So in the first short story i ever remember finishing (middle school i think.) i had this MC named Paige Campbell and it seems that she's somehow crept her way into almost everything else i've written since. The storylines, themes and genres change, (i bounce between fantasy and scifi.) but her general character (physical features, moral outlook, personality, name) is always the same. Seldom does she have big roles, she usually plays an interesting side char, some recent examples are a cop, woods guide, and herbal healer. If my books were marvel movies, she'd be stan lee. I don't really know why i do this, or if it's a positive or negative. I'll just be writing a story and think to my self, "i wonder what Paige would make of this." or "Dude, paige would definitely know what to do." I was talking to one of my friends who writes shorts and he told me that "alot of writers are guilty of this, but usually they have the common sense to change the name and appearance of the char." i was just wondering if anyone else did this or know of any popular writers that do. if you think it'd be something that would be alright to do if i ever "made it big" or if you think it's too gimmicky.