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Gothic

What is your posting routine?

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I have a handful of PCs and also moderate my forum with site-wide plots and moderated threads for those who request specific interaction. 

 

Mondays are my Admin days. I work on Lore, approve character sheets, update the cast of characters and the census, and do moderated posts. The rest of the week, I will reply to moderated threads whenever a player responds, but otherwise, I distribute my PC replies throughout the other days I'm not busy at work. I have more PCs than days of the week, and I don't usually post on weekends because that's family time. 

Sometimes, I can schedule and follow a list. Other times, I just chase my muses. Whatever gets a few posts out, I do it!

So, I guess I'm semi-structured? Hmm. Sure. Yeah. That.

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I am fortunate enough to be retired so....

 

I have scaled back on my online time. Most evenings I put the computer away by 7 or 8 PM. When real life is being kept at bay, I spend every other morning answering tags or writing posts. I start with sites other than my own. The alternate mornings, I spend on doing site and lore maintenance and on RPG Initiative!

 

Lately, however, my preferred schedule has been blown up by various things. I am gradually getting back to it.

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I usually post better at night, often anywhere after 7 pm my muse decides to spark up and I can write for hours.  I grab a bottle of water, pull up my laptop, make myself comfortable, and get ready to go.  I don't really plan out where I'm going to post most days.  Usually, I just ask myself what threads or characters do I feel like writing for and go from there.  In the past I've tried to schedule certain characters for different days of the week, but that inevitably drained my muse because if I wasn't feeling a character on their day then I just wouldn't get anything done.  So, now I just kind of just browse through my threads and see which calls to me more, and then I'll open each thread I want to reply to in a new tab each, then open up a new google doc and get to work.  

 

Its incredibly hard for me to write during the day, either because I'm busy or because I just want to use that time to be away from the computer as much as possible unless I'm working.  Nighttime is rp time, and kind of a reward after spending the day being busy with real life stuffs.  

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Generally I treat it a bit like a game of ping-pong. Soon as I see a post I attempt to reply to it so that I'm not leaving people waiting. However, I do have a day job so typically no posting while I'm at work and I don't sacrifice sleep for writing. Only time that is not the case is if somebody writes something so off the wall that I'm not sure how to respond or its been so long between responses that I've lost track of where the story was going.

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I generally have a routine but the routine varies. 

Sometimes it is open up oldest post first and work through in that direction. Sometimes I try for the most difficult for me one first, or the longest. Sometimes I'll do the easy ones first. I do tend to open up a post from every player and go in that order. I may have 1 thread with one player and 8 threads with another player but I want to get every person (not necessarily every character) at least one reply, you know? So I'll kind of go in that order and try not to circle back around until everyone has something. 

If I'm really into a thread I'll often start a response as soon as I've been tagged but a lot of times I wait overnight before finishing it or posting it because I like to have things settle in my mind, if that makes sense, in case I want to change it, especially if it is a possible plot changing moment lol... so I just continue in my order once I've gotten my burst of response out and bring that one up again when it's that persons turn to have a tag again. 

I write best in the morning when I'm sitting with my daughter directing her schoolwork and she's halfway working quietly, and also in the range between 8-10 pm so that's usually when I sit down to write. 

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Unless I'm posting in public (i.e. between classes or at a coffee shop), I tend to alternate my spot every hour or so just to keep from getting too bored and antsy. I have a nice office chair at my desk and then one of those plush lumbar pillows propped up against my chest of drawers that I switch between.

 

I always write post drafts in Notepad so I can look at the post before without switching back and forth between tabs.

 

Sometimes I eat chocolate or drink hot cocoa, but I can't tell if that makes me slower or faster.

 

I go in batches by character, starting with the character with the oldest-due reply to the newest, but first I'll make a to-do list with all of my replies so that I can get that little dopamine rush of checking off a box.

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