… You mean “characters”, right? I was slightly confused for a second there.
It’s perfectly fine to have a lot of characters and to continously come up with ideas for them. My ‘main’ character has been my main character for like, ten years. Sometimes you just have ideas you really like, and that’s fine. It gets kind of annoying when somebody does nothing but come up with characters instead of actually do things with the characters they have, but if this stuff is continously coming to you then you might as well let it.
I’d say use something like Charahub to keep profiles for your characters in one place, if only for your own personal reference and the ability to keep track of everyone in your roster. I’ve seen people use Excel spreadsheets too but Charahub is more fun.
Here’s a “tutorial” somebody posted on a forum I check sometimes about using “better words”:
Imagine, This is you:
He sat on the rock as he turned his head and stared at the clouds before looking back down.
We’re going to fix that by doing this:
The brute sat on the slender rock as he then turned his cranium and stared at the clouds before moving his cranium back down.
See how much beter that is? Imma give you guys some good word choice now:
Legs: PIllars, Column, Limb, Shank, Fore Legs (Front), Hind Legs (Back)
Head: Cranium, Crown, Dome, Skull
Jaw: Maw, Jowls, Muzzle, Orifice, Mandible
Feet: Pad, Paw, FOundation
Rear: Haunches, Rump, Buttox
Hip: Flank, HInd, Quarter, Pleura
Eyes: Optics, Pools, Opals, Orbs, Luminaries
Now you try RPing with these fancy new words! Good luck!
I shouldn’t even have to explain what’s wrong with this
Sometimes those kinds of RPs can be super fun even if they’re basically ripped off from something else. While originality is great and all, it’s be silly to expect every RP to be some kind of bastion of creativity.
Lately I’ve been making characters who are a little uncreative on purpose just because it’s pretty fun to do and it’s totally shameless indulgence lol
In most cases I advocate just saying no, but in this case you might want to also try and nudge these people into RPing differently, like in paragraph style and with less focus on cutesy fluff. Sometimes it takes a little bit of shoving.
Tell your friend you don’t feel comfortable doing it. If they’re your friend, then they should understand.
Sometimes things can happen where people just don’t feel like RPing all that much anymore. It sucks a lot to be on the other side of, but maybe you could ask your friend if something’s going on and if it’s something you can help with, otherwise the only thing you can do is be patient, even if five years is kind of uuuuh a long time.
I think this is fairly common, actually. I’ve only been in one or two RPs that haven’t crapped out basically immediately due to participants losing interest and not saying anything about it. It’s fine if you’re just not feeling it anymore but the courteous thing to do is let everyone else in the RP know, not that I’m insinuating you don’t from this ask or anything I’m just typing what I’m thinking right now. words.
I think it’s mostly just a matter of finding the right RP, the right people, the right characters who will keep you engrossed for more than a page or two. It can take multiple attempts for something to really click and from my experience this is just a part of writing/role-playing.
I’ve RPed at places that have rules against “metagaming” like this because it’s illogical and frustrating. I don’t get why people do it in the first place because besides making no sense, it’s a lot more fun for your characters to find these things out through the natural progression of a story instead of just knowing for no reason.