In my writers course we discussed and had assignments about mixing self experienced material with fiction, and what we personally feel comfortable with writing in that aspect. Legal issues aside, how much and what of you personal experience you comfortable with using, and where do you draw the line? Using inspiration from you big bunch of siblings to write about a character with many siblings? Using loads of inspirations and scenes from different relationships you had in you life to write a romance novel? Sharing you deepest pain in a slightly changed form? ---- Me personally would be comfortable with using most things but never letting the reader know exactly whats is fact and what is fiction. As long as they cant draw a line and with 100% certain attribute things as true in willing to draw on any experience, sexual, painful or just private. Well. Almost. I got a few things to private and beautiful that I prefer to keep to myself. And of course, anything used would be used with a lot of respect for all people involved, no matter if they deserved that respect or not.