Thank you for writing that defense of OCs. Honestly I have written OCs and self-inserts for over 15 years to escape from and deal with lifelong abuse and trauma. Disrespect like the above person's post is exactly why it has taken me 15 years to start actually posting it online, and I still feel insecure. Your defense has made me feel a lot more confident in my reasons, and you literally brought me to tears. Thank you.
There is no need to thank me, anon! I can relate because I write primarily reader-inserts. So having someone reblogging directly from me and offhandedly saying I shouldn’t upload my work simply because they don’t like the genre really upset me tbh. I work my ass off on my fics just like everyone else, and people like that are one of the main reasons I stopped updating for almost two years. Plus, saying OC, self-insert, and reader-insert writers are automatically creating “Mary Sue’s” is just outright degrading, and it disrespects so many people’s hard work.
They’re entitled to their own opinion, but trying to tell people not to create content at all, or to not post the content they busted their ass to create simply because they deem it unworthy is super entitled, rude, and it’s outright unfair to those of us who do write stuff falling into this category.
You have every right to post your writing whenever, wherever, and however you please. It might not be everyone’s thing, but hey! I’m sure there are plenty of other people who do enjoy it. And as I said in my response, we all write for ourselves regardless of genre, so if it makes you smile and fills you with even a small bit of happiness; fucking do it! Myself, and plenty of others will support you and your creations!! :D