So, I have not had the opportunity to participate in many RPs, I am actively trying to get plugged in somewhere.
I have seen new role plays created in a lot of different ways. If you have a story in mind, how do you decide between allowing players to create their own characters, versus creating characters with defined backstories to be played?
Do you have a preference? Do you enjoy playing a set character? I assume that in most if not all stories there is room for said character to grow and develop. Have you become better as a writer because of the experience, or did it serve as kind of a creative "break"?