<font size="1">July 7, 2014 UPDATE
thanks all for the continued support of this stamp throughout the years. It's become my mom favorited and most popular deviation, which as an artist is honestly kind of frustrating but as a member of this site i appreciate the support. it's nice to know people like, and are using, my stamp!
when i uploaded this, i thought a "good oc" meant an oc that you've had a long time. i thought that time measures how good of a character they are. i was so afraid of creating mary-sues that i avoided creating interesting characters all together. i was more worried about what other people would think of my character than i was at creating a character that i loved and that i enjoyed writing about, drawing, rping with, etc.
a good character is a well rounded character. a good character has strengths, things they take pride in, things they're naturally good at. a good character has weaknesses as well, things they just cant do, things they're scared of. a good character has a rich and full backstory. with a good character you can think of events that happened in their childhood and say yup that's why they're this way. with a good character you focus on more than just your character- who are their family? their friends? do they have a boyfriend? are they popular in school? an outcast? how do they talk to people? is it different depending on if who they're speaking with?
creating a good character is knowing what you're talking about. it's doing your research. knowing your character inside and out. make them interesting! make them boring, too, if that's what you're going for. stop writing your ocs for anybody but yourself. if you want your oc to be able to sing like an angel and paint like da vinci go ahead. balance it out with negative things (they can sing like an angel- but they never do it at an appropriate time. they cant paint like da vinci- but they waste their time doing half hearted graffiti art.) make your character who you want them to be. </font>