Making Your Posts More Interesting
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Post by Khaat Lupin Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:08 pm

I'm always trying to include some other, random, non-topic related piece of information. Something about the way my character looks, something she thinks about, something she did just few minutes before. Here are few things that I use to chose what to add.

The List.

    I usually make a long, numbered list of random character related things (you can see Audras here), pick 3 random numbers and include the items that correspond to the number.These can be truly random, minor and major things. Like messy hair, socks not matching, tripping, or mother being sick, feeling really, really sick or injuring yourself.
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"Say a random word!"

    This will require another person. Not necessary real life, a instant messenger will do. So, you simply ask him to say a random word and make your character think about it, or use it, or whatever.
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Tumblr! We <3 it! Prntrest! Deviant Art!

    Basically, you need a site, that gets updated a lot, and contains pictures. So, you simply open it, go to the place where new pictures go (dashboard, notes or I don't even know what), open the first picture and then use it to write. How? Use a random detail (Hey, I just remembered how that girl stole my hat!), tell a story about the person in it, tell us that he remembers the moment the picture was taken, tell us that he simply found the picture somewhere, tell us that he sees a girl just like that walking by, tell us that the view outside his room is just like that. Anything really.
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Items list

    Create list of items that your character owns. Don't be insane. Not like every little thing. Just, the main, key items. Figure out what her favorite jumper looks like, what are the things that he always carry around, if he owns a broom etc, etc, etc. It's always useful, as it gives you a clear picture of these things, it's not just a Merry Poppins bag that you can pull anything from. These are things that he owns and uses and that you can use in posts.
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Past references

    Go, reread old posts and your app. Pick a thing that he has done and make him remember that, in a good or a bad way. Make him think "oh, I should have done/said this or that". Make him say something related to that.
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Pictures of your play by

    Simply go trough the pictures of your play by. Imagine him in the situation, try to write more about the way he looks. Maybe, find an interesting outfit from these pictures. Find a picture that gives you a vibe, that is somehow related to the post. Maybe even, a picture where your and your posting partners play-bys are together?
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The Homeland
[list]Go to Wikipedia, go to Google Maps, go to a picture place and look up the place your character spent it's childhood in. Or lives in. Or, to put it simply - the place you character relates to. In most of the cases, we are not THAT familiar with these places and we can always find out new things. Even if he is from London and so are you. We can always find out an interesting bit of the history, or a cool place that your character loves. Or maybe, in google maps, we find a small park that your character loves. Or the actual place he lives and plot out what he sees out of his window. Or maybe, the great tumblrmind helps you by giving you a great picture of that town, that gives you ideas.
Got some ideas about The Homeland? Good. Go and write about it. Make him homesick, make him bored of that place, make him remember the fantastic bakery on the corner.

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So, what do you do when you see that your post is too plain or too short or simply lacks something?

Thanks to Audra Imbert
Khaat Lupin
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