Can the creator detach themselves from their work? Their thoughts, their desire, their soul? In my opinion, I don’t believe they can.
I know when I create, whether it is writing a novel, or drawing a picture, I have to expose some of my innermost thoughts. I can’t help it, especially when writing a novel. I have to rely on my experiences. It doesn’t matter if it’s romance, science fiction, or horror. I don’t care if it’s a story based in the year 1323; the underlying words will eventually expose me.
Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with that. One of the reasons why I like to write is because it’s therapeutic for me. Some things I’ve been holding inside, I put out on the paper. Might as well use that to tell a story. To entertain, and hope that the reader would enjoy it, and maybe relate it to something similar in their live.
A few people who have read my books have giving me the side-eye. I don’t care about that anymore. It’s no different than someone harshly judging you for being yourself. Just know there is someone out there who will like it, and they are the ones who gives me the motivation to write.
Don’t be afraid to expose yourself in your fictional work. As a creator, take what’s bottled up inside you and let it out. Tell it in a way that people can understand, and can relate. Use it for entertainment. The amount of people who will like it might surprise you.