I was just curious about this. Does anybody write certain characters or settings to fill gaps in their life/emotions? Just a little explanation and backstory: When I was young I was adopted having been taken from my schizophrenic mother (I was 10 months old) and nobody knowing who my actual father was. After growing up with my adopted family I have ultimately never felt connected to any of them. Me and my dad don't really have any basis for a father son relationship, he pretty much likes the complete opposite of what I do and he rarely ever talks. And my mother is nice to a point but also is quite out there and I never really feel part of this family. The only person who did was my adopted brother (he was adopted too but from a different family) and now that he's been gone from the house for a long time I don't really feel part of a family. I didn't have that dad who I looked up to, never had that great family of weirdos that everybody seems to have. And the more I grow up the more I find myself watching movies and shows where there is always this great father figure who does his best and is always there for his sons/daughters where as my dad was always quiet and not one to butt in to much. So my question is, does anybody write to fill their gap? If they didn't have that "stephen king" circle of friends do they feel the need to write a story where there are great friends? If (you're like me) you didn't have a really strong father figure do you find yourself writing your MC's father figure really well and somebody who you would've loved to have growing up? Just curious.