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Hi there, writer! Did that get your attention? What brought you to continue reading? Was it the all capital letters or the crazy, chaotic word usage? It was totally the sarcasm, wasn’t it? Well, whatever the reason behind you reading this was, studies show that if you’ve been engaged in reading this far… you’re in it to win it. So, congratulations and welcome to Pisces’ article on…
ENGAGING FELLOW WRITERS!
You’ve done it! You have finally come up with the perfect story and now you want to get others to join on the adventure. Now you’re sitting at your computer/typewriter/desk with a quill in hand and you need to figure out ways to get others to share your vision, get enthusiastic about it and want to dive into it head first with you. But how? How can you make that opening post, that beginning, so amazing that people are practically knocking down your door to write with you? Here are some simple things you can do to bring the writers to you:
STEP 1: Don’t overcomplicate it.
Put the dictionary down, Maverick. You don’t need to keep putting in those five-syllable words every two sentences to make you sound smart. We know you can write; that’s why you’re here. But if people need a thesaurus to figure out what you’re saying then odds are they are going to walk away within reading the first paragraph. Those pretentious, billowy, voluptuous adjectives should be sprinkled on like, okay sprinkles, but not used as the main ingredient. Keep it simple and fun.
STEP 2: Leave some mystery.
Remember you are not Tolkien. You do not need to create five new races, six languages and twelve artfully drawn maps in your introduction.
If you give readers too much to digest then they are not going to know where to start and, odds are, they won’t even bother. Leave some mystery behind the intro. Maybe they found a strange artifact and it suddenly glows and then… BAM… now what? The more wiggle room and potential say that writers could have within your story; the more likely they are to come and write with you.
STEP 3: Try writing in a different POV.
Giving a new perspective in an introduction is a neat way to open things up. First person views are rarely done, but seeing the world from the character’s eyes let’s readers get captivated right away. Third person views can let the reader experience environment and interpret emotions. Does anyone know the second POV? If you do… well… then write in it! (Plus, I’d like to see that. You know, for science.)
STEP 4: Have a plan!
Go into the story with an idea of where to go after everyone’s obligatory “Hi I’m here!” post. Nothing kills a story faster than the words: now what?
Once you feel like you have a good crew and they are ready to go… then go! People hop in and out of threads all the time, but if you are like “The Little Engine that Could” and you keep chugging along then the writers will too. And, hey, it’s fine if it turns into only one or two writers! Sometimes those produce the best plots!
STEP 5: Enjoy it. Have fun.
If you’re not having it; then neither are your readers. People can sniff out boredom in writing like a bloodhound. RPers, like us, could kill a thread faster than Superman with kryptonite if they aren’t having fun. Writing here is supposed to be an escape from the reality and all the crap that goes with it. People want to write a post with characters and not a doctoral dissertation. So, loosen your tie, drink that Mountain Dew and roll with the writers.
So there ya have it! Five simple steps for engaging readers in that critical, awe-inspiring, jaw dropping opening post and keeping writers writing with you. Now go out there young RP explorer! Make me proud!