Does anyone else have problems writing when the core theme/message of the piece touches a little close to home? For example, when I write a story and all of a sudden I find myself starting to write the character as if he were me, encountering things that I have encountered in my life (usually only the negative things--I'm a pessimist) it usually ruins the story for me. I can't seem to get past it. Maybe it's because I have yet to resolve the issues in my own life, but I find myself unable to dig my character out of his rut! Whenever my writing seems to resemble what I know, it cannot procede past a set point. What should I do? Erase it and try again? Power through without the feeling? Concentrate on my own life instead of writing it?