I am sort of having a problem developing characters. Every one of the people in my novel is some one I know, I take what they look like, act like, and think like, tweak some small things so they work well in the story, and write them in. Yes I have asked them all if I could use them, and they have all said it was ok, as long as I thank them when I get published...more like if I get published, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. I just can't make up a character that people will be sad about, if I was to kill them off. I have read the Guides, but they just didn't help me. I really worried that using my friends as the basis for characters could come back to bite me.