I've always heard people mention that it's bad to make a character like yourself but recently, I've created a character who has a rare disease I had as a young child and I've been contemplating the idea of writing a book about his experience with it. I'm dubious, though. While this topic is something that evokes a lot of emotion in me and I feel I'd write a powerful book with it, I'm unsure if it's a bad thing to do since it's something I've gone through firsthand. How do you guys feel about writing about things you've actually experienced in life? Does it make a book better since it comes from a personal place? Or does it make the story suffer?