Holmes and Watson cosplay in the Netherlands. Via Qsimple.
At first, I saw the suits and was enchanted.
And then I scrolled enough to read the caption.
8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they’re not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
Of course I write them, if the story needs it!
The trick is that it needs to be organic.
A story where the OC just appears
from nowhere, and the canon warps around
their specialness, is never gonna work.
And when the fic’s AU, already changing
the background of the canon folks around,
it’s best to use them everywhere you can.
But when you’re flashing back to times pre-canon,
or giving someone illness, in a series
where doctors aren’t a staple of the cast,
or when exploring how a canon setup
appears to someone not at all connected,
or seeing how this couple works with kids,
or working on a casefic (needs a client
for Holmes; a new potential bride for Wooster;
some aliens in trouble for the Doctor;
a victim of the day for Sailor Moon)…
you can’t just shoehorn canon people in.
Provided the OCs are built to fill
the story’s need, and not the other way
around, they likely won’t devolve to Sues.