What is Roleplay? (Cooperative Writing)
This is a quick reference guide, and is not meant to be extensive or to cover all forms of roleplay. Term usage also differs from place to place. It's a big internet!
ROLEPLAY: Cooperative writing.
Roleplay is turn-based cooperative writing, typically between two or more 'partners'. It comes in a variety of flavors and types, as each player brings their own twist and style to the table.
Most commonly, each player has a character that they control the thoughts and actions of. (It is considered impolite to control someone else's character without their permission.) Roleplay can be something you do for fun, or a way to develop your writing style and original characters. Or both at once! It can be anything, really. It's a little like writing a book with a friend.
Out of character. (You're talking, not your character).
In character. (Your character is speaking and acting, not you). It is best to always keep IC and OOC separate, as a character's though