You have the perfect idea for a Rolemance roleplay starter.
Your thumbs hover over the screen and your mind races for the perfect words to capture the images in your head. Finally, after much contemplation, you furiously begin to type your roleplay starter on the tiny keyboard.
Before you post, you look down to quickly review and… it’s not at all what you had in your mind.
It’s okay. We’re here to help. Writing a good roleplay starter is a bit of an art, but everyone can do it by practicing and keeping a few things in mind along the way.
1. Follow Rolemance’s Starter Guidelines
First and foremost – Rules. Communities gotta have ‘em. We have just a few that are meant to keep Rolemance enjoyable for everyone. Here are the basics:
- Write stories. People love roleplaying because they can get swept up! Help them out by creating a rich story right from the start.
- Don’t be mean. We don’t tolerate harassment of any kind. Period.
- Keep it clean at first. If you’re into intensity, build up to it in your roleplay.
- Let Rolemances live in Rolemance. Starters aren’t a good place to try and solicit people’s personal information.
2. Find a Hook
A hook is that irresistible something that captures a person’s imagination, and we’re caught by them every day. You know the ones – “Hit me, baby, one more time!”, “Got Milk?”, “Winter is coming…”
Your hook could be a variety of things. Maybe it’s an intriguing locale. It could be a particularly unique relationship. Perhaps your hook is a line of dialogue that begs a response.
Don’t worry if you’re having trouble thinking of a hook. Just look around you for inspiration. Perhaps there’s a movie plot you’ve always wanted to try on for size, or maybe there’s someone you wish you could approach but would never dare to in real life. Is there a country (real or fantasy) that you’ve always wanted to visit?
If you find yourself really stuck, take a look at our library of roleplay starter images. You can search the photos or just browse – we have tons of them and are constantly adding more!
3. Give Your Character a Mission
When you have your hook, the next ingredient in your recipe is creating an interesting character. Characters are what will bring your roleplays to life, and they give you a chance to escape into the thoughts of a completely different person.
Good characters also attract good Rolemance partners. Specific details and clear motivations will make people want to interact with your character.
Speaking of wants… desires are the key to great character-building, and Rolemance is all about desires. Think of some of your favorite characters. They all have something in common – they’re all trying to get something they don’t have.
Luke wants to bring his father back from the Dark Side. Duke desperately wants Allie to remember their love affair, if even for only a moment. Dorothy wants to get back home safely to Kansas.
What does your character desire more than anything else? And what’s standing in their way? Make sure they’ll stop at nothing to get whatever it is they want.
4. Leave Room for a Partner
Of course one of the key elements of your roleplay will be your partner. Isn’t it thrilling to wait for a response from someone who you know is right on the same wavelength as you?
Sure, you can throw out details to help partners easily hook into the world you’ve created, but strictly defining their character for them might make them feel trapped or like they might not live up to your expectations.
Sometimes it’s better to speak in relationships:
- “They’d known each other for fifteen years, but hadn’t dared to ever think of the other in a romantic way.”
- “She loved to to tease and joke with him, and he gladly took it as a sign of her affection.”
- “As he stared down the wrong end of her drawn arrow, he thought he saw a flash of recognition in her eyes.”
Now those are some electric relationships waiting to happen!
Also, never underestimate the power of a cliff hanger. Leaving your starter on an unresolved note will have potential partners dying to fill in the blanks. You’ll be flooded with interested responses!
What’s your secret to roleplay starters?
What sort of roleplay starter has worked best for you? Do you have a method when it comes to thinking up hooks or characters? What’s the starter that has gotten you the most responses?
Have fun writing sexy, intriguing starters for your next Rolemances. Did any of our tips work for you? Let us know! Happy Rolemancing, everyone. 💋