Hello there! This is my first crack at posting a thread in the institute, so I'll do my best to make sense. Please just bear with me, and if you need anything explained don't be afraid to ask. ^-^ (Also if you have any practical advice/criticism on how to better this post or my attempted aid that's welcome too.) So basically I'm creating this thread because it can be difficult for roleplayers, and new roleplayers especially, to play characters in character. What I mean by that is making the character act in the way that that character would actually act in any given situation instead of making them act in the way that you want them to or would be most convenient. To help improve that tendency I've thought up this little exercise. For the sake of simplicity I'll jot down the instructions of list form. Instructions 1. Pick a character (OC's may work better, but any character will do) 2. Look at the questions below and take a minute to think about your answer - how would this character honestly act in this situation, or how would this end up effecting them. Remember to take their personality and past experiences into account. 3. You can answer the question in one of two ways; You can either simply write down how that character would react to a given situation and why they react that way, or you can write a short paragraph describing that characters response. Still with this second response remember to consider why your character is reacting in the way that they do (what personality trait or experience makes them act that way?). OK, so, clear as mud? Perfect, onto the questions~ Questions: 1. How does your character express sadness? Are they very overt about it, showing tears and wearing their heart on their sleeve? Do they isolate themselves or perhaps even grow increasingly irritable and angry? 2. Similarly, how does your character express anger? Do they internalize it and explode later, cry, hit things? 3. More positively, how does your character express happiness? Are they overt about it, cheering and laughing, or are they more subtle? Do they try to hide it? 4. If your character very suddenly was thrust into a position of leadership, perhaps forced to become the leader of a large group of people, how would they react? Essentially, how do they respond to positions of high authority and extreme responsibility? 5. How would your character react if, when visiting a big city for the first time, they realize that someone stole their wallet? What emotion would come to them first? Would they try to get it back? 6. If a stranger were to randomly insult your character what would they do? Would they jump into a brawl, let it go? 7. Now think of the previous question once more, but this time imagine that the person insulting your character is much larger and more powerful than your character is. Would that change their reaction? 8. If your character was asked out by someone who was kind, yet they had no interest in, what would they do? 9. If a close friend of your character's made food for them but it ended up tasting terrible what would your character do? 10. If, after starting a fight or battle, your character found out that they were massively overpowered and had no hope or chance of winning, what would they do? Would they leave their pride at the door or perhaps fight on in a hopeless effort to keep that pride alive?