Sure can. And if I cannot find many gifs of him, I’d be happy to make you a few. :)
Annie Sawyer's Ideas: "How's my driving?"
What is “How’s My Driving”?
"How’s My Driving?” is any constructive criticism that helps a writer improve their writing and how their character is written. It’s initially a way to help players improve small grammatical errors, their pacing, or sentence structure. The idea of “How’s My Driving?” comes in to help roleplayers improve as writers. I’ve seen it used on dreamwidth, livejournal, and invisionfree. And from what I’ve seen, it helps a boatload.
How would one go about doing, “How’s My Driving?”
Simple enough. The easiest way to do this would be to make a post on the main, asking the players who would like to participate to like the post. On the permissions post, the directions would be placed. Then, you really just get the ball rolling and help one another out. See what I mean by simple?
What are the directions?
For those who want to participate, the task would be as simple as turning on anonymous. Once they’ve done that, they would have the choice of whether or not they would like to critique their fellow players annonymously (with what they’ve seen from their posts) or merely receive the criticism themselves. Maybe it’s because of their excessive use of commas or random sentence splices? Possibly, it’s criticism having to do with a character completely derailing from their bio? What ever the issue is, it MUST be constructive, helpful, and honest.
"How’s my driving?" is not a something created for hate or drama. It is there to help writers improve on their writing — something I believe roleplay really is for, other than a bit of fun. By receiving feedback from other people, people are able to notice their weaknesses in their writing. I have seen many roleplays and their admins stating their want to help their players become better writers. So, I’ve decided to share something that could. Hopefully, some of you will take from the idea and use it in your own groups. It’s an idea I’ve seen used to make great writers out of good writers. Who knows — maybe it could even help you?
Damien Molony Gif Hunt (request by: colin1x1s)
Added Note: If you want a gif taken down, let me know. None of these are mine. Please don’t reblog unless you’re a rph/rpc/rpa blog. 100+
I’ve been reading up on body language and stuff trying to make my comics less stiff. I put my notes into reference sheet form so other people can use them. I actually took a while making this, so I hope you guys find it interesting!
Also, this font didn’t have apostrophes or quotes so a lot of things seem awkward!? Sorry about that.
also I didnt know this before I made it but the book I was taking notes on is already online… d’oh
E.T — Katy Perry (classical cover)
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) - Resource for Crime Writers
1. Details are key.
Every human being on this planet (and possible aliens on far away worlds) have random little details that make them who they are. Favourite colours, favourite music, favourite drink. That little bit of a certain song that makes them go all tingly or that part of a film that, for some reason, makes them cry or laugh or want to throw things at the screen. Everyone has details, whether it be looks: Scars, moles, blemishes, eye colour, freckles or personality: sense of humor favourite sport, bad memories, good memories, insecurities. It is your job as an author to know every one of these for every character you have, because it is your job to create a person who becomes real to the reader.
Handy hint: Think about every detail of yourself and write down as many as you can, then apply that same thought process to your characters. It may be a lot easier than just making them up if its not something you’re strong at.
Everybody has a backstory as its learning from the past which makes us act and react how we do in the present. Even simple stuff as touching fire making us realise that it burns, so we refrain from doing it. Our backstories, as boring or exciting or depressing or hilarious as they might be, are what makes us who we are- and the exact same goes for your characters. It is important to note as well that they don’t all have to be tragic. I mean, obviously if your main character is avenging the death of his father then a tragic backstory is sort of a given, but it doesn’t always have to be. Backstory means past, and the past of a character- their upbringing, school experience, friendships, relationships, family life- is something you need to know well in order for you to know how they would then react in the present. Its a lot to consider, yes, but worth it if you want a believable and realistic and alive cast of characters.
Handy hint: Once again, think of your own backstory. Try to write it as you would a characters, the parts you would highlight, the parts you would leave out. This should help create imaginary ones for your characters.
Point to include: While I very much and always will condone and encourage people to know every exact tiny little detail about their characters, this does not mean you should write it all down. Write down what feels relevant to the plot. A prime example of this would be J.K Rowling on knowing Dumbledore was gay, however it is never mentioned because it is not relevant. Talk about what is relevant, but knowing all the details will not only make you more passionate about your characters but make them easier to write, easier to figure out how they will react and easier to figure out what they do in their spare time. I have always said: if you cannot imagine your characters in a scenario outside of your novel then they are not strong characters, even if its just having dinner with other characters or chilling out at their home or place of work or whatever.