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30 Days of Fanfic Meme - Day Eight

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Yes, I write OCs.

If the definition I've read of a Mary Sue is correct, these are basically the writer inserting themselves in the story. Considering how many OCs I've done, I wouldn't say they're Mary Sues, although they are based on reality. I've often said if I wrote myself into a fanfic, well, the character would be pretty boring and in many ways, far too good to be true. I'm too much of a goody-two-shoes to ever be an interesting enough character.

I write in real-life too and of course every original character I come up with has some part of my personality. It's not something you can really avoid as a writer, because if it's a reality-based story, as opposed to fantasy or sci-fi, then of course you're going to inject some of your own experiences in the story. I don't see this as a bad thing. Are they Mary Sues? I don't know. I don't think so. I mean, based on the definition above, a Mary Sue is the writer becoming a character in their own right.

The OCs I've created in my fanfics aren't me. Or if they are, they're the me I'd love to be in some respects. Tough, uncompromising, kick-ass women. That's definitely not me. I'm introverted, opinionated and definitely not tough.

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eternal_moonie
Sep. 17th, 2015 10:40 am (UTC)
AWESOME answer!!
phoenixnz
Sep. 19th, 2015 10:51 am (UTC)
Thank you honey.
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