I saw this question being asked and it lead me to wonder something.... It seems that self inserting your.... person is not considered good practice or should be kept to a minimal. So my question piggybacks off of the one linked with this in mind:
Would self Inserting be okay if it has influence from your life experience and stories and may even mimic elements of your life/past without making it blatantly obvious?
In my story I have my main character based on a few factors... My online persona used in RPG games as well as elements/experiences of my personal life. I am not rich by any means but I was born into a family that was not living paycheck to paycheck. So my main character, I wanted him to be born of royalty which I am not. My main character I would like to struggle in his youth with several aspects of his life like I have but in a fantasy aspect. Say I had issues learning a particular instrument, my main character struggles to learn how to properly sword fight or refuses to do his studies. One of the big plot points I want to hit is where the MC has a "falling to earth" and denounces the bloodline of his family/chooses to live a more simple life. While I didn't run away or denounce my family, I didn't follow in my dad's foot steps like he wanted in an attempt at enjoying the more simple things that life has to offer. So there are many similarities to my life, but I don't believe that if a friend were to read it, they would go, this story is about you. I would mask it in a way that the events are twisted around to match the story rather than be a direct relation to things that happened in my life. For one, I can't say that my character likes rock music because that simply doesn't go with the genre. I can't say that my character likes pizza because again that wouldn't fit into the genre of high fantasy. So am I on the right track to using personal experience while masking it is about me or do I need to reconsider how I am going about this?
EDIT: I saw someone write about how you need to be brutally honest with yourself. For those that know me well, know that I am overly critical of myself. I by no means want to glorify myself into a fantasy tale but rather use life experiences to interject into the story. I have been through quite a lot in my life, and in some ways, more than what someone should for my age. So I have experienced a lot, done a lot of self reflection, and have a lot to draw on for a well rounded character IMHO.