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How do I know if my character is a self insert and how do I avoid it or overcome it?

Your character almost certainly is a self-insert on some level. This can be said without even looking at your character for several reasons. All characters are, on some level, drawn from one of two ...
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How do I know if my character is a self insert and how do I avoid it or overcome it?

I believe all authors insert themselves into their stories in some way, and that isn't a bad thing. It is an effective technique to use for characters who need possess knowledge of the greater world ...
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Is it okay not to write something you feel you don't want to write?

It's your story. There are plenty of great stories that have no murder, no torture, no natural disasters. Romances, for example, get their conflict from far milder sources. A story of a great ...
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How do I write characters that aren't just a copy of myself?

Think about other people that you know, and how they would react in a certain situation. Think about memories that you have of things that have happened to them, and how they have acted. Consider ...
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How do I know if my character is a self insert and how do I avoid it or overcome it?

Use Character voice Inserting yourself into the story isn't necessarily a problem, however, if it happens in several characters and they all sound and think like you, then you have problems. You want ...
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How to Avoid Personal Biases when writing Historical Fiction

I would recommend reading Gene Luen Yang's Boxers & Saints for perspective on how someone else has dealt with this question. It depicts the same historical conflict through the viewpoints of a ...
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How do I write characters that aren't just a copy of myself?

There are two steps here. The first is ensuring that you have characters who do not think and act like you do. Since it's not happening automatically, you may need to actively assign characters ...
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How do I write characters that aren't just a copy of myself?

Read obscure texts. I'm currently writing a novel where I'm blatantly stealing a character from a novel written in 1800. I'm sure nobody has ever heard of the original character because this Chinese ...
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Is there an unbiased term for undocumented/illegal immigrants?

First consider whether you trying to describe legal status, intent, or living situation. "Illegal immigrant" could be correct to describe someone convicted in a court of law of a criminal ...
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Is there an unbiased term for undocumented/illegal immigrants?

Almost anything you use will be abused. When my grandfather entered the USA from Italy, he came into New York City, and at the time, immigrants were allowed into the country without any passport, ...
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Is there an unbiased term for undocumented/illegal immigrants?

Visa-overstays Most undocumented immigrants arrive on a valid visa (tourist, student, etc) and then do not leave when the visa expires. In situations where this is the case, visa-overstay would be a ...
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