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is it narcissistic to make one of your characters yourself?

StellarBlitz
Thu, 01 May 2014 21:35:13 GMT

I want to show you guys what I'm like and... yeah. plus, I'm one of the main characters of this Marvel fanfiction I'm writing. ehehehe

Devourer
Thu, 01 May 2014 21:47:58 GMT

It's not really narcissistic to make a character based off yourself. A lot of folks do it. I think the only thing that matters is how you present that character in your stories. You present them well, your readers will like them. If not, well then you may need to work on said character a bit more.

Smoppet
Thu, 01 May 2014 21:57:23 GMT

I think it's commonly frowned upon unless it's for comedic/satirical reasons (like you're making a comic about your experiences, etc). I mean, I would advise against it if you're trying to make a serious story.

roanmertin
Fri, 02 May 2014 02:21:29 GMT

You aren't really Mary-Sueing it up unless your self-insert is a trademark MS; in that your self-insert is the centre of attention and takes away from the other characters and the plot with her ~awesomeness~ and ~specialness~ (i.e. a Mary Sue!). So I mean maybe some people aren't all about it, but if you fit really well into your own story with the fictional characters you'll be all right

dearest-harley
Fri, 02 May 2014 04:45:05 GMT

Writing yourself in as a character can be really cool if you do it correctly, but can become redundant and boring if done poorly. The number one most important part of creating a character is, of course, creating a well-rounded individual with unique and interesting traits and quirks, and since you know yourself best, you can use yourself as a template to create a lifelike character. Where most rising authors fall short is adding flaws... Some find it difficult to write flaws for themselves. By using only your good traits, you create a Mary Sue and an uninteresting character who lacks depth. By adding your true flaws, a character has more depth and flavor, and people enjoy reading about character who feel just as real as they do. So test it out and see how it flows! It's your book and your fanfiction, so you do whatever the hell you want with it :)

CareBearKidd
Fri, 02 May 2014 05:08:09 GMT

I have a self-insert for Pokemon. uwu She's a younger me, basically, and I do it for nostalgia and fun. I think I do it well enough--but it's easy to make a character for Pokemon since there's so much room for creative freedom. It allows me to indulge in my youth and inner child on the few occasions I use her in RP. So I think it's a good idea to look back and make your old self a character. You understand your flaws and world view a little better when you look back. It's easier to call yourself an idiot, I guess, and use those flaw to create an interesting character. If I did that for me now, I'd probably make a pretty flat character. But 12 year old me? Oh man, such a good character for writing or RP'ing. :)

StellarBlitz
Fri, 02 May 2014 20:11:37 GMT

alright, thanks. I don't think that I'll be a Mary sue, because I pretty much base myself off of my real-life entity, and I'm a total dork. that, and Loki is there to make me stumble and swoon even further. (basic plot: he crash-lands in my front lawn, and I have to jump through ridiculous hoops to get him from the real-life universe to the Marvel universe without tearing a hole through spacetime or something. ehehehe) thanks for the thought-provoking responses, guys! :D

Moyashi
Mon, 05 May 2014 00:39:00 GMT

Some of my characters actually started off as basically myself in the story...but after a while they ended up becoming their own person completely different from myself! I think that its perfectly all right to insert yourself into a story, especially if it helps you understand the perspective!

onlytruemushroom
Mon, 05 May 2014 03:19:17 GMT

I feel like you should just do it how you want. Sometimes people make characters based on themselves, and if that's what makes you happy, do it. YOLO right?

Peachelbel05
Mon, 05 May 2014 08:04:36 GMT

When I was starting my story, I didn't realize that I was actually making my three main characters as the three inner personalities that I have( the face of anger, face of secrets, and the face of belief .) so in a way, we are both putting ourselves in our story. So I don't think it's a bad idea to add yourself in the story. Just put a little effort and a little more will help you get a good story. Good luck! :)

