I tend not to. One reason is the emotions for me are too real and close to home. I know some people use writing to understand their own emotions better and to work through their own personal issues, but I don't. To me writing is just a game. I like to see where my pen takes me. I don't connect my writing to my own personaly feelings. Another reason is that i feel writing about someone is quite a disrespectful thing to do. (not trying to say that anyone who uses their family as inspiration is being disrespectful, its just how i feel). When you write about someone you kind of place yourself in a position of power and you disect them. For my inspiration i tend to use people i meet briefly in social encounters, or i use observations i make in everyday life. I know that these people are flesh and blood and have feelings and emotions just like members of my family do, but the distance between me and them makes me feel more comfortable in writing about them. I guess what im saying is that i have my writing life and i have my personal life and that the two are completely seperate. When my family have problems or whatever, im looking at it from the point of view of being part of my family rather than from the point of view of being a writer. Do some people use people close to them as inspiration? Do you think i am being too sensitive in saying i feel its disrespectfull to use my family in writing? Or do you tend to agree with me? Or do you think it swings both ways?