Cait wrote: don't really know WoW lore well enough
I can help you with that. I have been role playing on wow for 6 or 7 years now.
My 1st bit of advice is Listen to the character creation narration!
That was the only lore I knew for the first 5 years.
Or, if your less lazy than I am you can look up your characters onhttp://www.wowwiki.com
I just typed in "Dwarf"
A bunch of options popped up, including
"How to roleplay a dwarf"Dwarves love alcohol, dwarves in bars or taverns without a mug with their hand might raise some eyebrows. Due to their love for alcohol, they don't get drunk that easily, so don't just pass out there after one mug! Just don't exaggerate on this either. Alcohol still has the same effect on a dwarf as on any other race. It doesn't make them stronger or anything like that so bringing a big jug of ale with you in a battle is probably unwise....
This goes on for a while and includes Class,Racism,Sexism,& Personality.
I wish I knew about wowwiki when I started role playing. I was far to prideful to ask for help though.
Welcome to WOW + welcome to Ravenholdt!
Hopefully you will enjoy your play time here as much as I have!