What IS a Sue Anyway?"We all begin somewhere."What IS a Sue Anyway?6 years ago in Writing
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Cliche as the phrase might be, it holds in it a grain of truth. Every artist at some point in their lives needs to pick up a paintbrush or pencil; so too must every writer one day sit down at a computer or typewriter and place the ideas they want to convey down.
Nothing in its beginning is what the artist/writer intended it to be, not in every way. For artists, that line might be crooked or the proportions might be off. Backgrounds might be lacking. Is that a tree, or..Wait, let me squint and twist the paper this way...a cat? With time and practice, however, they'll start to improve.
For the writer, that scene might be lacking some zest and audience connection. That situation might be too unbelievable to have ever happened to anyone. That main character might be a Mary Sue. But what exactly is a Mary Sue, and in this era where some people see it as justifiable to call any original character in a fanwork a Mary Sue (or male variant, Gary Stu or Marty Stu), what