How to avoid creating a Mary-sueHow to avoid creating a Mary-sue OC.How to avoid creating a Mary-sue2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Ever read a story containing a freakishly perfect character? These are some steps to avoid it:
1.) Know what you’re writing about.
Don’t start writing about something you don’t know too much about. Do some research (that’s why google exists!!! Duh…)
2.) Give them an obvious flaw.
Everyone has at least one flaw in their personality, and doesn’t get it perfect the first time round. Make them impatient (just an example) or make sure if they’re good at something they don’t get it right first time round.
3.) Make them share the ‘spotlight.’
Make sure you don’t make your OC be the center of the universe! Seriously, that doesn’t seem realistic… Make them be part of a group. Let the other characters (from the anime/manga/whatever you’re writing a fanfiction about) have moments when their minds aren’t flooding with thoughts of your OC.)
4.) Take things slow. (*laughin