I have played a few RP games at this point, but the vast majority of the gaming i have done has been my solo (read: playing several char's at once but being the only player) campaigns Brian Ballsun-Stanton has run me through.
In these games, probably because I'm concentrating at playing several (usually newly rolled) characters, most of the play has been combat based. I might go through a town to get information, but even interactions with my various gods and even worship (read: pleading) has been through combat.
When it comes to interacting with NPC's, or soon to be combatants (read: trying to stop a situation from getting violent only to have an assassin throw a knife) I completely freeze up and usually have no idea how to proceed. I really enjoy playing D&D, but I would like to get a better grip of the actual RP side of things.
How have other people who have started out with a more combat focus moved into a more RP flavoured game style? Are there any easy tips for us petrified RP want-to-be's?