Many authors insert either themselves or a version of themselves into a story. It could be a realistic version or even an idealistic. Maybe you’re a side character or a cameo, but other times the author may be the protagonist. For example, I always thought of Luke Callindor and Clyde as my vessels. I jumped into other characters, but these were the two I put my mind into with more ease.
Avatars, surrogates, or vessels aren’t easy. We can be too nice or too mean to ourselves when we’re the characters. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to share wisdom with some questions.
- Have you ever written a story with a version of you in it?
- What’s one piece of advice you would give an author if they were going to use a vessel?
- Do you think authors should reveal a character is a vessel or keep it a secret?