i dunno about you guys, but when i look back on the characters i used to make for these stories i see… pretty clear self inserts. I mean COME ON:
I’ll be darnged if that ain’t just highschool me.
I’ve also realized that I used to make said characters… SUPER boring. I had a lot of self esteem issues and had trouble looking at myself as an empowered person.
I mean, perfect example is just comparing old Nireth to even my revamp from 2 years ago:
Back when I was writing her in middle/high school she was super lame and cool stuff just kind of… happened around her. She never had any real agency.
6 years later I gave her an axe, an objective, and a real personality.
Now, I have either gotten over that self-consciousness–or at least come to understand myself a little better, and it’s just weird to look back on how I used to see myself.
How about you guys? Do you think making empowered characters helped you be more confident? And if you could re-write those character bios, what would you write now?
*would also like to note that this photo is PRE-FROZEN. ANNA copied ME!!