I have looked a bit without success to see if my question has been answered, hopefully this is not a completely redundant post. When you create a character do you try to base them around someone you know in real life, my thought is that it helps contain their character traits to what is realistic not a set of characteristics that are not logically associated. Or do you simply create a character free form and hope their traits seem coherent with a real person, not considering MPD types. I also will assume it is always bad to use the name of a character that matches the person you may have molded your character's personality around, you don't want your friends recognizing themselves too easily. And enough modifications in the character's personality not to make it apparent who they are in your story.