Author has written 3 stories for Teen Titans.
I've been gone a few months and it's inspiration flu time! (and by inspiration flu I mean the semester is over so I have plenty of free time to write something meaningful)
Some heads up: One - The Boy Beyond the Looking Glass is on pause for now. I'm sorry for anyone who read it and found it any if it all interesting, I just don't really like where its going.
Two - Auditions is getting a total make over. I hate rushed stories and quick reads are a tease, why not practice what I preach? In essence the chapter will be a place holder until I'm satisfied with a good long chapter [get ready to read your freaking eyes off]
Three - I'm going to try and pump out more Sad Teen shorts, they're fun to do and easy to write and seem to be semi- successful!
Welp other than that I got nothing left to say!
back to the drawing bored darn it!! (ー_ー)!!
Simple Mary Sue prevention:
You scared that your OC is going to be locked up by the Mary Sue or Gary Stu police? Well honestly it's not very hard to prevent!
First, try to avoid the cliche act of just, "dropping a character from thin air" approach. In all honesty your OC should have a valid reason for showing up or being introduced; and let me tell you that having them on a whim appear or decide to help the main cast or even just be found randomly by the main cast, is really tired and played out. They don't necessarily need to be from the place the story starts from (that's a common misconception) but they SHOULD be connected to the main setting in some way shape or form. [there are some exceptions to this rule, obviously if your going to be breaking the 4th wall then by all means.]
Second, they shouldn't be a reflection of yourself. If you want to put yourself in the story, you might as well either a) state that the story is going to be all about you and less of the cast that your character should only be supporting; or b) write that story personally since it falls a little short from 'Fanfiction'. This is a very common mistake when writers wish to immerse themselves into the story; so try to stray away from similar birthdays, attitudes, thought processes, likes/dislikes, etc.
Third, they obviously shouldn't be able to do it all. Although your story is limited 'technically' by only your imagination, it should 'actually' be limited by the scope of the ACTUAL environment. So please refrain from turning your OC into the Superman of the story. Your character should have flaws, they should be vulnerable, they can be strong in some areas, but if they lack nothing, what in terms of development can they gain?
Fourth, it's not a contest, so there is no need to compare your characters attributes/clothing/attitude to another. In all honesty, your character should be NOTHING like the others ESPECIALLY not the main cast. Your OC should be a new piece to the puzzle, not a smiliar piece trying to fill a spot that doesn't need filling.
Fifth, you really shouldn't let your OC kill a main character. If anything, your OC should die/leave before any of the others. Your OC's job is to give the story what the main cast can't already! If they go killing off other characters than your just lining up shoes that can't be filled.
Sixth, relationships are tricky business. We know on the inside you wish to hook your OC up with the character you like, but don't compromise a main characters personality to due so. Honestly if the character you made doesn't resemble someone that the main character would be interested in canon, then you shouldn't force them.
Seventh, names are a powerful thing. Remember, your character will be referred to by this title for the rest of their existence, so be very careful. Don't name your character something that mirrors an existing character has. No more birds, no more wolves or flowers or vampires. Honestly some of the best names happen to be some of the most simple. Your character needs to be relate-able on some level, so consult a baby name maker if you really are at a loss for names.
Finally, be creative. You unfortunately have the chips stacked against you. A lot of ideas have been taken and transformed, so coming up with something truly unique is hard. But don't settle for the typical, "Bwaaah I'm just going to make my character fly, be super strong, be a genius" just because thinking up something truly new is difficult. I've seen repeats of repeats in this regard. Honestly If I see another I may just gag.
P.S. these two are Teen Titans specific since that's where I usually lurk: Stop saving the team. Just stop it. I don't care how strong, or how clever, or how unique your character is! If your OC swoops in a beats an entire team by his/her self, your automatically a Mary Sue/Gary Stu. You have to think, even when it seems like sometimes the main cast take on incredible odds, they never take on more than they can chew and WIN. Wanna' say kid flash beat the high five? Uh, no, he messed with them and ran away. He nearly got captured for good as well. Wanna say Red X beats the Titans all the time? Same deal, he gets away with the first surprise, but after that, he has to WORK to get away (and thats beaten up without his utility belt and crawling through the sewers escaping at that). Your OC is NOT a one man army, they need to have limits! No one cares if your character takes out a few slade bots or takes a bunch of folks by surprise; but when you start taking out strong individuals that take a WHOLE TEAM to get rid of, you've clearly crossed the 'rational amount of strength' barrier.
Also, your outfit/unifrom needs to be SIMPLE. Details are important, but you don't need to go overboard here. The most variation on ANY teen titan may be Robin in the actual series and Cassie Sandsmark in the comic adaptation of the show. You should have no more design than that! You don't need a cape, that turns into wings, with sparkly shoes that give super speed, and oh by the way, your outfit is made of pure fairy dust and can make all your dreams come true. Keep it simple. Look at Terra's outfit! She wore shorts, sneakers, a t-shirt, gloves, and some goggles; that's it. Thats excluding the utility like belt she wore that served NO visible purpose. Your character doesn't need to be a fashion model here people, it's the little details that are attention grabbing!
hope this helps folks!
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