Bluwildfire
Mon, 05 May 2014 15:26:53 GMT

its not narcissistic at all, i do this quite alot and i had the same thought too but there's nothing wrong with make a character after yourself

flightyclouds
Mon, 05 May 2014 15:27:43 GMT

Generally no, I don't believe I've liked any self insert, even from great authors (save for a comedic cameo). Still, this is your show! You should try it now and see how you feel about it a few months after you're done with it

ledanim
Sat, 10 May 2014 03:52:17 GMT

Just be honest about it. I really can't stand self insert Mary Sue characters that have magical powers and blue hair and crystal necklaces and can turn into/speak with animals. Blerg. I think it's great to include yourself in your stories, it can be really fun and help build your presence or brand. I'm going to post a bio for myself soon under my artistic moniker, LED (initials). :)

iceinacupful
Sat, 10 May 2014 12:21:47 GMT

I like to add traces of myself into my characters a lot. Like I'll make one character an artist or I'll make another character hyper or addicted to coffee and things like that. However I do indeed have one character that is literally me but a different name xD I do agree with Ledanim that it is kind of annoying to make yourself a mary sue. Like you have flaws and quirks too so stick them in there just like you would any other character. But if you want to make yourself a flying unicorn with rainbows shooting out your butt I say go for it. Just do whatever you enjoy doing OuOb

SunsetSonata
Sun, 11 May 2014 00:23:16 GMT

It's not narcissistic at all! Well, the way I see it anyways. Obviously, a Mary-Sue inspired by yourself whom excels at everything he/she does and is beloved by all without flaws or imperfections of any sort can be boring at times, but nobody is really like that, now are they? The best part about basing a character off of yourself is that you know yourself better than anyone else; in any given situation your character finds themselves in, you'll know exactly how they'll react. After all, who knows you better than you, right? Go for it! You might even discover things about yourself you never knew. Best of luck!

DarkAlleyCookies
Sun, 18 May 2014 22:50:22 GMT

No, of course not, especially since you're asking about it. (A really narcissistic person would probably be like, "Well, of course I should make myself a character.") Anyways, while I'm not really my own character, all of my main characters are variations of me.

trombono
Tue, 20 May 2014 02:46:58 GMT

No! I actually took a comic class over the summer, and the teacher also ran a character creation class and we had a large discussion on this topic. It's actually very very good from a writer's perspective to write about things you are personally familiar with yourself, because not only are you more informed on the subject but when it comes to certain character aspects you would know more realistic reactions to certain situations and it ends up creating a stronger character. For example if you give the character a personality aspect you have, you would know how to write it better since you know what it feels like! Same things goes with basing characters off of friends or people you have come across in your life. Sometimes it helps solidify their personalities and make them more realistic as a person. (Although keep in mind it is sometimes frowned upon to blatantly self insert a carbon copy of yourself as the main character in every story you have, you should definitely spice it up!)

LesleyDrakken
Tue, 20 May 2014 03:25:32 GMT

No, of course not, not in and of itself. Even if you're not making a character based off yourself on purpose, you're going to end up projecting yourself on to each and every one of your characters somehow anyways. That's an unavoidable truth of character writing. Another thing to remember is to not get caught up in what's considered acceptable or unacceptable. A truly great writer can tell an amazing story about anything- it's not about the device itself, but what you do with it that counts. There's nothing new under the sun, so you just have to do your best to tell your version of the story the way you see fit. tl;dr: There are no bad plot devices, only badly handled ones.

neoHalcyon
Wed, 21 May 2014 15:40:04 GMT

There are a lot of things you could do better than writing a character yourself. On this site, you might make one of your characters you to get the feel for working with the website, but in general, you should steer clear of self-insertion.

Smoppet
Wed, 21 May 2014 18:12:13 GMT

Uh, you don't really have a lot down for this story you're talking about, but from the description it kind of looks like you're going the direction of shipping yourself with Loki, and I would really, _really_ not do that...

lacelazier
Thu, 22 May 2014 02:35:19 GMT

I think it's fair to make characters from bits and pieces of yourself, but to make a character that's 99.9% based off of you is not very creative in itself. It's impossible to write about what you do not know. If, for example, you want to make a character that's based on yourself and you wish to write about a fantasized relationship with you and this character, I think it's okay for you to write it, just that expect that most people who read it may not enjoy it and you might get negative reactions. Something to do to keep yourself happy is not a bad idea.

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