So, I'm sure at one point or another we've all based a character on someone we know. Well some might be flattered there are others we are glad don't read. So, what's the problem if any of racing your character off your old friend Bob? He looks like Bob. He does the same kind of work as Bob. He dresses like Bob and so on. He's real Bob in a fiction story. Can I call him Bob? Real Bob and I haven't had contact in years and I don't imagine we are likely to ever talk again. Plus, he's not going to read it. Even if someone told him about it, he still wouldn't read it. And he just wouldn't care about this sort of thing. On top of that I'm not even sure there's anything wrong with it. What do you think? Have you dealt with a similar situation in your own writing? Did you still call him Bob?