If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably seen them. The weirdos who use fictional characters as AVIs and sprinkle their bios with things like: “RP 18+ SV AU OC”, etc. You’ve probably figured out that there’s a community of role players who interact, fanfic style, and maybe you’ve even read some of them.
I can’t explain, or justify why anyone else gets into RP, but I can tell you about my own experience.
The challenge for me has always been sheer, bloody-minded devotion to writing as true to character as I can. I’m my own worst critic, so I’ll admit that I labor over it, but the satisfaction I get when rereading one of our storylines and /hearing/ the characters speak their lines, is beyond exhilarating for me.
I started out like most - with one character, and quickly realized that I had neither the time, nor the inclination to socialize in character (or “IC”) with my Spike, but the idea of flexing my writing chops, and trying my hand at communal story writing was appealing.
Early on, I had this crazy notion that RP could make you feel like you’ve stumbled into an unaired episode of your favorite television show, and that by borrowing screenwriting methodology, a writer could set pacing, and effect scene changes that would feel organic to Twitter’s unique medium.
Trouble was as I mentioned earlier, everyone gets into RP for their own reasons, so while I was working stupidly hard to make my character sound authentic, the storylines I was throwing him into just weren’t satisfying to me.
And then I met Minion. Or more accurately, Spike met Dru, and the foundation for BPRP was laid.
I’m thrilled to have a writing partner who is every bit as devoted to character and story as I am, and /lucky/ to have found someone /so/ extraordinarily talented. Personally? I can’t /wait/ to see where we go from here.