Now, I like writing and I also like roleplaying. And I have noticed that however different my roleplaying characters may be in essence, in personality, in everything, so you couldn't relate them even in the wildest of imaginations, they still remain me. In many ways, of course with different colourings and tones, they think like me and act like me. And now that I am trying writing something a bit more seriously, that starts bothering me. I always think that all the characters I create either 1)to some extent all represent, be they dashing swashbucklers or elderly merchants, how I would think in a given situation. 2)feel strange 3)both And that is perplexing, because I don't know... will it alienate a reader? And will my quirks make the characters seem odd? For example, I am very shy to a seriously maddening amount, and that might show off in my characters not being so forwards, passionate, or "aggressive", or even if they are, not "realistic" because I have no idea how to write such characters. Furthermore, as I often find characters in books written by others exceedingly... strange, I am given more the reason to fear that, well, most people would feel just the same about mine. And I don't really know people well, either, which even more enhances this phobia. It is probably rather a mundane and pointless question - with little solution beyond doing what you feel comfortable at. But I ask anyways, and please, give me some advice. Even though the problem is so generic.