Finally after nine years, I have come up with a story that works for Alex Ghost (my first real OC, hence my username). I realized that I had tried too
hard to make her a good character, and every time I updated a biography for her, it was too complicated/complex for the world of Danny Phantom. I had never before figured out how even Danny himself fit into the equation fully. But now I have an idea who she is. I've taken the bits and pieces of her life from my more recent bio and possibly earlier bios, that made the most sense with her character and pieced them together to create a story that makes much more sense. I will upload her full bio later, along with a drawing of some sort.
This was something that had really bothered me for a long time. Someone had called once told me (after I tried to submit her to a group) that she was flat out ridiculous, too complicated, and because she was blind, she was apparently like every other blind superhero in existence and therefore unoriginal (I guess people thought she was exactly like dare devil, who I believe uses his fast reflexes, echolocation and superb hearing abilities to make a map in his head of where things are, while Alex is just flat out psychic. If anything, I was somewhat inspired by Star Wars at the time, and had a friend who has a parent who is blind, which led to me creating a blind super-heroine in the first place).
Normally I can take constructive criticism, but at the time I felt like this was more of an attack on my character; That I hadn't made it clear enough on who she was and that no one would ever like her. I am a person who suffers from many anxiety disorders so this bothered me so badly that I couldn't even think about Alex Ghost for nearly three years without feeling panicky.
I have long since forgiven this person which is why I have no intention of naming names. But I have also finally realized that only I can decide who and what my characters are. That it should only matter what I think. That I should make Alex who she is for fun, and for my own benefit and not for the approval of others. I was so afraid of her being labelled a sue, that I hindered myself in her creation, and over complicated her back story to keep her from seeming unoriginal. I am no longer afraid.
I no longer believe in the terms "sue" and "Mary sue"/"Gary stu". I only believe in characters that can be modified and worked on. Not all of us start out with great OC's that make sense. Some of us wrote our first characters the way we did because it made us feel better, and they helped us to cope with our day to day problems. I think that we are all finally coming to terms with this (especially in the Danny Phantom community as we have all grown a lot since the show began).
So yeah. I needed to put that out there. Because I was done with years and years worth of anxiety over my own OC's. From now on I'll just have fun with it, and only hope others might share in my fun and joy
I finally feel free.