When roleplaying a character close to canon in terms of their origin and initial traits, like pulling them straight from the show instead of creating an AU version of them, how can you make them interesting? Is it even possible to?
It is absolutely possible to make your canon character interesting.
Playing a canon character is all about interpretation of the character seen throughout the series. As well as taking into account the canon material of the show, if a show goes off of the air or finishes the series, this is where interpretation is going to need to come in and also being put into different situations with that character that doesn’t happen in the show.
Research, research, research. Look up the wiki of the show, book, etc. that you’re roleplaying your character from. They are usually very detailed on characters with as much information provided as possible about them. This is going to be extremely useful to be able to develop and make your canon character more interesting.
Write down traits that are very well known about them. Common phrases made by them, facial expressions, ticks and habits, posture, personality and so on.
Note that you don’t want to constantly use their signature phrases all the time and repetitively. Save them. The more frequently you use them, the less interesting they’ll seem. Space it out and use it appropriately.
To really get into the mindset of them to be able to make them more interesting, write prompts all of the time. Put them in situations they would never, ever be placed in being in their usual environment from their canon source. How would they react to a different situation? How would they react in encountering a supernatural being if your character’s canon source does not have entities like this? Forcing yourself to get into the mode of your canon character is going to help you better understand the character and be able to play them in a more interesting, creative way while sticking to their canon material, as well as being able to develop them further if the show has ended (be it temporarily or permanently).
Everyone is going to play canon characters differently. It’s all about interpretation, which also means to explore often.
Hope this helps!
Just thought you guys might like some inspiration. I’m often inspired by music, so maybe this will help you like it does me.
It’s not a huge list, but maybe something to get your mind going :)
When a roleplay asks for it, would you suggest embodying different characters (albeit lead characters) in an RP, or inviting an RPer who uses that character?
I, personally, would recommend embodying different characters. If it’s just you and your partner and you’re not really interested in inviting someone else into your roleplay, embodying other character or roleplaying as other characters, I say, is best.
Though my partner and I’s roleplay is an original, we play over 20+ characters each in order to move the story.
It’s also important to think that the character being embodied is probably temporary, and may pop up here and there. Another roleplayer, if asked to join to play this character, may feel insulted if you aren’t interested in having them but for a specific amount of time. A lot of people are in it for the long run.
So, I would recommend embodying multiple characters if necessary. That is, unless you are your partner are interested in having a third person join the roleplay.
Hope this helps!
How can I find music that suits a character? I know little about music, and nothing I have fits them. I know what they certainly would NOT like, but that still leaves a lot of genres and musicians open. I have no idea what music they would like, nor do I have any idea of anything that would be like "their theme songs".
Explore genres that you’ve never been into. Write down the genres that you’re usually listening to and the look up ones that you don’t listen to. Avoiding what you listen to forces you to explore and listen to new options that may be something your character likes.
It’s sometimes hard to listen to things that you don’t like for the sake of your character. However, I try to get in my characters mindset when I listen to music at times and ask myself ‘Is this something she would listen to?’.
A good way to do this is to first look up some genres you’re not used to and see if you can find some music for your character. Youtube is a great start.
When you’ve gotten a few bands, make a Pandora account and make a channel for your character. It plays related music to the bands that you’ve chosen and suggest bands to add to the channel so you can keep experiencing new music and songs.
Another website to use which I use when I really love a band and want to hear other bands like them, is TuneGlue. Type in a band, click the circle and hit expand. Boom! Related bands.
Also, if you’re in a store or you hear a song somewhere but you cant hear all of it, but you catch a line of it and feel like it could be good for your character, Lyrster is a great website to find songs by using a line from it.
I hope this helps and have fun listening to all kinds of music!
How do you create starters for characters who are shut-ins? I have difficulty thinking of circumstances under which this person would even leave their house, let alone interact with others for more than a brief moment.
Here are some ideas that will hopefully help you get started:
Hopefully these few options can give you some sort of idea. Think of environmental aspects that will have to push your character into the outside world.
Hope this helps!
Despite recent events, I have considered this option before, but this has only pushed me forward on it.
I have recently added a Donation button to the page.
A lot of what I do here is thankless. People are here to see what I say, come to me for advice and so forth, for me to invest time in them, and it often goes without any sort of thank you. A select few of the almost 1400 followers I have has shown their appreciation to me. I’m talking maybe 15 people at most.
It is very difficult sometimes, when I invest large amounts of my own free time to do this. I enjoy running this blog. I truly enjoy helping others and being able to know that today, I’ve helped someone do something better. To improve and have more fun because they have more knowledge.
