OC asks: 4, 10, 12, 44, 45 aaaaand 50!
4. A character you rarely talk about? I really don’t have any. Naomi, James and Nassella are my main three at this point, and I talk about them all quite a bit. I DO have future characters that I’m dying to talk about, but have been holding myself back because spoilers.
10. Introduce an OC with a complicated design? Complicated design? As in how they look? I’d say Naomi is probably the most complicated. She has the fade-touched eyes, scars, an amulet now stuck in her chest, freckles, braids…
12. Name an OC that isn’t yours but who you like a lot. Well you know I like Venara @idrelle-miocovani. But I also really like Kate Trevelyan from @sagefic‘s story Haven. The story itself is amazing, but Kate is a wonderful, well-rounded, capable, and fun Inquisitor that I really relate to and love reading about.
44. Something you like about your OCs in general. I like that they are good, and try to do what’s best. I said in my previous answer that my characters tend to be nice, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having good, honest characters that still make mistakes, but are doing their best for themselves, the people they love, and the rest of the world.
45. A character you no longer use? I don’t think I have one. I’m pretty new to creating characters, and I haven’t moved past my first OCs yet.
50. Give me the good ol’ OC talk here. Talk about anything you want. Ugh, open-ended questions are so hard… But I think I’ll take this opportunity to talk about my fears of making my characters Mary Sues.
So when I first started writing a couple of years ago I had no idea what a Mary Sue was. I had started writing NANDNP with Naomi and James based on myself and my brother, and when I learned about Mary Sues, I was terrified about how these characters of mine would be received. I understand the importance of giving characters flaws, and keeping them from being overpowered, but this idea that self-inserts are bad really had me worried. And I think it affected how I wrote. I was afraid to give my characters very strong voices, or even very strong opinions at times. Especially since my fic is about modern characters in Thedas, I didn’t want them to just waltz in and save the day. So I think I was timid with them, and part of me really wants to go back to the beginning of my fic and be less afraid to give my characters a bit more… punch. If that makes any sense?