What would a "Lumpley Principle" for Solo RP look like?
It may not be important, but it’s sort of interesting to me. I’m also restating things that have been said before about solo RP, but that did not show their reasoning behind the conclusion (maybe because it was obvious).
I hope I’m not mangling the LP. The way I (mis)understand the LP, from reading the definition above and reading various discussions with examples, it suggests that social, face to face, roleplaying could be boiled down to negotiation and consensus. If the group wants to overrule a system they’ve chosen, they can if they’re all in agreement. They could potentially decide to throw all the rules away and roleplay based on negotiation alone (and I think I’ve seen anecdotes where this is what happens exactly).
In solo RP, as in social RP, you can also overrule/ignore a system any time you want (and in practice people often do), with the added plus (or minus depending on your POV) that you don't need to worry about consensus or negotiation (I personally think sometimes it’s a plus and sometimes it’s a minus). As in social RP, you could also totally throw away any system you had chosen…but when you do that, it becomes indistinguishable from creative writing.
In the case of the group, if they were writing things down instead of talking (as in play-by-post), the activity looks a lot like collaborative creative writing.In solo RP, if a person talks to themselves instead of writing, then I don’t know what I’d call that creative activity.
The line between creative writing (collaborative or solo) and roleplaying seems very thin. I don’t know that it means anything. It’s just very interesting to me.
If you were to think of an axiomatic principle to define solo RP, in the way that the Lumpley Principle tries to do for social RP, what would it look like?
edit 2/12/2016: A provisional definition could be something like: "System (including but not limited to 'the rules') is defined as the means by which a person commits to (settles on) imagined events during play."