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OC Stamp by ChibiGem OC Stamp by ChibiGem
<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>
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Sleepstar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
For my "Non-Fanfiction" project I'm working on I have written out a rough outline of the main eight characters. For example, the main protagonist, Lucas Hill, is a thirteen year old at the start of the project, and twenty five in the epilogue of the project. The deutagnist, Amber McCormack, is thirteen at the start and in the epilogue she is twenty-four while the triagnist, Harold Rivers is twelve at the start but turns thirteen halfway through, and by the end he is twenty-four years old. But I have put them through character development quite a bit, and they as well as the other characters, have interesting backstories. 
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TechnoWolfeh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Kii must be updated.
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wolflover999647 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very true!
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DaBair Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm still working on traits for my main Ever After High OC, Isidore. As I read more of his parent's story, I choose aspects from the story to put into him.
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wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kay went through alot of development within the past 14 years and I'm proud.
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NiftyNautilus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I created Thea Waldseemuller back in September, and I'm still trying to figure out what to do with her. :)
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Emlovescookies Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I had to update Emiry a thousand times @.@ She STILL needs to be updated -Em
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LovablyAwkward Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have created many OCs, many of which I've scrapped because they were absolutely perfect. It didn't make any of the writing fun or realistic. 
When I finally came up with Ama (the first OC I experimented with for several months), I was very conflicted; what should I name her, how should she behave, what will her history be? How will she look, how will she dress, where will she live, how will she develop? 
I chose the name Ama because it sounded INCREDIBLY easy to remember and all to normal, like the name Meg. She behaves like me, her history is based on a really good friend of mine, and though she's a demi-goddess, she is also human, and I make her human attributes stand out way more than her demi-goddess attributes. 
All in all, I had a lot of fun creating her. I'm also surprised on how readers relate to her. I was told that she was one of the most realistic OCs out there, and that made me feel good! 
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XCamorothNacaraX Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true! Nyx was a couple-year-long development.
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dattebayo12345 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it took me 4 years to make my oc, still not finished making him :D
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