This blog is also a very good way for me to overcome my anxiety. When I am having a bad day, I try to answer questions. Why? It gets my mind off of negativity. That’s what this blog is about. Making things positive. Having fun in a really great hobby.
A lot of people may not like that I have a Donation Button on the page now, and that’s okay. I am asking no one here to donate. You can if you want to.
All proceeds will be used to further myself in my photography work, which is what I highly aspire to do. I won’t give you a sob story, but just know where I live the type of work that I do is very difficult, and money is hard in my family, which includes only me and my grandparents.
It will also further motivate me that ‘hey, you do a good job on this blog, so much so, people are even offering a little money thanks to you’. Even if I never get one cent, I will still run this blog just as I have, because I wouldn’t have been able to meet some wonderful people if I hadn’t, nor help the amount of people I have and that continues to grow.
So, thanks to all of you who have been supportive lately. I just wanted to inform you guys of this decision and why I have come about it. I don’t want to leave you guys in the dark.
Thank you so much again, as always, for your patience with me and your understanding. It means more than you’ll ever know.
I couldn’t help myself to react a second time. Given that I’m really tired, sorry for this reply being short or even harsh.
“This point” = one dot. One single black dot in a wonderful advice blog. Please, people, I beg you, don’t treat Nivii like shit just because of ONE…
I seriously cannot express the out pour of support, love, and kindness I’ve received since posting about the death threats and harassment I’ve obtained.
I have received numerous messages in my fan mail telling me how much people appreciate and enjoy my blog and don’t want to see me go. Telling me to take care of myself and that they support me 100%.
Your support has helped my anxiety greatly, and I feel that I have people to reach out to in a hard time on this blog, when I didn’t really feel that way prior because I didn’t have a close connection with my followers, I felt. This blog has been a huge way for me to battle my anxiety and keep my thoughts positive, because I always want this blog to be a positive place for people to go to.
Neko, especially, making an entire post telling people to stop being hateful to me, on their own accord. And then another when I posted about the death threats. Their kindness has been so selfless, just as the other people who have messaged me with concern, kindness, and support.
I am doing my very, very, very best to see past the few who are taking it too far and being hateful. Your support, you guys, means the absolute world to me, especially right now. I will never be able to rightfully convey what you have done for me with just words and reaching out. It means a lot. It truly, truly does.
Thank you guys so much.
I’m so sorry this has had to be on your dashboards so much, as I’m sure you’re tired of it, but thank you for being there for me, those that have been.
You are beautiful people.
I have apologized on multiple occasions on the issues of my post being offensive for many. Again, it was never something I purposely meant to do to offend or hurt people. I never, ever wanted that to happen, but it did nonetheless. I can apologize a thousand times over, but it won’t fix what’s already been done.
However, the hatred and vicious comments I have received have come to a head and needs to stop.
I’ve received, now, two death threats.
Among the other things that have been said to me such as being a cunt, I need to go kill myself, I am a terrible human being, I should rot in the ninth circle of hell, no one loves me or should never love me.
Just because I offended you does not make me a bad person.
I never meant to offend anyone. I always try to create an environment on this blog that everyone is welcome and it has been peaceful up until this point.
This whole ordeal has me anxious and feeling absolutely horrible about myself. I hate myself today. I hate myself today. Because of the things that have happened, and what people think of me without any further digging.
It makes me feel like I am a horrible person. That maybe I shouldn’t run this blog because I offended people and people will hate me forever for what has happened.
I don’t want to shut down this blog. It has brought me close to some wonderful people and has made me so happy to know that I’ve helped other people.
I really don’t know how I’m going to be able to handle the bombardment of hatred that I’m receiving with how bad my anxiety is right now.
At this point, I don’t know the fate of this blog.
But I do know that I don’t like being treated the way I’m being treated, and what it’s doing to me mentally and emotionally and physically. I nearly became sick when I read the second death threat.
I am just so, so sorry for what happened and to those I have offended. They’re viciously angry with me, I get that, but I don’t feel it should give them incentive to attack me the way I’m being attacked.
I really don’t know what else to do.
Is there anyway to just watch a role play instead if participating? I'd like to join one eventually, but I'm just too confused right now.
Just find some indie roleplay blogs or some group blogs by looking through roleplay tags and just, well, follow them! You can see how they interact with others, how each person varies with their writing style and so forth.
Just go out and find blogs to follow that interests you and you can just watch from there :)
I'm so confused on indie rp right now. What's a verse and whats a thread? Please help! Thanks. x
I recently updated the RP Terms. You can find those terms included.