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From the Blog: "Write Your Characters Into Different Worlds"

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Why limit yourself to one world for your character when you could write them into dozens? Nova, a young writer here on the YWP, invites you and your novel’s characters to enter into the wondrous world of online roleplay! 

Roleplaying is a very ambiguous form of collaborative writing that a lot of Wrimos really appreciate. It allows us to create any character we want in any universe with anyone. I mean, what could allow more literary freedom than that? Many see it as an escape route from reality, similar to reading a good fantasy novel, but it can actually help hone your writing skills.

Even if the setting is completely different than the novel you’re working on, submitting a character that you want to develop into a roleplay that mirrors one of your own stories can really further that character’s interactions and history inside your novel. Roleplays can provide some clever inspiration in ways you could never expect until you face them in a story navigated by many people working together (or quarreling, which makes things exciting) to form one plotline. It is a very sporadic and reactive type of writing, so if you know how to handle yourself well in a roleplay, you can conquer the age-old writer’s block that everyone seems to hit in the middle of a chapter.

If your novel is extremely specific in its setting, so you can’t possibly fit your characters into a different environment, starting your own roleplay with a few friends to expand the visualization of your universe is a terrific idea! You can brainstorm your own story in a controlled space where you can even receive critique from others.

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Nova is an aspiring activist with big dreams — though those dreams will forever accommodate the insane amount of books they hold near and dear. They hope to kick off their campaign for the environment with their website, When they’re not helping small ants cross the street, they indulge their passion for writing through the beginnings of their realistic fiction novel about LGBTQ+ teens. They’re determined to make their future bright and make a difference as a conservationist.

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