✤EMWATSONRPH HOW TO: WRITE A QUALITY PLOT
Alright loves, today Liv is going to teach you how to write a quality plot. We’re going to talk about academy rps, OC rps, and rps based off songs. If this goes well I’ll do a part 2 with more types of plots. Hope this helps!
Ok first things first, no matter what your rp is based off of you need a strong plot. Yes, no one likes reading plots that go one forever but one paragraph plots hardly develop an rp. You ask your applicants to send in a 2+ paragraph sample with their app, you might as well show them you’d do the same if you were applying. I don’t really think it’d be fair to ask them to write a lot if you’re into even going to put effort into writing a strong plot.
✤ACADEMY/BOARDING SCHOOL RP’S
Academy rp’s are, in my opinion, one of the rp’s where your plot needs to be a bit longer. Since this is such a common type of rp, most of them start to blend together. Yeah your theme/color scheme might set you apart, but what really’s going to make you stand out is your plot. The first thing you’re going to want to include is something interesting about the school to hook people in. This is the line that’ll stick with the reader and address if your school is for the richest kids in London, the most troubled teens of America, or the most gifted students in the country, etc. For example, say your school is called Rowling Academy, it’s set in Scotland and only the richest students can get in, this would be a good opening line, “Founded by the notable Rowling family in 1845 Rowling Academy, located in the gorgeous hills of the Scottish countryside, is the only choice for Britain’s elite.” That, as an applicant, would draw me in and make me want to read more. I think this type of rp requires 3 paragraphs. One to describe the school’s history and why people go there. The next to describe the student’s and the type of students you’d find in the hallways. The third would be to explain student life/what they do for fun, or the conflict. For example if you had a PLL type A character, that would be the paragraph to explain it. Make sure you end on a type of question, or mysterious note that will leave the reader interested and entertained. An example of that would be, “Rowling Academy is changing. The scholars vs the partiers. Which side are you on?” Ok that was kind of crappy but you now get what I’m saying. Here’s a quick list of things I often see left out of these plots:
- places in town for the students to go on the weekends
- what the rooming situation is. how many people per room, how many housing buildings there are.
- who the headmaster is. is she/he strict? or could they care less?
Alright in my opinion, these are the rp’s that require the strongest plots. You haven’t taken the time to write bios so you should put that time into having a flawless plot. Lately a lot of rp’s popping up have been OC and you’re going to need yours to stick out if you want apps. Since OC rp’s can be on literally any topic this is going to be a bit more general. I think that no matter the topic, the plot should be at least 3 paragraphs. Make sure if you’re doing three paragraphs, they’re long. While you can argue 5 sentences is a paragraph 15 sentences won’t cut it. The first line, like an Academy rp should have a hook; A sentence that draws you into the story no matter what it is. From what I’ve seen, most OC rp’s are set in a destination location, like Venice, Miami, or the Caribbean. So for the first paragraph make sure you explain what’s going on. Give a description of what’s happening; are these teens on the runaway? college students on spring break? For example, “Spring Break. The one week where everything isn’t what it seems. You can escape from the pressures of course work, constant study sessions and small dorms for the luxuries of beaches, parties, and sex. For this group of teens, Miami Beach is exactly what they need.” Of course it’ll need to be longer than that but that’s a good start. It has a hook, a few interesting bits and tells the location. You’d want to continue explaining what they’re planning to do, how much this opportunity means and why this is interesting. Your second paragraph would be used to completely explain the setting and the resources available to the characters. If we’re continuing with the spring break theme as an example you’d want to explain the hotel they’re staying at, details about Miami Beach and the type of parties they’re attending. It’s important to completely develop the setting because that’s how the applicants decide what their character will like to do. Someone could say, “Oh they have a bar? I’m going to have my character get a job as the bartender for extra cash!” It’ll give people ideas to make their chara’s 500 times more interesting. The last paragraph should really develop the plot and what’s going to happen in the rp. Yeah it’s spring break but why would that be fun to rp? If you want all the characters to be like party-obssesed, make sure you include that kind of detail in there. Explain the conflicts the characters will run into and end on a mysterious note once more. For example, “Barden University says Spring Break is only one week long…are you heading back to classes? Or is it spring break forever, bitches?” Alright yeah that was the college from Pitch Perfect lol. Ok, here’s a list of things often missing from those plots:
- the type of chara’s that are going/attending/staying at whatever the rp is about
- details about the location beyond the words, miami beach
- ngl these are always the plots with the worst spelling/grammar so pROOF READ
- oh and they’re usually lacking originality. come up with a unique idea, please.
These have quickly become some of my favorite rp’s. I just wrote a full plot based off the song Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran so I feel like I may have a bit more experience here. Make sure the song that you pick is something that actually would make a good rp, not just a song you like. For example, I love the song Nobody’s Perfect by Hannah Montana but I doubt that would make a really quality rp. The reason I picked Autumn Leaves was because there were lines in it that prompted a really good plot idea and I could really see characters in my head that would relate to the lyrics. Once you’ve picked your song, I’d say find about 4-5 lyrics you really love. You’ll want to set up the plot with a lyric in italics, then a paragraph basically describing the part of the rp that connects to that line. The first line should be a bit of an opening line that will act as your hook. The first paragraph should be a bit general, explaining how this lyric is influential. The first paragraph for my plot talks about how we all react to the death of people we don’t know compared to if we’re close to the person. By keeping the first paragraph general you’re explaining the significance of the song and how that problem/emotion affects people in real life. The next line you should use should be one that develops the plot. For example I’ll use Hollywood by Marina and the Diamonds. “Do anything for a dime, looking for the golden light.” The paragraph you’d be writing after this lyric would be to explain that there’s always a group of young kids in Hollywood that’ll do anything for the money; anything to become famous. You’d explain the characters, and their need for ambition here. Really develop the type of people and why the lyric would apply to them. The next line should be one to explain the setting and plot, one that would relate to what’ll be happening a lot in the rp. “Hollywood affected your brain, you wanted kissing in the rain.” In a way to relate this to the plot you would explain how all the characters are absolutely obsessed with Hollywood. Talk about how maybe there’s a competition to get your own reality show and how the characters are all competing for it. Since they’re so obsessed with fame, the competition would be exciting and ruthless. This is a way to bring a plot out of a song, not just write paragraphs based on lyrics. The last paragraph should be used to conclude the plot and put in any last minute information about the setting or plot twist that you hadn’t included before. “American Queen is the American dream,” For example, the winner of the competition may be named, “Queen” This is another way to bring aspects of the song into your plot and tie it all together. Here are a few things I always see missing from these plots:
- setting. you need to develop where the rp is taking place!
- how the song connects to the characters not only the plots
- originality. make sure your song hasn’t been used 500 times before.
And I’m done. Well this is really long! Hope it helped ya babes! If you want me to do a part 2 for other types of rp’s lemme know!