I have found a little problem in my writing but I'm not sure how much of a problem it is. I seem to like to keep characters and certain aspects of my stories similar to my own life. With characters this means that every single one takes a little part of me and the person I am. I don't think this itself is a problem, as the characters are still quite diverse and it just means I can connect with them better. However it is when I try to use this same sentimentality in other aspects that I think I stumble. In my current story I seem to put my characters in very similar (although not exactly the same) situations that I have been in, mainly in terms of their love life. This is all very well, but the real problems started when I put my villain in a three piece suit and a top hat, a combination I am rather fond of myself (don't even ask, it's a long story). I'm getting paranoid that this sentimentality is causing me elements of my story which just don't work, but it could be just paranoia. So what does everyone else think - does the top hat work, or should I scrap it and go for more comfortable clothing?