1. Apps that help you focus
Cold Turkey (for Windows) and Concentrate (for MAC) allow you to block websites that distract you from your tasks, which in our case is writing our novel. You choose how long certain websites are going to be blocked. Cold Turkey is actually so genius that you can’t reset your settings, which means you can’t cheat.
2. For Poets
Poetreat helps you to find the right words depending on the rhyming theme you choose. Welcome to the future!
I’ve already talked about this app but it’s really perfect, which is why I’m repeating myself. It’s like a virtual notebook that helps you to organize your whole life and your stories.
4. Get Encouraged
Ever heard of Help Me Write? It’s very simple: you add your writing ideas and your audience will help you decide if you should pursue that idea by saying if they’d like to read that.
5. For Radicals
Write or Die is an evil little app that will punish you if you don’t achieve your goal. You set how many words you want to write and choose what kind of ‘punishment’ you want, should you not succeed.
6. Get Help - literally
Poetica is a community of writers who are willing to put their work up for editing by anyone who is a member. Unfortunately it’s not open to everyone yet, but you can subscribe to their mailing list and wait. I think it’s worth it!
7. Organize Your Brainstorming
8. Name Generator
If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with names. I choose names carefully because I believe that names influence the story a lot (this might be silly, but I can’t help myself). I used to stare into nothing for ten minutes trying to come up with good names for side characters and then started a 30 minute Google search and then all of a sudden I was on tumblr and…yes, exactly. I lost track of what I was actually doing: writing. So this name generator that I found really helped me.
What are your favorite apps and websites? Please share them with us!
The Hyphen (-) is a punctuation mark used to join words and separate syllabes of a single word. The use of hyphens is called hyphenation.
It has several a purposes, such as:
Connecting two or three words (and/or numbers) into a single concept, generally an adjective:
The family’s money-saving measures have been helping them to build their savings.
Spencer is a 15-year-old boy.
They’re also necessary to join numbers (e.g. twenty-two) and as substitutes for ‘to’ when discussing range of value (e.g. the high temperature will be 87-89 degrees), although it is less common and considered informal. In fact, it is preferred to use en-dashes.
The dash is a punctuation mark that is similar to a hyphen or minus sign but that differs from both of these symbols primarily in length and function.
The most common versions of the dash are the en-dash (–) and the em-dash (—)
These are the dashes you use in writing to denote breaks in the sentence, or as parenthesis. The only difference is that when you use an en-dash, you use it with spaces. When it comes to em-dashes, you use them without.
It’s been raining all day – it’s been cloudy too, in fact.
It’s been raining all day—it’s been cloudy too, in fact.
The en-dash, like I said previously, is also more used for range of value. Instead of writing “from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.”, one could use ”1:00–2:00 p. m.”
While there are many more applications to the dashes, and actually other types of dashes as well, they’re not as well-known or used in everyday writing. Style usually varies, too, so I tried to keep it basic.
The em-dash is a favorite of mine to break sentences, and while it is a great tool to alter the pace of your story, be careful not to overuse it.
Well, bio RP’s are not as difficult as they look and can be quite fun! It’s my favorite kind, here are some helpful links for your journey. I used my own masterlists links to find ones that were best for a bio RP.
Promoting & Tagging
Setting up an Application page and rejecting applications.
❆ How to Write
- Successfully Write Many Characters - And Keep Them Diverse (rphqueen)
- Writing In-depth Characters (keir-reviews)
- Guide to: Writing the Perfect Bio (struckby-therphelper)
- How to: Making a Great Bio (soatyourservice)
- Guide To Writing Character Bios (ellyhelps)
- How to: Show a Character’s Personality in 3 Paragraphs (curlyfriesrpc)
- Use Archetypes to Create Literary Characters (rphhelp-advice)
- Balance Out Your Character Types (psychrph)
- How to Write Bios ( adam-and-ian-help)
- Need Help With Character Creation? (hermajestyhelps)
- How to Create Premades That Are Effective and Have Purpose (fat-amy-rph)
- Things to Think About During RPG Character Creation ( errantdreams.com)
- How to Make Your Supernatural Characters Unique and Interesting (benedicthelps)
- Writing Character Bios (writeworld)
- Matt’s Tips → Aspects You Might Be Ignoring When Creating Your Characters (wehelprps)
- Creating Believable Characters (thewolf-rph)
- How to Write A Good Biography (georgiakincaid)
- Biographies (For Dummies) (thetrolliestcritic)
- Components of Your Character Biographies (shackleboltrps)
- How to show a character personality in 3 paragraphs (rphelper)
- How to Write Bios (roleplayrater)
- Writing Character Bios (writeworld)
- Write a Biography (And Make It Interesting) (rpcgron)
- Biographies (For Dummies) (thetrolliestcritic)
- Your Bios Could Lose a Few Inches (thegoodwitchrpc)
- Canon Character Bios Guide (mean-people-suck-rph)
- Create a Cast of Characters That is Interesting and Will Keep Your Plot Moving (rpcgron)
Writing original characters (for fandom RP’s that you need to add new characters, and to supply your applicants)
- How To Create An Original Character
- Creating a Well-Developed Original Character
- How to Create a Believable Original Character for Fanfiction
- Creating and Developing an Original Character
- Creating an Original Character
- Writing 101: Creating Interesting Original Characters
- How to Create a Fictional Character from Scratch
- A Simple Trick to Make Your Characters Pop
- Character Creation
- How to Make Your Own Character
- How to Develop a Character for a Story
- How to Create a Character
- Want to Write Stronger Characters?
