Is your character too autobiographical?
There are a few ways this can happen.
a. you are not using your imagination
b. you like considering the world from your personal viewpoint
c. you are saving $ on therapy
d. all of the above
If your novel is reading like your personal diary, you have several options: 1. is to put it in your nightstand drawer, call it a diary and start on your novel, 2. is to own it, realize you have a story you want to share, and make it an autobiography, & 3. analyze what is making it too autobiographical and change up those elements
If you've decided to go with option 3, you are not alone. As writers, we put pieces of ourselves in the story. The important part is to keep the reader guessing as to which part is you or you will end up with a scandalous read about yourself, some long winded account of wisdom you have gained over the years, or a preachy tale of what you think people should be doing. It's fine to include a bit of the above, which is why the literary world is full of allegories, tales, and dust jackets; but your main goal is to write a ripping good yarn.
To that end,
you can bring back the balance to your writing by considering:
a. Are the characters independent? If they all think the same or are having their motives described by one of the other characters, have a closer look at this.
b. Do all of the characters have both good and bad characteristics? Humans are human so unless you are writing about robots or angels, it's best to show them being human.
c. Are there some imaginative manufactured locations? This is key to avoid the classic Archie comic awkward copy of real places and people. Don't be lazy here. Develop your spaces as if you do your characters.
Let me know how these steps go for you.
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