Learning how to roleplay is easy, and the Rolemance app puts great roleplay right at your fingertips. All it takes a little bit of creativity, a shot of courage, and quick tap into your own desires.
If you’re new to roleplaying – or you’re just new to Rolemance – we’ll take a look at some things to keep in mind as you’re getting your bearings. Here’s how to roleplay!
Get In Touch With Your Adventurous Side
It’s hard to go wrong when you’re learning how to roleplay, but a good place to start is to just think about what gets you going.
Maybe you have a recurring fantasy that you’d like to try on for size? Or perhaps there’s a situation that sparks your interest, but you’re not sure you’d be willing to quite go there in real life. Those things are perfect for a roleplay.
Some people are looking to get swept up in a certain location or by a certain someone. Many roleplayers find inspiration from their favorite movies, books, tv shows, comic books. Always wanted to run (or fly) around the retro-futuristic world of The Fifth Element? Now’s the time!
Pitch Out a Starter
Starters are the heart of romantic roleplay on Rolemance. Not only are the beginning of your story, they’re also how you’ll attract the perfect partner to roleplay with. In many ways, learning how to roleplay is wrapped up in learning how to write a great starter.
Starters on Rolemance consist of a picture, a title, and some text. You can kind of think of it like browsing at the bookstore.
The first thing that probably gets your attention is the picture on a book cover. When looking for a picture for your starter, choose something relevant to your story, and choose a picture that is instantly captivating! It can be sexy, but it could also have vibrant colors, a unique setting, or interesting composition.
The second thing you probably look at is the title. Here’s where you can really start getting creative. What kind of titles make you want to read a book? The best titles pique some interest without giving away the whole plot. For example, why would someone choose “Girl Falls In Love With Vampire” over “They Only Met By Moonlight”?
So you like the picture,you’ve read the title, and now you’re going to read the blurb on the back of your book. The text of your starter is a good chance to define your characters, set out a few rules of the world you’re in, and leave an intriguing cliffhanger that makes the person want to jump into a roleplay with you.
Just like a book – or a great romance novel – starters are best when they’re written in third person (“He took careful, measured steps down the empty hallway.”) versus first person (“I looked at her longingly.”) and when they give enough information to set the tone.
Good spelling and grammar always helps, too. Sometimes you’ll see people mentioning “literate” roleplay. They’re looking for people who follow basic writing rules and don’t abbreviate words or use internet slang.
Find a Perfect Partner
The real fun begins when people start to respond to your starter. In Rolemance, you’ll receive a request from another roleplayer and be able to see their profile before deciding whether or not to continue. This allows you a chance to look at how compatible they are with your writing style.
Some people write shorter responses and are able to write them in quick succession. Others like to take their time and write incredibly detailed responses. Neither one is wrong – but you’ll probably have your own preferences.
The best way to learn what type of partners you prefer when you’re figuring out how to roleplay is to just jump into a few and see what happens. You can always (politely) end it if it’s just not doing it for you.
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Most importantly, don’t get too hung up on the details. Roleplaying is meant to be fun, and you’ll start to discover for yourself how you want to roleplay with your partners.
One of the great things about Rolemance is that the starter feed is always full of interesting stuff for you to hop into without all the pressure of coming up with your own starter. It’s okay to let your partner know you’re still figuring things out. Rolemancers are awesome people, and we bet you’ll be able to find someone who ignites your imagination.
What are you curious about on your journey to figuring out how to roleplay? Let us know what you discover along the way. Happy Rolemancing, everyone. 💋