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  • Roleplay Academy: becoming better writers

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    1. Introduction

    Hello and welcome to our community. So you're interested in RP. That's great. Are you completely new to writing? Or do you have years of experience? This Academy is where everyone starts. We can't wait to see what you have in store! Be sure to put your best foot forward. The point is to help you become a better story writer and guarantee a good experience for everyone.

    Take a gander at out official INTRO & BALANCE SHEET! The guidelines in intro are a quick and dirty summary of how Eurthers operate. What you choose in the balance sheet will serve as your canonical starting stats! Feel free to edit them throughout your academy phase as you get a better feel for what you want your nation to be!

    2. Writing

    You already have a writing sample?

    That's great! Be sure to share it. An example of your talents will make it far easier to estimate your skills.

    You don't have a writing example?

    Not a problem. Our dedicated staff is here to help. With easy writing prompts and relevant feedback, you will be guided towards completing your candidacy.

    What should you write?

    Some writing prompts are listed here. Each RP in the Academy can be rated using the stars system. You will be expected to write your first RP on your own. This should serve as an introduction to your nation and/ or main characters. Staff and mentors will also share guidance to help you improve.

    • A change in leadership. This can come in many forms: a peaceful election including debates; the death of one and coronation of another monarch; a revolution and overthrow of the government; etc.
    • A tourist visits your nation and describes the sights and experiences. What is there to see? What are the people likes? Which cuisine do they enjoy?
    • A snapshot into a citizens life. What a person in the country does. Y'know, what do they usually eat? Where do they work? When do they sleep? How are their relationships handled? etc.
      • For a place like Derthalen, he could write about the peasants, the slaves, the nobility, and the lack of technology and attitudes towards family would be obvious very early on.
      • For a place like Iverica that's more normal this prompt can kinda suck but people watch reality television so obviously there's people into more mundane situations.
    • A cultural event is happening. People are invited. What is happening? Where is it taking place? How are people behaving? Is there any media reporting on the event?
    • Shopping. Your character goes to buy something. How does this work? Who do they talk to? How is money exchanged?

    What should I be aiming for? 
    Good writing is a combination of quality and quantity.

    About quality: it’s important to give a strong sense of the place and offer a landscape of the imagination that sweeps the reader into the wurld. A focus on wurldbuilding adds depth and meaning to your writing, is a great way to brainstorm within your writing, and helps you forge deeper connections to the wurld on the page. And therefore, your readers will too.

    About quantity: I can already hear you think "how long does my text need to be?" Too short will be, well, too short. Aim for something between 500-1000 words. Here are some examples:

    Can you be specific?

    The bare minimum requirements for passing the academy are:

    1. A RP story of your choice. You choose! Just stay in-character! (e.g. slice of life, news post, political drama, action story, historical RP, etc.). It should give everyone an idea of what life or events in your nation are like. Refer to the above sections for guidance.
    2. A basic factbook that contains a general overview of your nation and the stats you are choosingEurth officially uses iiwikiHowever, if its too daunting for now, feel free to post a simple draft on: our in-forum list!

    Updated: 08/02/21- There are now only 2 requirements to pass academy. News RP has been removed as a requirement.

    Once you've posted all of these on the Academy please contact a staff member by message on this forum, or by pinging @staff on the Eurth Discord. There might be some delays as all staff are volunteers!

    3. Graduating

    How does graduation work?

    Each RP in the Academy can be rated using the stars system. If a minimum of 2 staff members support your writing, then your candidacy will be approved. This means you graduate to become a full member and can join our larger community.

    How long does someone remain in the Academy?

    Depending on the quality and feedback they can graduate to become a full member. An already experienced player will have no problem writing their way through this trial. Graduating will grant access to the main RP areas, where more interaction is possible.

      What happens to the RP's in the Academy?

      These RP's are not directly part of our canon, but they can be promoted if the community agrees the quality is good enough. This means your academy writing are moved into the main RP forums and become part of our shared stories.

      P.S: Dont forget to set your final stats!


      NOTICE: Before you go, the staff would like to bring up the faint possibility of your becoming inactive.

      1. First is that if you become inactive or do not interact with other players very much, there is a possibility that staff may choose to place you elsewhere on the map or edit your lore. In some cases, if you are completely inactive, you may be removed from the canon entirely.
      2. Second is that inactivity can also take the form of simply releasing posts that do not in any way engage with the community.
      3. Third is that while you may own your intellectual property while you are here; becoming inactive certainly means that staff can take control of your posts and content. The community must move forward despite one member's absence.

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