STORY REASONS

rjgames asked:

Pros and cons of self-insertion? Is it good? Bad? I’ve seen a lot of people dislike it online so I’d like more explanation as to why. Thank you in advance, you’ve helped me out a lot. 


What a Self-Insert Character Is:

Self-insertion is when you write yourself into a fictional story without a story-based reason for doing so. Typically, this would be an idealized version of yourself being written into an idealized situation that you would like to experience. For example, writing a story about your celebrity crush meeting you and falling in love with you. 

What a Self-Insert Character Isn’t:

Auto-biographies, memoirs, and slightly fictionalized memoirs don’t count as self-insertions, because your story is based on real events and situations that you experienced in some form or another.

The Pros of Self-Inserts

If there’s not a story-based reason for putting yourself in the story, there aren’t really any pros to doing it. The only possible alternative would be if you’re just writing stories for fun or practice, in which case your pros are that it’s fun and it gets you out of putting any effort into developing the main character. But, on the whole, self-inserts don’t make for good commercial fiction.

The Cons of Self-Inserts

The main problem with self-inserts is that they tend to be a method of wish fulfillment for the writer, and for this reason, there tends to be a loss of objectivity. The plot, if there is one, tends to revolve around making the writer’s fantasies come true, with very little story structure or conflict. Events and situations tend to play out in a way that is overly convenient, unrealistic, or completely unbelievable. The loss of objectivity also makes it harder for the writer to see big problems with the story. So, while these may be fun to write, they’re not typically much fun for other people to read.

Self-Inserts in Fan-Fiction

Although self-inserts can appear in any kind of fiction, where they’re really a problem is in fan-fiction. Original characters in fan-fiction are already on shaky ground because they’re not canon, and if they take too much focus from canon characters, that can be a problem. But when that original character is a self-insert character serving as a vehicle for wish fulfillment, the result is typically pretty cringe-worthy. So, if you want to write fan-fiction others will enjoy, self-inserts should be avoided. But, if you’re just writing for yourself, it’s fine.

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*mumbles* now that lukas is badly injured i doubt we’ll get to see their first time after all. it just wouldn’t fit in anymore, since lukas can’t really do it haha i’m not really laughing. i just want to see their relationship progress, and for them to experience their first time together (philip wants lukas to be his first, remember) would be so tender and beautiful, but with only two episodes left i doubt we’ll get to see that happen since focus will also be on exposing ryan more so than the boys getting it on lol… but with the talk about condoms in the first and third episode i was really hoping they would reach that next level of intimacy before the series ended. now i’m not so sure though and it makes me kinda sad

Which one sexts like a straight white boy?

Totally Barbara, but she owns it. Tabitha doesn’t tell her to stop honestly.

Which one cried during a fucking disney movie?

Tabitha, surprisingly. Barbara was just bored, but Tabby started crying at the end of Toy Story 3 for some reason Babs couldn’t understand.

Who put a goddamned fork in the microwave?

Barbara. She does these things on purpose, and Tabby threw the fork at her the last time she did it. It missed.

Who does the silly hands-over-the-eyes “Guess who” thing?

Babs. It simultaneously pisses Tabby off, and turns Tabby on.

Who puts their cold hands/feet on their partner?

Tabby does. She doesn’t care what Babs thinks, tho Babs doesn’t care either. She likes her girlfriend’s feet on her shoulders.

Who had that embarassing Reality TV marathon?

Both! They do it together are you kidding? They totally watch “Cheaters”

Who laughs more during sex?

Barbara definitely does. She goes crazy when Tabs brings in the whips and chains.

WHO IS THE LITTLE SPOON?

Honestly had to think about this. I think Barbara is, but Tabs can do it sometimes if she is in a soft mood.

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