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Something that occurred to me last night:



Writing RPS is really the first step on the road to original writing, or at least a step further than FPS. FPS helps us future writers develop our style and become better writers, yes, but RPS helps us more.

Because good fanfic depends on taking someone else's characters and getting into their heads. But the groundwork has been laid for us already: there is such a thing as in and out of character, if they were written with any kind of consistency by their original creator. And why would we be interested in them if they weren't?

With RPS, on the other hand, we pretty much have free rein. Because yes, we're writing about real people, but none of us really knows what they're like. So we may extrapolate from things the celebrity in question has said or done in public, but ultimately what we're doing is inventing personalities, and putting famous people's names and faces on them.

So RPS is the best way to go if you want to write original fiction one day. It's practice.

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From:sparkyred
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 01:53 pm
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So's creating own characters and alternate realities - without the legal hassle.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 02:19 pm

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No, but that's still fanfic, because it's still based in a world someone else created, or keeps their characters in character. If neither of those apply, then you might as well change the names and call it original.
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From:sparkyred
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 02:21 pm

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Exactly. Once you get used to writing in a framework, writing in a framework you created is not only easier but the writing is also of a better quality.
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From:avariel_wings
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 02:22 pm
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Yes, indeed. But a lot of us don't feel confident enough to make our own frameworks right away - and RPS is sort of the step in between full-blown fanfic and original writing.
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From:sparkyred
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 02:27 pm

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You don't normally make a complete framework right off, and it doesn't need confidence. It's usually done for fun. Plus, sometimes, there are real people with real personalities that have to be in character as much as characters from films or books.
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From:mhw
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 01:57 pm
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You seem to imply that it's a developmental process - that one cuts one's teeth on slash and then moves onward, improved, into 'real' writing. I'd dispute that; I was writing original fiction long before I'd even heard of slash, and that was a good decade or so before I wrote any fic of any kind. Perhaps I'm taking too strong an interpretation of your proposition, but I thought I'd disagree with it anyway :)
From:frydgreenvelvet
Date:June 9th, 2003 - 02:09 pm
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Y'know, that is the only decent reason for writing RPS I have ever come across. And It sort of makes sense, too.

But, it still sort of squicks me. Which is why I close my eyes when I read it. O_o
From:paranoidkitten
Date:June 10th, 2003 - 10:46 am
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Agreeing with what mhw has said - this only applies if, as a writer, you've started off with fanfic, which isn't always the case.

On the other hand - yay RPS! *grin*