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Admittedly, one of the most annoying pet peeves for an author of a fan based work would be creating a good original character. One has to be careful not to create someone too powerful or too weak, and not to put too much emphasis on them or too little, if they are not too much a part of the main storyline...it becomes a wrestling match.
Trying not to make your character end up as a Mary/Gary while keeping them interesting and unique becomes a main reason why many limit their Original's to just a few, but what happens if you really want to toss things in a different direction?
Discuss your Original Characters here.
Gee, that's true. It's really hard to make up good OCs. What I do is I tend to create permanent OCs or those that portray the same roles, have the same appearance, backgrounds, etc for different works. In RPs, I have the same character build for different groups.
Well, for myself, I do like to experiment. I have yet to create a character similar to another to such a point that they are nearly identical, mainly because I cheat a little....I tend to
bend but not break
a rule most authors set for themselves, that "editted self" or "self insert" rule.
I don't create self inserts, but instead, I take "packets" from myself in order to create OC's.
All of my OC's have something in common with me, it might be an event in their past, or a certain quirk in their personality. I do this as a way of grounding them. I can relate to them easier and put myself in their shoes more effectively that way, I can think like them, so I tend to make characters that end up being more on the low powered side, but whose personality are more like a real person's.
(Of course, I don't leave my OC's powerless...)
I also borrow a lot from the literal hundreds of fantasy books I've read. I have a very wide knowledge of different types of magic and creatures, so I put that to use when creating OC's to make something unique.
As for OC's I get rid of quickly, those I tend not to elaborate on. Makes um easier to get rid of after all. Those that I do expand on though...they end up going out in a more violent/elaborate way than I originally planned.
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