So I didn't see this type of thread anywhere but feel free to lock or merge if one of you do. I've learned that a lot of writing has nothing at all to do with my life and experiences, but much of it does. Recently I've had a really fantastic idea for a novel that relates back to a bad experience I had relatively recently. I'm very torn about whether I should start or not. I've written lots of related stories and created dozens of characters, but I feel like this one might hit a little too close to home and might even start to seem self-pity. On the other hand it would be a wonderful opportunity to express and draw upon the feelings of frustration and suffering I've had possibly making it far more realistic and emotional. This will most definitely not be autobiographical (it's set in a sci-fi/fantasy world after all) but it will draw upon some very personal experiences. What are your thoughts? I simply don't know it's a good idea or not.