- Special Fiction Writing Week: Creating a Character
- Writing A Story – Creating Your First Character
- 5 Ways To Make Your Characters More Three-Dimensional
❆ Writing a lot
- The Bio Machine (and How to Become One) (critiqualicious)
- Writing lots of bios (acciorpc)
- Simple tips to get into that “bio monster” mode (irant-rpc)
- Character/Bio Writing Template (rptheme-helper)
- Bio Skeletons, What & Why (avandalerpg)
- Keir’s Favourite Bio Templates (keir-reviews)
- Different Bio Format Examples (nayahelps)
- Masterlist of Bio Formats (thetrolliestcritic)
- Naming Your Characters (reyesrph)
- Naming Your Characters (linderwrites)
- Tips for Writers on Naming Characters via babynames.com
- Baby Names
- Our Baby Namer
- Baby Name Genie
- Name Generator
- How to Give Your Character the Perfect Name via Writer’s Digest
- Character Name Generator
- Random Name Generator
- Rum and Monkey
- SSA: Top Names of the 1950s
- First Names Reference Database
- 1000 Most Popular Names of the 1950s
- 100 Most Popular Baby Names
- Bey Bey Name Generator
- Angel Names
- More Angel Names
- Royal Baby Name Generator
- List of Demon Names
- 20,000+ Names From Around the World
- Fantasy Name Generator
- Demon Names
- Scottish and Irish
- Victorian Era Names
- Naming Your Characters
❆ Personality traits
- List of personality traits
- 100 positive and negative traits (acciorpc)
- Positive Personality Traits (prancingloon-rph)
- Underused Personalities/Traits (grandehelper)
- Character Traits (niallrph)
- List strengths & weaknesses
- Character Traits Meme
❆ Faceclaims and diversity
- The Importance of Diversity in Faceclaims & Demographics (poshhelpers)
- RP-Helper’s FC Directory (rphelper)
- FCADVISORS: 50 FC’s who can pass as High School Students (14-18)-Male Edition (fcadvisors)
- :50 FC’s who can pass as High School Students (14-18)-Female Edition (fcadvisors)
- 50 who are 19 or younger (acciorpc)
- 100 FC’s who are 20 or younger (acciorpc)
- 100+ Males Who Can Pass For High Schoolers (poshhelpers)
- 100+ Females Who Can Pass for High Schoolers (poshhelpers)
- 50 Male POC’s who can play teens (acciorpc)
- 50 Female POC’s who can play teens (acciorpc)
- Under 18 Female Face Claim Masterlist (fchelpers)
- Under 18 Male Face Claim Masterlist (fchelpers)
- Black Female Face Claim Masterlist (fchelpers)
- Black Male Face Claim Masterlist (fchelpers)
- Hispanic Female Face Claim Masterlist (fchelpers)
- Hispanic Male Face Claim Masterlist (fchelpers)
- How To Make Your Roleplay A Safe Space for Trans* People & Characters (thetrolliestcritic)
- The Difference Between Personality and Behaviour (starksrph)
- Character Building with Tarot (morkierps)
- Masterlist of Bio Connections (reyesrph)
- How To Write A Bio Based On A Song (allisonroleplays)
- How To Determine The Age Of Your Character (rpcgron)
- Are Your Characters Well Developed? (rpcounselor)
- 12 Common Character Archetypes (hermajestyhelps)
- Masterlist of Secrets (thatfrenchhelper)
- Writing the LGBT Community (totalrewrite)
- 100 Character Development Questions for Writers
- 365 Character Questions for Writers and Roleplayers from errantdreams.com
- Getting in Touch With Your Character by thewolf-rph
- Masterlist of Character Development Questions Inspired by Different Fandoms by benedicthelps
- Character Questionnaire
- Is your character a Mary Sue? By Spring Hole (a must read I believe)
- 35 questions to ask your characters By Marvel Sprout
- The 100 most important things to know about your characters By Mini world
Quirks/jobs and what not.
