My stuff is really more character study type things, they don't have a lot of anvils. Personally I find anvils to be, not inherently bad or anything, but extremely over-used. I don't need everything I read to have some kind of moral message, and yet every piece of fantasy or science fiction I read tries to shove something down my throat that was already shoved down my throat by the last one. I just want some freaking variety, is that too much to ask?
But anyway, anvils, um...
I think a rather subtle Anvil that you can get from all of my stories is that you are a better person than you think you are. You have that goodness and greatness inside you, you just have to exercise it, to believe in your personal capacity, and you can
grow into that person you want to be, there's nothing stopping you but an imaginary perception that nothing can change and you are messed up. No one is as strapped down as they think by what they perceive as their inherent personality or identity.
A lot of my protagonists, actually pretty much all of them now that I think of it, have certain character flaws that alienate them from other people, like a temper, immaturity, selfishness, bossiness or excessive pride. Seriously detrimental things that make people dislike them and make them feel terrible, because they are constantly making their lives difficult and lonely through their own actions. But through an understanding of that flaw, the immature person finds they do
have a capacity to act maturely, the selfish person can
be selfless, the prideful person can
become humble. It's about them recognizing that it's this flaw that is making them unhappy, and making people dislike them, and them choosing to exercise their own will power and decide not to be that person, instead of just saying nothing can be done because it's just the way I am. And in the end, they realize they had everything within them to be that person they wanted to be all along.
SPATULA, Supporters of Page Altering To Urgently Lead to Amelioration (supports not going through TRS for tweaks and minor improvements.)