I’m not good at making plots but god damn I think I’m pretty decent at getting involved!
speedo-roleplays, trolldicks, and letusdotherp are way better than me at conceiving and carrying through on their plans, as are sapientpawnkeeper and their group, and I know that neil just made a post about this(which I assumed you were the one that sent?) so I’ll cover some tips for taking participation when you’re not actually the one planning!
I’m not gonna cover how to actually take part, since most of the time, they will already have asked you to. Just because your characters know each other doesn’t automatically give you a ticket to join, so just sit back and enjoy the show unless you’re playing a part.
COMMUNICATION IS SOOOO IMPORTANT. If you’re taking part of a project talk to EVERYONE involved, even the ones that aren’t in control. Know as much about the plot as you’re allowed, and don’t be mad if they don’t tell you everything. This is their story, to further their plots. Unless your characters are very intimately affected, you don’t need to know everything if they don’t want you to know everything.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO. The creators of the story have a direction and tone they are conveying, and you should be able to quickly figure out where it’s going if they don’t tell you right off the bat(they usually do of course). You need to know if you’re able to handle your part. It’s like a big play, a big movie. If you don’t think you can do the part, tell them you might need help or that you can’t do it ASAP. That way they can figure out how to get around it or how to help so that you’re having fun too.
FIGURE OUT YOUR ROLE AND PLAY IT. If someone asks you to join a plot, it’s only respectful that you know what you need to know what to do if they have a plan for you. It might be a small part like you’re just slightly involved to help show off their characters, make sure it’s about THEIR character. If you’re going to play a villain for them, learn and breathe that character. Figure out where you need to be and when you need to be there and honestly, the rest just comes through. If it’s going to be winged for the most part, keep in constant contact that way if you have any questions they can answer and you can better contribute. If they’re stuck, see if you can help!
CONTRIBUTE WHEN YOU CAN. If you have some ideas that could make the story better, see what route they’re going. See if you can make some foreshadowing posts or little drabbles to contribute, you know? Don’t be upset if it gets shot down because it’s not in their vision, though. And if you have an idea but it’s not fully formed, tell them. They’re more than likely willing to give a few inches to help you!
BE FLEXIBLE!! Trust me when i say that coming up with a great story arc and pulling it off is really hard, and stressful. I’ve had my fair share of failed arcs or arcs that never came to be because other people weren’t willing to help or focus on it. So I try to make it as easy as possible for anyone who asks me to join in on the fun, but just remember not to bend too much; don’t let our character be out of character(unless that’s the plot for some reason lmao)
REMEMBER WHO’S PLOT IT IS. They most likely have been planning this WAY before even asking you to join in, about their characters or their settings, and they’re putting a BIG amount of trust in you to help them make the story the best it can be, not only for them but for the people affected(aka you and any other participants). While you may even have a big part of the story, it’s still their plot and work that formed everything. Unless the part is explicitly about you, don’t make it about you.(of course, a post about how everything is making the character feeling—aka just writing that context in a post like i see done in all paragraph rps)
ALSO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS STILL AN RP. It’s not a fully written novel, you just have an outline where to go that way the feelings and reactions are still pretty much raw. It’s not fun if everything is completely scripted out, and it makes everyone stressed if that script isn’t followed. Sometimes it won’t go the way it was originally intended to go, and that’s okay! It might even make the story even better as long as it doesn’t comPLETELY deviate from the plot
And of course, HAVE FUN WITH IT. If you’re making a new character, like an npc or something, fucking ham it up! Have fun with it dude! I mean, Thugga was actually Neil’s design, I just took him and gave him form and played the parts I had, and now… well now look at that mother fucking asshole. Make a drabble that shows more about them, make some art about it(if you can). They chose you for multiple reasons, and their trust in you and your skills is a good part of it as well as how your character’s affiliated!
Of course, this is all tidbits I learned over the years, so you don’t HAVE to follow this strictly. Just remember to be courteous and helpful, and I think you’ll be fine!