A problem that I have when making characters is that I feel like I could be making them too much like me and then I get really self conscious about it seeming like a self insert. But I'm not sure if the amount of 'me' that I'm putting into my characters is actually abnormal or not. It's not like I base any of them on me, but I have given some of them various traits of mine or experiences I've had or speech patterns/slang that I use. Sometimes it feels like it's the sort of thing where it could be embarrassing/tacky to people who actually know me, but to a stranger it would just seem like an original/interesting character. In the thing that I'm writing now, all of my characters are very different to each other, but I feel like a large amount of my main characters would fit the label 'weird girl' in some way or another. Whether they are a flamboyant magical sea person with awkward social skills or an unfriendly 42 year old woman who spends her spare time catfishing a shitload of people. But 'weird girl' is a pretty broad category. I guess it's a trope I enjoy and relate to so those are the characters I enjoy making the most. When I consciously try to make a character that is not weird in some way they come out a lot more flat. I just wonder if this would make my characters have a self-insert kind of vibe, or whether I'm just being overly self conscious about it. Most of my writing practice has come from fan fiction so I've only recently been practicing with original characters. How much 'me' do you consider alright to put into your characters?