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Old July 1st, 2012 (6:14 PM).
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My advice is to not focus on RPing at all, because it's totally different from writing a whole story, and to think more about books you've read.

But that's a lazy answer, so I'll do my best to answer your question more directly:

I'm not an RP veteran, but as I understand it you often have to think about how your character will react to other characters and events in the story 'in character.' When writing a whole story, it is absolutely essential to consider this for all of the important characters. Who are your characters? What motivates them? How do they play off each other?

Just as important is to consider the events in your plot: Why do they happen? How are they influenced by the characters? Why should the reader care? The logical connections between your characters, their actions/interactions, and the world around them are a big part of how you keep the reader engaged.

And most important of all: just dive in. The community here's all about helping each other become better writers, so don't be afraid to get your work out in the open.
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