- 100 Character Quirks by hermajestyhelps
- 1000 Character Flaws and Strengths by thewolf-rph
- Ash’s Guide to RPG Personality & Background
- Guide to the world of occupations
- Interesting Jobs
- Complete List of Careers/Jobs - career-descriptions
- Secrets Masterlist
- 12 Common Character Archetypes
Admin Tip #011: Plot Boards
We all know that OOC blogs can become quite cluttered with chatter of all sorts of topics, and it can sometimes become quite a frustration when someone posts a note about wanting to plot or having an open thread when the blog is going on and on at a hundred notes per minute, and of course, it doesn’t get seen.
There is a simple fix for this. Plot Boards. I recently reviewed a game (x) that incorporated using an engine called padlet. It’s a platform that allows to pin something similar to sticky notes on a central location where one can post notes and move them around as desired.
The benefit for roleplaying purposes is that the members of your game can access the board and post ads for a variety of things that get lost in the OOC: open threads and conversations, ads for connections, suggestions for plot ideas—it can all go here that way there is a filtered way of keeping important, in-game related things out of the clutter of what an OOC blog can become, and well, it’s really simple to use and I personally believe that RPGs should utilize something like this more. It’s much simpler than trying to organize a separate page or blog that requires constant maintenance whereas with padlet the player can simply upload the ad themselves.
The aforementioned game that I reviewed was the first game I’d ever seen to implement something like this, and well, I found it to be quite innovative, so I figured I’d share it with the lot of you.
In this pack, you'll find 150 fonts in total which are definitely my favorites.
But my tip is that I don’t think a straight up application for an admin will cut it. It’s a good start, but like obtaining a job, it’s just the first step. Even retail positions have lengthy interview process and to find someone truly right, you’re going to have to go through them to. That said, I’ve personally only admined an RP with people who I know and have RPed with and talked to on a consistent basis. And liked. THAT ALSO SAID, some of them were terrible admin material. Because I went off the basis of “I like them and they are a good RP partner.” A good RP partner does not a good Admin make, my friends. Lesson freaking learned. Don’t repeat my mistake.
So the question is, ofc, how do you know if someone is or is not a good admin? And one you can work with? Not easily. Which is unfortunate. But this is how I’d go about it.
I think first and foremost, make sure who ever you choose is as invested in the RP as you are. I don’t know how far along you are with your RP, like if it’s running or a WIP or about to start taking apps etc etc. But obviously, get it to a point where you can gauge genuine interest. Because even if they are a fantastic admin, if they peace out or don’t log on that often because they have no interest or investment in the RP, that doesn’t matter. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re online 24/7 (though it can help). But more when they are around, do they contribute? Do they try to make themselves available? Are they willing to participate and play well with other members?
Okay, so you have a (potential) long term member who is invested, but can they admin? Obviously, ask if they have been an admin before if they’ve handled tough situations. Treat it like a job interview. Give them scenarios. Like “if I were away for x amount of time and it were up to you and you got this or that in the inbox, how would you handle it?” or “if in the same scenario, the players did this, how would you handle it?” That should give you a good idea of their mod style and if it’s inline with yours. Obviously, you might not be on the exact same page but if they seem like a good fit by then you can start talking it out and have discussions.
From there, make sure you two work together well. Do you communicate well? If you’re talking on messages or skype, does it feel like the flow of communication is easy? You’re going to have to talk with each other a lot and if it’s not easy you’re actually adding work where you’re trying to alleviate it. And we should’ve covered that you two have similar mod styles before but this is where you should make sure that they are willing to act together with you.
If you’re worried about what can go wrong by adding someone into the fold with you, don’t give them all the responsibilities right of the bat. Ease them in. Maybe they just queue promos. Or just update the app count. Or keep track of participation. Ask them to run answers to questions on the main by you for a period. That way, you should be able to spot if thing aren’t going to work out pretty fast and nothing’s been worse for wear.
And if you are seriously worried, have a back up of your main and materials etc and a backup URL attached to a different email address before giving anyone else access. Paranoid? A little. Potential saving grace? Could be. Better safe than sorry. But if all goes well, this should be completely unnecessary and a little ridiculous.
Look I found things that are helpful:
Can we just appreciate
….Please tell me you’re joking. I made these in September [proof]. That’s me and Allie’s in progress THG RP.
Look familiar? I’m not saying your graphics aren’t good but was it really necessary to redux my graphics?? Like it’s the same genre and the exact same idea and the same font type?? Was it entirely necessary to use the exact same format and layout or to come up with your own design?