I'm thinking about doing some writing... and the idea I have for my characters is that I want to base them off of people in my life. Name inspiration, personality, looks... however, not all in one, just bits and pieces of people. I cannot seem to create a character without finding inspiration from my peers, family, co-workers or friends. I tend to think of my character and they automatically remind me of someone I know. Some of the time, I even base them off of myself. What are you're thoughts on finding inspiration for your characters based on those around you? If I can recall, best-selling author, Nicholas Sparks bases his characters off of his...children? It's been quite some time since I've read on him, so my memory is foggy. Correct me if I am wrong, please. I find inspiration for anything I write from everyone and everything around me.