Wank writeup here.
At the fanfic/RP peer criticism community in general. Based on true events.
I know fiction/roleplay does not equal real life as much as the next ranter who'll point that out; But it does tend to grate to see it come up day in day out, especially for me as a writer who's always aware of their own personal limits. So I know fiction can be a lot different from my life for example, but as if I have to pretend my writing exists in a vacuum and I don't put my own thoughts and feelings into it.
Other people may find it easy to write angst, even happy to do it. I can't because I find it hard to deal with emotions. Sounds fair, right? But I still feel vulnerable to say it on the internet.
A saying like "I feel what my characters feel" would be accepted for a published author, a few years ago at least. The internet makes people suspicious of people in fandom, creating the image of the crazy fan lurking around and willing to unleash their innermost perverted fantasies. But while you as a fan might say "I'm not like that", you forget that we ARE all the same archetype to those who are prejudiced against fanfiction. Other writers won't admit self-insert (which can come in many different ways IMO), because they deliberately create or use characters to avoid "Mary Sue". In that case, good on you that you've worked hard to make your character solid, if you know you didn't write a self insert, you know you didn't. I don't know why it's sacred to make out that you aren't your character.
You know what? I've cried to people I've RPed with, I've told secrets to people I've RPed with, I've referred to them by their avatar, I've shared thoughts about parts I haven't written that were still imprinted in my mind, often not canonical or out of their current settings. I'm "One of those people", if you ever need to attach a nickname to the image, and people mostly still respect me. Because I'm like every other writer, in all other respects.
Now, off to screencap the comments before they're all baleeted too.