Then I magically stumbled upon Goodreads and thought: "what is this glorious madness?" Not only did this site revolve around books, but it had an interactive writing community.
Hence, roleplay took over my life.
I joined about every roleplay group that interested me in the slightest--whether is was a spin-off of my favourite novel or not. I got to work straight away, and created a billion characters (even learning basic HTML code so I could make fancy profiles). Then I wandered in conversation with other people's characters for hours. And hours.
I won't go over the fall of my Goodreads account* (I'm no longer active). But what I will go over is how, in the madness of my roleplaying, I improved as a writer, and why you should roleplay.
*I joined so many roleplay groups it literally took over my life, and high school hit = no time for anything other than groaning about homework.
1) Forces you to create original characters
When you're in as many roleplay groups as I was and need to create several characters for each one...you kind of run out of ideas. I didn't want to do the same kinds of characters each time, so it pushed me to expand more on their personalities instead of jotting down 'they're funny.'
Slowly, I began to create characters with deeper depths. I started to break away from a habit of creating one dimensional characters, and my stories have been better off for it ever since.
2) Spurs your creativity
Not only could I create characters, but I could read about other writers' characters and create small stories with them. It was like one big free writing story prompt that I could explore, with no limits. I was free to explore how my characters would react in certain situations, and improve my dialogue writing. Needless to say, roleplaying gave me numerous plot bunnies.
3) Great interaction with a writing community
Who doesn't love connecting with people with similar interests?
I met some absolutely awesome people through roleplaying. Many roleplayers did it for fun and as a hobby, but others were more serious. I had my first conversation ever with someone else who wanted to write a novel, and do writing as a career. I knew she was around my age too, so I was a little inspired by her determination and the thought that: "I can do this too. You don't have to be 'old' to write a novel and want to be a writer."
Have you ever roleplayed or written fan fiction? Do you want to? (And would you be interested in me starting a goodreads account, but just for books? I need help deciding whether I should or not) <3