On collaborative writing

Hello, visitors! How are you all? Well, I hope!

Here I come again to talk to you about random matters, as usual! So, without too much rambling on my part today, let us go straight to the theme of today’s post, shall we?

So, those who have been reading around the blog (are you there? Don’t be shy, I don’t bite!) probably already know I have a passion for writing. I would say writing is seriously the love of my life, along with reading.

As you can see from this blog – even though it’s still a somewhat new project -, I’m not shy at all about writing solo. I actually enjoy it, it’s fun, liberating, relaxing, and – oddly enough – not really stressful. That might be because I do this blogging thing as a hobby, but it is really a fun and relaxing thing for me to do.

Still, there’s another kind of writing that really pleases me as well, and one that I do even more often than I post here on the blog, and that is collaborative writing. 

What is collaborative writing, you ask? Why, thank you for asking, voice in my head, you are so helpful when I’m writing a blog post.

Collaborative writing is basically what the name says. You collaborate with a person, or several people, in order to create a story, or a world and a story within this world. It is also known in the online world as roleplaying – not the kind people do behind a bedroom door.

How does it work?

Well, that is a pretty broad question. Since it is a hobby, it can work in several ways.

People can do it in person, what we call tabletop roleplaying. Sadly, I don’t really have the time or space to join in on one of these, as I live in a smaller city where there are no regular groups I can join.

People can do it still in person, by enacting the roleplay’s scenes. This is known as LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing. It’s a fun type of roleplay I have tried once or twice, but it does take a lot of time and work in order for it to happen. A place has to be picked out, the people involved need to be somewhat carefully picked out as well – as they are going to be in a public or private setting with others -, and rules must be set. It can be a lot of fun if everyone involved follows the rules and has enough creativity to think on their feet.

And then we move to the third kind, the one I’m going to approach here: online roleplaying via text.

Even this can be done in several ways, basically either in real time or through other means.

In real time, from what I’ve seen (I’m not really into real time roleplaying), people have been using mostly Discord nowadays. Some use Facebook messenger, and some still use Skype or Hangouts, from what I’ve gathered. Nothing wrong with it, it’s just not my cuppa.

In other means of communication – aka, not in real time -, you have e-mails, forums, tumblr, etc.

I can only speak of what I’m familiar with, so I’ll mention only e-mail roleplay and forum roleplay.

I have been doing forum roleplays for a few years, and I really have fun with them. I like spending time on forums, getting to know the communities, and just creating stories with people.

I also really enjoy roleplaying via e-mail. To be honest, it’s my favorite form of roleplaying at the moment. It’s more relaxing, I don’t feel pressured into rushing into posting, etc. 

But Jay, how do  you find partners if you prefer to write via e-mail?

Thank you for asking, voice in my head. Once again, you are so helpful and kind. Well, I often find my partners via roleplay advertising forums, or good ol’ reddit. From then on, we chat up – via e-mail or Discord – and start writing. Simple as that.

Via forums, you have to do a little bit more work – join a new forum, or create your own, advertise, etc, etc. Not that it’s not fun, but it’s just… a little bit work-intensive, and I really don’t want to do any more work than I have to. I do run a small forum, though, but it’s basically extremely laid-back, with just a handful of people building stories together within a fictional small town.

I have joined a few forums as well, and even staffed on forums I don’t own, but it’s mostly just way too much work to do in order to roleplay. There is drama sometimes, there are unreasonable demands, there’s having a hard time getting someone to talk to me, let alone write with me… perhaps I’ll share the ‘horror’ stories (while not revealing names) some day. Who knows?

Until I do, though, I’ll just close this one off for now, as I believe I have talked – er, written – enough.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or things you’d like to see me post about in the future, let me know in the comments!

Many blessings, and see you on the next post!

2 thoughts on “On collaborative writing”

  1. I do forum roleplay too! And my blog (the parts in English, because not everything I write on the blog is in English, they are mostly half English, half in my mother tongue) deals with roleplay aspects too.

    I think writing with others is more fun than writing alone. You have the opportunity to communicate, to get advice and ideas on plot points and character development, and brainstormed plots are better than those any of us could have come with individually, because they have all the best from each side.

    What things interest you? My site is Age of Sail/ Colonial West Indies in 1720.

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    1. I know, I actually found your blogger through a directory site! I’m going to read through your blog as soon as possible, as I’m really curious as to what you have there!

      I fully agree with you, having a writing companion makes the process much more entertaining and dynamic. I like doing some solo too, but I think it’s having the partnerships that keeps me actually doing any writing at all.

      As for my interests, it’s honestly easier to ask what does not interest me, as I like to dabble on pretty much everything, from high school drama, to supernatural stories, to some historical settings (I’m very passionate about the Victorian Era, and a few others).

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting! :)

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