You: Finally you're back! It's been a week, what's with the mega-long post gap?
Us: Uh sorry about that. Anyways... What do you want to hear about OCs and shipping?
You: Well, for those who didn't catch what an OC was last week, can you explain it again?
Us: Sure! An OC (Original Character) is basically a character you create based on the interest of your fandom. This is usually done by artists within the fans of fandom. Or, you could use imagination and write sloppy fanfics. Usually it's a version of who you would be in the series, but many people would make a new person out of nothing but the series. Some people even create multiple OCs, though you generally make one, unless you want sub-OCs as just supporting characters. OCs often become the profile picture of many fangirls/fanboys.
You: Cool! And do you want to explain shipping?
Us: Well! Shipping is when you want to characters to have a loving relationship. Generally it's a love relationship, but friendship can come in to play as well. Usually shipping is between two character in a series who aren't really together, but you wish they were. Then you can make a ship name-a name made from the two character's name combined-for them. For example, if you want a girl named Bella (I know, so totally original), with a guy named Edward or Jacob (I don't know where this is going) the ship name can be 'Bedward' (according to the Internet) or 'Jella'. It's basically a mixup of their names.
You: What's so important about ship names?
Us: Go forth and start the hashtags! You can now understand, fandom slang. You might find someone with the same ships as you and you can all fangirl/fanboy together. Ship names are also a way of telling the world who you think should go together in the series. But beware of haters of certain shippings.
You: How do I make the perfect OC?
Step 1, forget about Mary-Sues. Forget about 'special qualities'. This just makes your OC boring and annoying, as if they've become the main character of the series. They're only supposed to be a side character, and if you're planning on writing something based around them, make sure they're normal. This makes things more #relatable. Don't give them freak colored hair, different eye colour, superpowers or super perfect amazing beauty, unless it's considered normal in the lore. Don't give them some kind of 'tragic backstory' to make up for their perfect God-like status. They're not interesting! Make the, more normal, and their flaws makes them more 'real'. Example: Would you read about some perfect, beautiful princess who is immortal and just brags most of the story about their amazing powers, or the true story of a man who survived alone, deserted. Exactly. You get the idea.
Step 2, make them from the series. You can't have a hobbit inside the Hunger Games, can you now? Well you can, and that's called cross-over (which we will discuss *ahem* soon). Anyways, OCs aren't supposed to be crossovers, they usually are from one specific genre of fandom.
Step 3, think about their personality. They could be the one who doesn't talk to anyone, or a social butterfly! This part is all up to you and your imagination. Think of what kind of person you want your OC to be. For example, you can make him/her/it into a kind quiet character who only has a few friends. Just remember step one while you are planning his/her/it personality.
Step 4, start planning your OC's appearance. You decide the hair/eye colour, the costume (if they need one), their face shape, etc. Sometimes series have a certain outfit for all of their characters. If that's the case, try to add accessories to your character or even change the outfit a bit! (remember step one!) Of course, this isn't necessary.
Step 5, create a draft of your OC. This works both for writing and drawing. This is the part where you combine everything you've planned for this OC so far into the draft. And remember, this is only a first draft, so it doesn't have to be that neat.
Step 6, (if this isn't done already) add some details. This makes your OC clearer to the viewer, whether it's a drawing or writing. You can also repeat step 5 and step 6 multiple times.
Step 7, create the final draft. And BOOM, you just created your very own OC!
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