Topic: How to write a good test plan
June 24, 2019 / By Essa Question:
I'm working on a Buffy fanfic where Willow finds another girlfriend after breaking up with Kennedy. My goal with this is to write a more satisfactory story on Willow moving on with her life after Tara (the love of her life) dies. Also because I never cared for Willow's relationship with Kennedy at the end of the show.
Usually when people write fanfic, they'd write a story where Tara comes back to live and she and Willow live happily ever after. But I'd like to write one where Willow finds happiness with someone new.
I tried to be careful to make sure I didn't create a Mary Sue by doing several tests.
Any other advice I should know?
Claramay | 6 days ago
You need to make sure that her flaws show, rather than just being ''informed''; you need to support your claims with evidence, while also letting her good qualities shine through; enough to make her likeable without making her TOO likeable or unlikeable. Also, be careful when describing her; do not use purple prose or meticulous descriptions when you're describing her appearance, outfits, or features; while it's a good idea to provide a description for fans, don't get far too carried away with it. Nobody likes having to read through overly meticulous descriptions, and she may come off as a self-insert Mary Sue to some readers, especially if she's also being shipped with someone. I'm not saying that she can't be paired up with another character, but you're right in taking caution when figuring out how to write their blooming romance. My advice is to let it gradually blossom with time, and explain WHY they feel how they do about one another; do they enjoy each other's company, or like playfully teasing each other? Do they share interests? Do they like doing things together, or why do they feel so comfortable together? They can find one another attractive physically as well as emotionally, but don't let that seem like it's the only reason why they like each other if you plan on writing them this way, especially if you want them to be truly in love, or else it will come off as shallow. Your OC can have strong talents and a great personality, but make sure that whatever reasoning she has for falling in love is strong enough reasoning, and the same goes for Willow.
A simple trick for avoiding writing Mary Sue is to give the character an attribute that you would HATE to have identified with you, then make that trait central to their PoV.
the main things to remember when writing canonxoc is 1: keep the canon character in character, and 2: take it slow. love doesn't happen all at once