s that. that’s just a quick example, & also not entirely all-encompassing. you can have someone tell someone else to fuck off while also providing an external situation that forces them to stick together narratively, so you give the other writer something to work with while staying true to your own character. or not, man. the way you write is ultimately entirely up to you, & there’s never really a wrong or right in the realm of something so subjective & varied.
in the end, & this is going to sound horridly cliché, but it’s true – have fun writing it. if you have fun writing it, it’s going to be fun to write back to. a common piece of advice to aspiring authors i see hanging around is to write the story you want to read, & i don’t think roleplay is exempt from the same magic. so you do you, angel. i think it’ll be fantastic either way. :)