The Mary-Sue Complaints Checklist IndexWelcome to The Mary-Sue Complaints Checklist! Got a complaint about a character trait, or a plot device? Maybe it's more of a writing style pet peeve. Come on in and read why these specific "traits" aren't necessarily "Mary-Sueish" or "bad writing".The Mary-Sue Complaints Checklist Index3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Before you read any farther, it would probably be best to read my "Mary-Sue: Who is She?" series first before reading any of these because my definition of Mary-Sues are quite different from anything I've read by anyone else. I'm quite open-minded, so if you have a gorgeous, powerful character with a tragic past, I would accept it without automatically declaring it a Mary-Sue.
These are the chapters I have written or am planning to write. If I have submitted the subject, I have put links in this index itself, so just hover over the subject you want to read, and click on it. If you feel I have missed something, by all means, let me know and I'll either add on here, or I'll make a guide for the "Mary
6 tips to create a character (...kinda)Well technically this should be titled "DARQX' TIPS FOR CHARACTER CREATION BOOYAH" or something along those lines - emphasis on DARQX and TIPS which i almost mistyped as "tits" and that would just be incorrect6 tips to create a character (...kinda)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
:icontuxedoplz: Now excuse me whilst i put on my salesperson voice...
Do you want to create a character but don't know where to start? Maybe you just need some tips for a more realistic character? Here at Darqx' easy
used carcharacter tips, we can help!
Let's begin shall we? I'll be using the Hedone High boys as my examples.
Tip #1: Hai baby, what's your concept?
If you were looking for a date this pick-up line would probably get you slapped in the face, but if you were looking to develop a character and shove them in a setting with other characters than it's a pretty handy way to begin. To put it in a longer sentence: What is the point of your character in relation to the storyline and/or other characters?
How to make a characterCreating a new original character for your own use can be both an exciting and scary time, not just for you, but for those who will be hearing about your character in one way or another. That is the main idea behind this guide, to give you some ideas to think about when it comes to making your own character (also called an OC).How to make a character5 years ago in DeviantArt Tutorials More Like This
Come up with a good background for the character:
One thing I can't stress enough is to get at least a decent idea of your character's history before whatever you decided on as the "present time". Things to keep in mind here would be the relationship with parents (if any), natural tendencies while growing up, relationships with friends, things like that. Now I'm not saying you have to have every single little nuance down before you go anywhere else with it, you can paint the background in some fairly broad strokes zooming into one or two major incidents that help shape the character's personality today.
Ten Years of DrawingOkay. I said in the previous journal that I wouldn't talk about my life and doing these looong, boring, boring recaps of the past year.Ten Years of Drawing2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But I'm actually going to do it about the ten previous years.
That's right, you're in for some long speech.
because I've been drawing seriously for ten years !
And when I started, this looked impossible, ten years, so very, very long. But I'm here now, and I thought that maybe there ARE people starting who'd be interested.
So yeah. I'm doing this, instead of stating my personnal achievements or stuff. (maybe another day)
Ten Years Ago
I was nine. Yes really. Look at my profile page, I'm 19. I decided at 9 that I would be a professional artist.
The worst of all is, I wasn't even THAT interested in drawing at first. I was a lonely child who enjoyed nothing more than reading, and I had some difficulties connecting with my classmates. (well, at nine, I was entering middle school, and my classmates were something like eleven or twelv
Mary-Sues: Part 1Mary-Sues: Things You Need to Know and What to do if you see ThemMary-Sues: Part 15 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Mary-sues, Martha-sues, Marty-stus, Larry-Stus and Gary-Stus, we will all come across them at one point. Most of us have heard of them, some have been violently accused of making them via flaming, and others are still naïve to the terms. While people who have been on writing sites for years absolutely loathe them, most are inconsistent with an all-around definition. A majority claim that Mary-Sues are characters that are absolutely perfect in every shape, form and personality, while others just say that they are characters that are just too powerful, unique, or are so clichéd from past characters, and a few say they are self-inserts no matter how well-developed they are. Some on fan fiction sites even say that all Original Characters or Fan Characters (OCs) who are paired with a canon character or just take the spotlight are Mary-Sues. On the other side of the cr
Are you THAT guy?Hey long time no see patients! I've oodles busy lately, but still developing new topics for discussion with you guys This blog is about what to do what to do if you happen to be that guy. By that guy, I mean someone who gets offended, hurt, defensive, or otherwise moody after a critique on his or her artwork. Now, I've talked extensively about unhelpful and abusive critiques, but have not yet talked about this. So let's talk about how to get more self aware and what to do if you are indeed that guyAre you THAT guy?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Critical Responses Are NEVER Fun to Receive
I should begin this investigation by empathizing with you. Critical (or negative responses) toward something you have worked very hard on can be soul crushing. Unnecessarily personal or hurtful comments about the work (or yourself) can also be troublesome. I'm not at all negating your emotions during a strong critique of your artwork, so please bear with me here, the remainder of this blog might seem har
The Mary Sue: An AnalysisThe Mary Sue: An Analysis5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ONLY THE INTRO PARAGRAPH ISN'T FUNNY... RAWR
First, let us ask ourselves: What is a "Mary Sue"? By definition, a Mary Sue is "...a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader." At least, that's the definition on Wikipedia. In layman's terms, a Mary Sue is, simply put, "the perfect you." She (or he, "Gary Stu"s will be discussed later as they are indeed different) is your perfect get away. A succinct and completely flawless rubber suit for you to wrap yourself up in, and escape reality for a few blissful turns of the page. They're constant pop ups all around the internet. Mainly, in fan-fiction and fan comics. But they've also popped up several times in published and printed media as well, and not just in recent novels like Twilight. We may not know it, but Mary Sues have been around us for years, perhaps even centuries. What we further don't s