I like how you were able to point out problems with your own writing. However, I do wonder about how useful some of this is to people who don't write fanfiction. Yeah, plot twists and stuff are important, as are breaking away from what you traditionally write, and I would like to see a lot more OCs who are actually OCs. I've been involved in exactly one self insert, but the author called for it to be us and not a character. Making characters is fun. I have seven or eight different characters currently. It's kind of an addiction.